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Audi Expands RS Performance Envelope with 2014 RS 7 Model

Audi Expands RS Performance Envelope with 2014 RS 7 Model

By Jeff Youngs, January 29, 2013
With the introduction of the 2014 Audi RS 7 model at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the automaker expands its RS performance car lineup to three models. Based on the Audi S7 5-door, 5-passenger luxury fastback, the new 2014 Audi RS 7 is equipped with a more powerful and sophisticated powertrain, sportier appearance inside and out, and bespoke equipment offered only for this model.

A twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 engine is installed beneath the RS 7's hood, producing 560 horsepower between 5,700 rpm and 6,700 rpm, and 553 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750 rpm and 5,500 rpm. Cylinder on Demand technology is designed to help conserve fuel, as is an automatic stop/start system that shuts the engine off when the vehicle is idling in traffic or at an intersection.

Torque-vectoring Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, fed power by an 8-speed automatic transmission equipped with Drive and Sport modes. Under normal driving conditions, the power is split 40% to the front wheels and 60% to the rear wheels. A lowered, adaptive air suspension with adaptive dampers is standard for the RS 7, as is a 4-wheel ventilated disc braking system equipped with 6-piston front calipers.

This hardware is responsible for accelerating the 2014 Audi RS 7 to 60 mph in less than 3.9 seconds, according to the manufacturer. With the speed governor deactivated--a service performed by the Audi dealer at the owner's request--the new RS 7 reaches a top speed of 189 mph, the maker claims.

As is customary, the 2014 Audi RS 7 receives front and rear styling modifications unique to this model, as well as Alu-Optic exterior trim, Xenon Plus headlights, power rear spoiler, and 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels. Inside, the RS 7 is upgraded with front sport seats featuring integrated head restraints and wrapped in leather with diamond-quilted Alcantara inserts. A 3-spoke, flat-bottomed steering wheel is standard, as well as an array of "RS" badges and a mixture of Alu-Optic, Piano Black, and Carbon inlay trim.

In addition to providing speed, the 2014 Audi RS 7 offers more than a modicum of practicality. With the rear seat in use, the car holds 19 cubic feet of luggage in its trunk. Fold the rear seats down, and the cargo hold measures 49 cubic feet.

Standard equipment highlights include a navigation system, triple-zone climate control system, Audi Connect smartphone pairing and mobile Wi-Fi service, and Audi Drive Select technology that adjusts the car's dynamic behavior.

Highlights from the options list include carbon ceramic disc brakes, sport exhaust system, sport rear differential, and a sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control. Safety-related extras include an adaptive cruise control system, Audi Pre-Sense Front, Audi Active Lane Assist, Audi Side Assist, and Night Vision Assistant with Pedestrian Detection. The optional Audi Park Assist system autonomously steers the RS 7 while the driver operates the pedals and transmission.

Additionally, the RS 7 can be upgraded with a high-fidelity premium audio system, honeycomb-quilted premium leather upholstery, Alcantara headliner, comfort seats, and a head-up display. Audi also offers LED headlights, carbon-finish exterior mirrors, matte-finish Daytona Gray paint, and several additional ways to personalize the RS 7 through the Audi Exclusive program.

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