Following the release of the new Audi RS6 Avant, Audi has unveiled the new RS7 Sportback at the 2019 Frankfurt Autoshow; equipped with the same 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 as the labrador-lugging compatriot.
The new RS7 is built on the beating heart of the 4.0L TFSI TT V8 that Audi has been using in its most recent RS models. An eye-watering 590HP is dispensed at the will of your right foot, which seems par for the course these days; until you realise it has more power than the 458 Italia, and only 7 short of the Speciale… and it has four doors… and a boot. Pardon?
From a standing toll booth start, the RS7 will do 0-60mph in a brisk 3.6 seconds, thanks to the infamous Quattro all-wheel-drive system. For those of you worried about fuel economy, an interesting new addition to the TFSI V8 is a MHEV. This is technical jargon for a mild hybrid system, in the form of a 48V electrical system which will help the alternator to recover energy when coasting, or shut off the engine when at a standstill.
With tweaked styling over the previous generation, Audi focused on giving the car more road presence by removing the creases of the panels and giving it that new mean Audi grimace. An even better addition to the RS7 is an extra seat- that’s right! You can now activate your 0-60mph warp drive with all of the family, showing them that you may have bought a practical saloon car – but you aren’t quite ready to give up the points on your licence.
Riding on air suspension, you can still use the RS7 in the same way as its less bullish base platform, the A7; allowing you to continue riding in comfort despite the 20mm lower ride height over the A7. That’s important for a family car, as despite being quick you don’t want to shake the spine out of your grandparents when trying to beat Waze on the way to the next family gathering.
Along with an additional rear seat making a crowd of five in the car, the interior continues to utilise Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit with RS tweaks to display important vehicle information such as oil temperature, pressure, torque, RPM and for those of you who are a bit daring, you can record your lap times with all the family!
Unfortunately, pricing hasn’t been released yet, but expect it to be in the region of £85,000 or likely higher, with deliveries to customers beginning in January 2020.