2014 Audi RS 7
• Audi RS 7, 5-door coupe, most powerful RS model ever offered in the U.S.
• RS 7 launches from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds
BY GERRY MILES
If you want the newest, sleekest or most powerful one usually has to pay for it. And if you can, and don’t have to ask, you’re all set.
For those wanting, and able, to get the 2014 Audi RS 7 – which Audi bills as the most powerful RS model EVER sold in the US – you’ll need at least $104,900 greenbacks to get in the game.
Power comes from a twin-turbo, 4.0 TFSI, 560 hp, V-8 engine that generates 516 lb-ft of torque. All that grunt will shoot you from 0-to-60 mph in but 3.7 seconds. It carries a top track speed of 174 mph.
In another new trend that’s catching on, at medium speeds (hard to imagine what that might be in a car like this) the RS 7 shuts off four of its cylinders via actuators to boost fuel economy by some 15 percent.
Mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission, the RS 7 of course comes with its vaunted Audi quattro® all-wheel drive system with sport differential for greater grip.
Braking is accomplished through internally vented and perforated discs that save weight: front discs are 15.4 inches while the backside measure 14 inches. The brake calipers are painted black and are also available in red.
Available in standard, matte aluminum or carbon styling, the RS 7 features distinctive bumpers, Audi Singleframe® grille in aluminum matte or high-gloss black, honeycomb grille inserts and heated, auto-dimming and power-folding exterior mirrors. The adaptive rear spoiler, lower rear diffuser and two large elliptical exhaust tailpipes only hint at the power the car can provide.
Instrument Panel of Audi RS 7
Inside, the RS 7 exudes sportiness with a 3-spoke sport steering wheel with contrast stitching and RS 7 emblem, sport seats in Valcona leather, RS-specific shift knob and interior door handles.
Front seat and IP of Audi RS 7
The RS 7 also features carbon fiber inlays; optional Layered Aluminum/Black wood decorative inlays; black-faced instrument gauges, white scales and red needles; aluminum pedals and footrest; and a Black Alcantara® headliner (optional).
Technology and driver assistance
The Audi RS 7 starts with the Prestige equipment level, which offers a multitude of technologies including the groundbreaking Audi MMI® touch with handwriting recognition. With hard and soft keys, dedicated buttons for commonly-used controls and a revolutionary touchpad that interprets hand-written inputs, you can perform a number of functions, like write the digits of telephone number and the letters of the navigation destination with a finger, or scroll over maps, all without taking your eyes off the road.
The optional Night Vision Assistant can detect pedestrians approximately 300 ft. ahead of the vehicle, highliting the person in yellow. Should the pedestrian move into the path of the vehicle the silhouette turns red and a warning sounds.
2014 Audi RS 7
A cornerview camera is part of the Driver Assistance plus package. Adaptive cruise control is optional.
Watch a video on the 2014 Audi RS 7 here:http://youtu.be/1kf_c-ELXwE
Audi RS 7 Dimensions