In its press conference late yesterday, Audi graced the stage with the 2014 Audi RS7 which is the four ringed brand’s entry in the heated high performance four door coupe segment going up against key rivals such as the also recently unveiled BMW M6 Gran Coupe and the equally formidable Mercedes CLS63 4 MATIC.
The exterior styling of the 2014 Audi RS7 communicates its performance intentions boldly and loudly with several new styling cues that make the car stand out from its less potent sibling, the S7. A reworked front fascia gives the RS7 a purposeful and aggressive face while a pair of over sized air intakes flank either side of the grille and work together to pump precious air into the twin turbocharged V8 that resides under the hood of the RS7. Other performance-oriented styling touches include a rear diffuser, dual elliptical tailpipes, gloss black honeycomb grille, and a model exclusive power operated rear spoiler. Audi customers who wish to enhance the performance-oriented theme further can opt for optional carbon fiber and matte aluminum packages that add a bit of exclusivity to the RS7’s lines.
The interior of the RS7 has also received a whole host of updates and revisions which should please drivers that want the very best from their RS7 purchase. A flat bottomed steering wheel and a performance oriented cabin greet the driver when they slip into the RS7 ‘s supportive leather sport seats while splashes of carbon fiber accents on the dashboard and center stack emphasize the RS7’s performance character and capabilities. A key aspect of performance driving is that the driver has plenty of information available while out on the road , on that front the car comes equipped with a digital screen in the instrument cluster that features a shift reminder light and readouts for oil pressure and boost pressure.
To ensure that the RS7 has the muscle to go head to head with its rivals, Audi engineers have shoehorned a twin turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 into the engine bay. It’s good for a whopping 560 horsepower and an equally impressive 516 lb-ft of torque, both of which are noticeable upgrades over the modest figures wielded by the less potent S7. A new 8-speed automatic gearbox helps channel all of this raw muscle to all four wheels and allows the RS7 to sprint to 60 mph in a scant 3.9 seconds. All of this power wouldn’t be worthwhile if the RS7 can’t navigate our favorite back roads effectively, which is why Audi engineers have made two different suspension setups available for the RS7. Buyers can choose from either a specially-developed adaptive air suspension, or a more traditional steel springed unit equipped with three-stage adjustable dampers.
While Audi did not reveal a formal launch date for the RS7 during its press conference, look for more information regarding an official launch date as well as official pricing details to be revealed in the near future when the vehicle is closer to being delivered to an Audi showroom near you.