The 2014 U.S.-spec Audi RS7 Sportback kicks off from $104,900 and is scheduled to reach stateside dealerships this fall. Compared to the standard A7 Sportback, the hotter RS7 can be easily distinguished thanks to its two elliptical tailpipes, revised front and rear bumpers, as well as a redesigned front grille which adopts a honeycomb pattern.
The interior cabin has an RS-specific shift knob, flat-bottomed steering wheel and Valcona leather sport seats. You also get aluminum pedals, carbon fiber trim, plus the firm’s MMI Touch infotainment system with Internet connectivity support.
It’s heart and soul is a powerful V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo TFSI engine capable of unleashing an impressive 560 HP (412 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. Those ponies are sent to the company’s quattro all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This setup allows the 2014 RS7 Sportback to run the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in 3.7 seconds before hitting a maximum speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).
Audi says that despite the car’s more than sporty performances, the RS7 Sportback can return 24 mpg US (9.8 liters / 100 km) thanks to the implementation of cylinder on demand technology which will automatically switch off four cylinders during light to medium loads.