Too hot to handle
Dynamics are at their most beautiful with the RS 7 Sportback, the most potent five-door coupé in the Audi range, making it look even sharper and perform even more efficiently, yet no less formidably.
The mighty four-litre twin-turbo V8 engine retains its rightful place at the heart of the new-look RS 7 Sportback, but is with a four per cent reduction in CO2 emissions and improved three per cent fuel consumption.
Combining the power of a sports car with the elegance of a large, five-door coupé, the revised engine provides the same prodigious 560 PS and catapults the five-door coupé from 0 to 62mph in 3.9 seconds, with top speed of up to 187mph.
An eight-speed tiptronic transmission tuned for optimum performance also features a tall final gear to contribute to fuel efficiency. On a combined cycle, the resonant V8 twin-turbo returns up to 29.7mpg, and emits 221 grams of CO2 per km. A key factor in this efficiency is the Cylinder on Demand (CoD) system, which can shut down four cylinders during partial load operation.
Even at first glance, the Audi RS 7 Sportback reveals its dynamic character – the long bonnet, flowing C-pillars and the sharply sloping rear end form an aesthetic overall impression. New design details such as the single-frame grille with the black honeycomb add striking touches.
Subtle modifications have also been made to the bumper, with its distinctive air inlets. The headlights now feature LED technology as standard and the Matrix LED technology available for the first time on the RS 7 Sportback, with integrated dynamic turn signals on the front and rear.
In the elegant interior, dominated by the RS sport seats, the designers have made judicious changes to the instrument cluster, including the air outlet controls of the vent nozzles, the shift paddles behind the steering wheel and the quattro emblem on the instrument panel.
The revised Audi RS 7 Sportback is fitted with 20-inch forged lightweight alloy wheels as a standard. Optional 21-inch cast aluminium wheels are available in three different colours.
The four internally ventilated brake discs have a weight-saving wave design. Alternatively carbon fibre-ceramic discs are available as an option. Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) features a Sport mode that can be deactivated altogether if required.
The Audi RS 7 Sportback will be available to order in the UK later this summer ahead of first deliveries in late 2014.