2020 Audi RS7 Sportback price, specs and release date
This is the all-new Audi RS7 Sportback – the second generation of the car that’s supposed to combine the style of a coupe, practicality of a hatchback, luxury of a limousine and the performance of a supercar. Here’s all you need to know about it.
new Audi RS7 Sportback
On sale from end of 2019
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2020 Audi RS7 price and release date
The RS7 Sportback is likely to cost from around £100,000 – and that’s before some pricey options. First customers can expect their new RS7 delivered by the end of the year.
2020 Audi RS7 styling
There’s no risk your ridiculously rapid Audi RS7 Sportback is gonna be mistaken for the standard model. It gets a honeycomb grille with quattro style air vents and an enormous vented front splitter that looks like it could swallow other cars whole. Bulging wheel arches huge alloys, and sporty side skirts give the RS7 a badass profile, while at the back you get THE BIGGEST EXHAUST PIPES EVER FITTED TO AN AUDI. Oh, and a spoiler that rises up at 75mph so the police can tell when you are speeding. Brilliant.
2020 Audi RS7 interior
Audi’s gone to some effort to make the RS7’s interior feel a lot more special than a basic car’s. Open the door and you’ll spot cool illuminated sills and heavily bolstered sports seats in Nappa leather. Alternatively, you can pay extra to have them in even softer Valcona leather, complete with RS badges embossed into the material. Not enough racy enough for you? Then you’ll need the red design pack. This adds red highlights to the steering wheel, gear gaiter and seat belts. Audi’s even updated the infotainment graphics to show an RS7 on the display rather than a standard A7. Now that’s attention to detail.
2020 Audi RS7 practicality
The RS7’s designed for people who can have their cake and eat it. So, it’s as quick and stylish as a top-end sports car, yet it’s also practical enough to fit into your life like a big hatchback. That means you get acres of room up front for tall adults, but they should feel equally at home in the back. And you can now swap the two individual body-hugging rear seats for a more practical three-seater bench. Even the boot is practical. At 535 litres, it’s big enough for a set of suitcases and the large tailgate gives you more room to load bulky luggage than you’d get in a normal saloon or coupe.
2020 Audi RS7 engine and driving
Any doubts that the RS7 means business will dissolve when you feel the full fury of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8 hidden under bonnet. It produces 600hp and a staggering 800Nm of torque, which is fed to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 0-60mph is over in 3.6 seconds while top speed is limited to 155mph. Although, Audi being Audi will increase this to 174mph if you pay a bit more money. Pay a little bit more again and Audi will let the car do 190mph. And if you want to make your RS7 sound as good as it can, then you’ll want the RS Sport exhaust which has black tips and, of course, costs even more cash. Good old Audi making a car but not as good as it could from the get go to rinse its customers for all they are worth.
Fuel-sipping hybrids are the last thing you think of when you see the RS7, but that’s exactly what it is… Sort of. Its 48V power supply means the Audi’s officially a mild-hybrid. It can regenerate power when you lift your foot off the accelerator on the motorway or just switch the engine off saving fuel by coasting down the road. The RS7 can also engage its engine stop-start system quicker than a normal car, and deliver an electric power boost when making off from a standstill. The result is that this heavy, 600hp super-coupe can return fuel economy of around 30mpg.
One thing that you can guarantee about a fast Audi is that it’ll come with quattro four-wheel drive and, naturally, the RS7 gets the latest version. Most of the time, it sends 60% of power to the back wheels to make the car feel more responsive in corners, although up to 70% can go to the front if the car needs extra grip. Also the car can brake inside wheels to help it turn into corners faster while the optional sport differential will make it possible to actually do tail slides.
If you want to give your RS7 a pillowy soft ride that can smooth out the bumpiest roads then there’s some good news – air suspension comes as standard. It’s adjustable, though, so if you want it to be sporty, it can be. Not only does it make the RS7 20 millimeters lower than the standard A7, it’s also 50% stiffer than the air suspension offered in the normal car to handle the RS7’s potential 190mph top speed.
2020 Audi RS7 chassis
The optional RS sport suspensions plus with Dynamic Ride Control is even sportier. This uses firmer steel springs and dampers and keeps the Sportback flat in corners by pushing pressurised oil to the corner that’s leaning most. This helps keep the big Audi stable and level on twisty roads. But if that all sounds like a recipe for discomfort and back problems don’t worry – there’s a comfort setting that’ll hopefully keep the car feeling pillow-soft. As standard, the RS7 gets progressive steering. This means you don’t have to turn the steering wheel as much when you get to tighter bends. If you want even quicker responses, then there’s the optional dynamic all-wheel steering. At high speed, this will turn the rear wheels in the same direction as the fronts to improve stability, while at lower speeds the opposite happens and the rear wheels go in the opposite direction to the fronts – like on a forklift truck. That makes the huge RS7 more manoeuvrable in confined spaces like multi storey car parks.
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