What’s not changing is the car’s powertrain, but this was hardly a sore point. The twin-turbocharged, direct-injection, cylinder deactivation-capable 4.0-litre (4.0 TFSI) V8 continues to produce a very healthy 560-horsepower and equally robust 516 lb-ft of torque, while a quick-shifting paddle-shift actuated eight-speed automatic transmission puts all that thrust down to the tarmac via Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system. The result of all this go-fast goodness is a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and a top speed that ranges between 250 and 305 km/h.
"The Audi RS 7 Sportback confirms the reputation of the RS models as the superior, top athletes of our brand," commented Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development of AUDI AG. "The combination of a powerful four‑liter V8 engine with cylinder on demand technology,
Standard 2015 RS 7 Sportback fare in European markets is a new MMI infotainment system with 4G LTE connectivity and a Bang & Olufsen sound system, while the HVAC vents have been redesigned, as have the shift paddles. Standard in all markets will be the new RS7’s freshened exterior styling, with a revised horseshoe grille featuring a narrow aluminum-rimmed quarter section at the bottom for a unique look, highlighted with the “quattro” script boldly written across its mesh black grille insert, as has been done with other recently updated RS
For RS 7 buyers concerned with fuel economy, Audi claims a premium unleaded combined city/highway consumption rate of 9.5 L/100km, with 221 grams CO2 per kilometre. Considering the engine’s performance, such a rating is very good. Audi points to its new Cylinder On Demand (COD) cylinder-deactivation system, which will “shut down four cylinders during partial load operation.”
While this new version of the RS 7 Sportback will be given the 2015 model year in Europe, it won’t make it to North America until the 2016 model year, so start saving your pennies.
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