Frankfurt Motor Show - Hot on the heels of the new RS6 Avant that was revealed late last month, Audi is showing us the all-new RS7 Sportback which takes exactly the same high performance mild hybrid format and drops it into a less practical but more striking body.
Just like the RS6, the new RS7 is powered by a revised twin-turbo V8 powertrain that puts out 441kW and 800Nm, the latter available between 2050 and 4500rpm. It also matches its wagon siblings zero to 100km/h sprint time of 3.6 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 250km/h.
Ensuring the beastly soundtrack to match, engine acoustics are regulated by a flap system, linked to Audi Drive Select.
The RS7 is fitted with a 48-volt main electrical system and features a mild hybrid set-up with a belt alternator. The system can recover up to 12kW of power during light deceleration, which is then stored in a separate lithium ion battery. Ultimately, the set-up is said to save up to 0.8 litres per 100km in everyday driving. Cylinder deactivation also reduces consumption.
The new motor is paired with an eight-speed tiptronic autobox and a quattro all-wheel-drive system that can send up to 85 percent of the torque to the back wheels. Handling is tidied up further by a sport differential on the back axle, which regulates the torque distribution between the back wheels.