It was a sad day when Audi announced that the RS6 Avant won’t reach U.S. territory but at least the recently unveiled RS7 Sportback will make it there. Revealed in Detroit, the latest RS model from the Ingolstadt automaker makes use of the same 4.0-liter engine found in the RS6 Avant, good enough for no less than 552 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. As standard, the engine is linked to an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox and the quattro permanent AWD system. This setup allows the vehicle to perform the 0-62 mph run in only 3.9 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
With the dynamic package top speed is increased to 174 mph (280 km/h) while with the dynamic package plus it can reach 190 mph (305 km/h). Those who will be purchasing the 2013 Audi RS7 Sportback don’t really care about fuel consumption, but Audi mentions it will do 24 mpg (9.8 liters / 100 km). The engine benefits from the cylinder on demand technology which means that at light to medium loads and engine speeds it turns off half the cylinders which will be back on when the driver hits the accelerator pedal.
To stop the car efficiently, Audi’s engineers have installed four internally-vented discs measuring 390mm at the front. At an additional cost, the RS7 Sportback can be optionally ordered with 420mm carbon fiber ceramic discs featuring calipers painted in anthracite gray.
Source: Audi via WorldCarFans