Scorching pace for new Audi RS 7

Audi has announced a ballistic new RS 7 Sportback to widen the expanding high-performance RS range still further.

Audi has announced a ballistic new RS 7 Sportback to widen the expanding high-performance RS range still further.

By Press Association reporters

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Priced at around £84,000 ahead of the order books opening in the summer, the RS 7 will be available in various shades from relatively genteel to completely mad, all of them with supercar-chasing acceleration.

The 0-62mph sprint is conquered in just 3.9 seconds, while top speed is one of the madness measures that speed freaks can use to tailor the car to their desires. The standard 155mph limit can be raised to 174mph or 189mph, while the standard exhaust system can be made more vocal at the touch of a button.

A further step is a throaty sports exhaust system from the options list which increases bass, tone and volume even further, making the most of the sonorous V8’s talents.

The 552bhp engine is the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo unit fitted to the recently-announced RS 6 and the Bentley Continental GT V8, with the latest cylinder deactivation technology and up to 28.8mpg possible. Its ferocious pace comes relentlessly, with peak power delivered hot between 5,700rpm and 6,700rpm and peak torque spread from 1,750rpm to 5,500rpm.

An eight-speed automatic gearbox takes the strain from the engine and transmits it to the road in dramatic fashion via quattro permanent four-wheel drive. The system also includes torque vectoring, which has been used to great effect on cars like the RS 5, and a complex arrangement of differentials to distribute the power to the wheels that can best use it.

The RS 7 will also have RS-specific air suspension as standard, while UK models will wear 20-inch wheels. Larger versions are available as options. Also optional is a Dynamic Steering setup, which allows drivers to manage the actual steering ratio and assistance levels, giving greater response for a giving turn of the wheel or a lighter action for more slower, more relaxed driving.

Although the RS 7 will be comprehensively equipped, almost all the most desirable features, like the 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, will be optional. It is likely that configuring the car to a point topping £100,000 will be very easy.

By Press Association reporters