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Detroit Motor Show 2013: Audi RS7 Sportback

RS6 Avant gets a new, sleeker RS brother...

Hot on the heels of the RS6 Avant, Audi has revealed the RS7 Sportback at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. This is a departure for the German carmaker, as usually there is an RS6 Saloon and Avant model, but for this generation they have decided to mix it up a little and offer the A7 as the new variant, creating the RS7.

There are no real surprises with the RS7, having seen the RS6. The front end has the same style front bumper, with the brushed aluminium vents in the side air intakes and at the bottom of the main grille which features the 3D ‘quattro’ logo as on the RS6. The RS7 has more sharply styled LED headlights with the now-standard DRLs. As the A7 already has an electronically rising rear bootlid spoiler, the rear end is mostly unchanged save for the bumper now sporting a diffuser and the RS-specific large twin oval exhaust pipes. The RS7 sits on 20” alloy wheels as standard, with 21” an option.

Inside, the RS7 gets a carbon-heavy look, with the wonder material on the dash, centre console and doors, with leather covering the remaining surfaces. The seats get a new honeycomb quilted pattern as well, giving a more luxurious feel to the cabin.

Power for the RS7 is unsurprisingly the same as the RS6, which means a 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 producing 552 bhp and 553 lb/ft of torque. 0-62 mph is dealt with in an impressive 3.9 seconds on the way to a limited 155 mph top speed – which can be raised to 174 mph with the Dynamic Package, or 190 mph with the Dynamic Plus Package.

The main rivals for the RS7 Sportback are the recently revealed BMW M6 GranCoupe and the Mercedes CLS63 AMG, which was updated at the Detroit Show as well. It now features the same 577 bhp engine as the new E63S AMG, which should make for a very interesting 3-way group test.

The RS7 Sportback goes on sale in July and should cost around £78,000.

Images courtesy of Audi

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more