Is there a new, finely-engineered German automobile in your near future? Perhaps in 2015? Consider the 2015 Audi RS7 Sportback. Here’s a look, and a driving report…
ABOUT THE 2015 AUDI RS 7 SPORTBACK The headlights, also adapted to the new Singleframe, come with LED technology as a standard feature. On request, Audi will provide headlights with the innovative Matrix LED technology, available exclusively on the RS 7 Sportback, with additionally darkened trims. This offer also includes turn signals with dynamic display at the front. At the rear they’re generally standard. The taillights also have a new interior design. New to the paint finishes are the colors Floret Silver, Metallic; Glacier White, Metallic; Mythos Black, Metallic and Sepang Blue, Pearl Effect. The 4.0 TFSI in the revised Audi RS 7 Sportback provides as before 560 horsepower, with a constant 516.3 lb‑ft of torque at engine speeds between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. The engine propels the five‑door coupé from 0 to 60 in just 3.9 seconds; the optional dynamics packages allow top speeds of 174 and 189 mph, respectively. In the ECE cycle however, the V8 bi‑turbo delivers almost 25 miles per gallon of fuel economy. A key factor in this efficiency is the cylinder on demand (COD) system, which can shut down four cylinders during partial load operation. An 8‑speed Tiptronic transmission, tuned for sporty performance with a tall eight gear, directs the power of the eight‑cylinder engine to the Quattro permanent all‑wheel drive. On request, Audi will combine Quattro all‑wheel drive with the optional sport differential on the rear axle. The RS adaptive air suspension, together with adaptive damping, standard on the RS 7 Sportback, lowers the body by 0.8 inches; its control is incorporated in the Audi drive select driving dynamics system. Audi offers the tauter RS Sport Suspension Plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative. A further option is dynamic steering, with its continuously variable steering ratio. The revised Audi RS 7 Sportback is fitted with 20‑inch forged lightweight alloy wheels as a standard feature; 21‑inch cast aluminum wheels in three color versions are optionally available. The four internally ventilated brake disks have a weight‑saving wave design; alternatively Audi installs carbon fiber-ceramic disks. Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) has a Sport mode that can be deactivated altogether if need be.
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