2014 Audi RS 7 Sportback is the sweetest ride on the planet [video]
Audi stuffed a 560 horsepower TFSI engine into the new 2014 RS 7 Sportback and gave it incredible performance, but the suspension that goes with this new hot rod sportback is equally as impressive. If you are going to give a car outstanding performance, it better have the suspension and stopping power to go with it. Audi is launching the new RS 7 Sportback and it will give performance enthusiasts driving dynamics that are the best in the world.
The new track-tested RS 7 is the most powerful RS that Audi has ever produced. The highly-anticipated Sportback is built with the twin-turbo 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine, producing an astounding 560 hp that launches the RS 7 from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. All that power will be transferred to the wheels via an RS-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission. It will have an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. In its standard trim, this will be one fast family sedan.
Audi offers more performance upgrades
But Audi has kicked it up a notch for those who want to get the ultimate performance out of their new RS 7. Since Audi went out of their way to give the new 2014 RS 7 the most hp ever, they also gave the suspension some tweaks to give it the ultimate driving dynamics for enthusiasts who want to experience more. There will be an available Dynamic Plus package that raises the top speed ceiling to 190 mph. That’s if you can find a stretch of road or a track long enough.
The new RS 7 will come standard with an air suspension, which harmonizes perfectly with the dynamic character of a sport coupe for a sporty but more comfortable ride. This adaptive air suspension lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.79 in). Adaptive damping, another of the system’s features, adjusts the suspension’s response to the condition of the road, the driver’s style and the mode selected in the Audi drive select system, with which the driver can alter the function of key components in multiple steps. This suspension is impressive, but do you want the ultimate in performance?
Dynamic Plus package for ultimate performance
But for those who want to get the most out of their RS 7, Audi offers the Dynamic Plus package that features a taut sport suspension plus with dynamic ride control (DRC) as an alternative to the air suspension. It gets upgrades like steel springs and three-stage adjustable dampers that are connected to one another via diagonal oil lines and a central valve. The diagonally linked DRC dampers central valves regulate oil flow.
This upgrade is for driving enthusiasts who want to experience the 560 hp to the fullest. The dynamic ride control suspension system allows the RS 7 to take the corners at higher speeds with very little body roll and leaning. Audi also offers optional 420 millimeter (16.54 in) carbon fiber ceramic discs with anthracite gray calipers. The powerful vented disc brakes reduce pitching during high-speed braking. These are a must when braking from 190 mph.
Another option Audi offers for driving enthusiasts is the dynamic steering with its steplessly variable steering boost and ratio. Its characteristics are specially tailored for the RS 7 Sportback to be matched with the dynamic ride control package. The body of the Audi RS 7 Sportback includes up to 20 percent aluminum and includes high-strength and ultra high-strength steels. Its high rigidity is the foundation for the precise handling that performance enthusiasts are looking for.
The all-new 2014 Audi RS 7 Sportback is the fastest and most powerful RS ever built by the German automaker. With the dynamic ride control package, it gives performance enthusiasts the ultimate in driving dynamics and is one sweet ride. Look for the RS 7 to be launched in Europe first and later this fall in the U.S.
Watch 2014 Audi RS 7 Sportback - Dynamic Ride Control video.