Test Drive: 2014 Audi RS 7 Sportback

Audi RS 7 Sportback 2014_Test Drive_01The elegant five-door coupe, Audi A7 Sportback is also available as a powerful RS version. To enhance its sporty appearance the Audi RS 7 features many distinctive design details, including redesigned bumpers, high-gloss black grille with honeycomb structure, diffuser, two large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes. However, it looks so stylish, that you wouldn’t guess what kind of a beast it actually is.

Under the hood of the Audi RS 7 lurks the twin-turbo V8 with a displacement of 3,993 cc. It develops amazing 412 kW (560 hp) between 5,700 and 6,700 rpm, and mighty 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torque available from 1,750 rpm to 5,500 rpm. To put all this power to the road, the car is equipped with eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro four-wheel drive system.

The eight-speed tiptronic transmission is tuned to match the sporty character of the Audi RS 7. Driver can choose either the D or sportier S drive mode. The S mode keeps the revs higher and downshifts earlier. You can also change gear by using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The four-wheel drive system distributes the power as needed within a wide range between the front and rear axles. In the standard configuration, 60 percent flows to the rear and 40 percent to the front.

With so much power and torque available, this big five-door coupe provides an excellent performance. Audi RS 7 Sportback can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), but if you want, Audi can make it go faster. With the optional dynamic package the top speed limit is raised to 280 km/h (174 mph) and with the dynamic package plus you can accelerate to a top speed of 305 km/h (190 mph).
The Audi RS 7 is nicely quite in normal driving situations. If you want to enjoy from a sportier exhaust sounds, you can activate them with a push of a button. Then the switchable flaps in the exhaust system make the engine sound even more impressive.

With this powerful, but considerably small 4.0-litre engine you can also achieve pretty decent fuel consumption figures. The average fuel consumption is just 9.8 l/100 km (24.00 US mpg), or 9,5 l/100km with the 2015 Audi RS 7. One feature that helps to safe fuel at steady driving speeds is the cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to medium engine loads, it deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 by closing their valves via electromechanical actuators. The 4.0 TFSI then runs as a four-cylinder engine. When more power is required, all cylinders are put back in action. All of these operations take just a few hundredths of a second. It happens so quickly and smoothly, that you won’t notice it when driving.

Audi RS 7 comes as standard with the air suspension. Together with the adaptive damping, the car feels as comfortable as any luxury sedan. With the Audi drive select, you can choose the more comfortable or sportier driving mode. With the dynamic-mode, the suspension works superbly on a curvy road. If the air suspension feels too soft, Audi also offers the optional sport suspension plus with dynamic ride control (DRC) as an alternative. It uses steel springs and three-stage adjustable dampers.

High performance sedans are not always very enjoyable or comfortable as a daily transport, but as this Audi RS 7 works perfectly also as a luxury five-door coupe, we’ll give it a full approval as a potential Gentleman’s Car.