Audi is bringing even more athleticism to its range of four-seat hatchbacks by introducing the new RS 7, which can be had in the U.S. for $105,795 including delivery.
A twin-turbo V8 sends 560 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, making it capable of reaching 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 174 mph and weight has been cut back by 55 lbs. compared to the Audi S7. An eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission is linked up to the engine.
Further performance comes from 15.4-inch front brake rotors and 14-inch rears, both of which can be finished in either black or red. A tuned exhaust system is fitted, but a sport exhaust system can be had as an option.
Audi put in some work on the fuel economy of the RS 7 as well. This engine features cylinder deactivation that the brand says will help increase fuel economy by 15 percent, for a combined rating of 24 mpg.
Interior and exterior style are also tweaked on the car, which gets a leather-wrapped interior, new side skirts and unique bumpers along with an active rear spoiler and an Alcantara headliner.
For pricing contrast, the RS 7 comes in a little more expensive that the $95,500 Mercedes CLS63 AMG, but doesn’t quite get to the $113,000 needed to get into the BMW M6 Gran Coupe.
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