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The Outstanding Audi RS 7 Sportback

The Outstanding Audi RS 7 Sportback

Audi will be expanding its RS model line-up with the introduction of the Audi RS 7 Sportback at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Some cars deserve to be introduced starting first from the exterior styling, the interior styling followed lastly by the engine that actually propels them. However cars such as Audi’s RS models as well as Mercedes’s AMG models all deserve to start first with the engine specs whilst the interior and exterior to some extent tend to be more arbitrary. So, on that note we’ll start with the key differentiator from a standard A7 Sportbackand the RS 7 Sportback, the engine.

The five-door coupe Audi RS 7 Sportback is powered by a twin turbo 4.0 V8 TFSI engine producing 412kW available between 5700 and 6700rpm. A constant 700Nm of torque is available between 1750 and 5500rpm.

This enables the RS 7 Sportback to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 305km/h when the speed governor is deactivated upon customer request. All of this achieved while consuming a relatively frugal 9.8 l/100km. This fuel efficiency is achieved in part due to the Cylinder On Demand (COD) system which allows the 4.0 litre V8 engine to run on 4 cylinders.

The cylinder heads have the exhaust side on the inside and the intake side on the outside. The two twin-scroll turbochargers, which produce up to 1.2 bars of relative boost pressure, are located together with the intercooler in the inside V of the cylinder banks. Consequently, the gas paths are very short and response very good. The RS-specific engine management and unthrottled intake system also contribute to the dynamic character of the twin-turbo V8. Switchable flaps in the exhaust system make the engine sound even fuller at the push of a button or under strong acceleration. Audi also offers an optional sport exhaust system.

The engine of the Audi RS 7 Sportback is coupled to an 8-speed tiptronic transmission which offers drivers the option of choosing between modes D and S or change gears themselves using the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever, which sports a unique RS design.

The Audi RS 7 Sportback comes standard with Quattro permanent all-wheel drive. At the heart of the Quattro is a centre differential with a high locking rate and separate oil cooler to regulate temperature. It distributes the power as needed within a wide range between the front and rear axles. In the standard configuration, 60% flows to the rear and 40% to the front.

Putting the power to the road are the 20-inch forged lightweight wheels in a seven twin-spoke design. An optional 21-inch cast wheel with a choice of three designs is also available.

Stopping power for the Audi RS7 Sportback comes via four internally vented discs which feature a weight-saving wave design and measure 390 mm in diameter up front. Black painted six-piston calipers – optionally available in red – grip the discs. An optional 420mm carbon fibre ceramic disc with anthracite gray calipers is also available.

The ride of the Audi RS 7 Sportback should also be well-balanced considering the adoptive air suspension and damping. An optional sport suspension is available as an alternative to the air suspension for those wanting a firmer and more dynamic setup.

Now on to the exterior styling, to compliment the menacing grunt of the 4.0 litre V8 the look of the Audi RS 7 Sportback firmly follows the Audi RS model ethos on styling.

A series of specific design details give a sporty edge to the Audi RS 7 Sportback. These include the distinctive bumpers and high-gloss black protective grille with honeycomb structure at the front of the car as well as add-on parts in matt aluminium. At the rear of the car, which features a power extending spoiler, the diffuser and the two large, elliptical tailpipe trims of the exhaust system catch the eye.

The RS 7 Sportback is available in a choice of ten exterior colours and will have two styling packages on offer for customers to choose from; matt aluminium and carbon. With these, the front center air inlet also sports a quattro badge. With the carbon styling package, the front splitter and the diffuser are somewhat more boldly shaped. Other options include the exterior mirrors with exposed carbon housings and the all-LED headlights, whose designer trims are tinted for a unique look.

The interior also sports the normal Audi RS detailing which includes a 3 D RS 7 logo in the tachometer, the flat-bottomed three-spoke leather steering wheel, illuminated door entry sills and the displays for the MMI and driver information system also sport RS badges. The driver information system includes a shift light, which indicates when the rev limit is reached. Displays for boost pressure and oil temperature plus a lap timer round out the RS 7 Sportback specific menu.

Also not to forget are the Audi RS sports seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated heads restraints designed to keep the occupants but mostly the driver in place and in control of thi fiery beast that is the Audi RS 7 Sportback.

The Audi RS 7 Sportback comes with a generous list of standard equipment, including xenon plus headlights, a tire pressure monitoring system, the parking system plus, three-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control and the Audi sound system in addition to features mentioned previously. High-end options include a head-up display, a comfort package, the dynamic package and the dynamic package plus.

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2013 Audi A3 Sportback: More Pics and Videos

2013 Audi A3 Sportback: More Pics and Videos

Earlier in the year Audi released some information on the Audi A3 Sportback, and recently released even more information on the upcoming Audi A3 Sportback which is set to be on dealer floors from February 2013 in Europe.

The use of ultra lightweight technology from Audi reduces the weight of the new Audi A3 Sportback by as much as 90 kilograms compared with the previous version. Equipped with the 1.4 TFSI engine, the five-door model has a curb weight (without driver) of just 1,205 kilograms.

The body of the new Audi A3 Sportback is long and lean. While the length (4,310 millimeters), width (1,780 millimeters) and height (1,425 millimeters) of the new model are only slightly greater than on the previous model, the wheelbase is now significantly longer at 2,636 millimeters, an increase of 58 millimeters.

The distinctive, Stone Gray single-frame grille with the angled upper corners is the distinguishing element at the front of the vehicle.

Audi rings are highlighted three-dimensionally. The flat headlights give the new Audi A3 Sportback a determined gaze. Full LED headlights will be offered at a later time.

The interior of the new Audi A3 Sportback is elegant, airy and cleanly designed. It carries over the dynamics of the exterior. The instrument panel with its curving front is slim and low. Together with the center console oriented toward the driver, it appears to float slightly.

The interior finish is what we have come to expect from Audi, the large, round air nozzles in jet design, the elegant user interface panel for the climate control system and sculpturally styled trim set the tone – with their polish they bring the quality of the full-size class into the new Audi A3 Sportback. The seats and steering wheels are new developments, and the car’s user controls are clear and intuitive – as they are in every Audi. The compact five-door model offers a generous luggage capacity of between 380 and 1,220 liters.

Customized online services, which the brand offers under Audi connect, network drivers to the Internet and rapidly supply the driver with key information – in an easy-to-comprehend format. The connection to the Internet is established via Audi connect, an extension of the MMI navigation plus system. Passengers can surf and e-mail freely with up to eight mobile devices via the integrated WLAN hotspot.

The system delivers Internet services tailored for the driver to the car – from navigation with Google Earth images and Google Maps Street View to Audi online traffic information to services such as Facebook and Twitter. Audi connect offers drivers for the first time the ability to have e-mail read aloud and to dictate text messages (SMS).

The new Audi A3 Sportback is launching with two TDI and two TFSI engines, all of which are new developments. Their engine displacements range from 1.4 to 2.0 litres and their power from 77 kW to 135 kW.

At its launch, the 1.8 TFSI is being offered with a seven-speed S tronic; in combination with the vehicle dynamics system Audi drive select, it offers a free-wheeling function that reduces fuel consumption. The 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI are paired with a manual six-speed transmission. Quattro permanent all-wheel drive will follow shortly.

The new Audi A3 Sportback will begin appearing in German dealerships in February 2013, with prices starting at €23,400. The 1.2 TFSI will be available somewhat later for a base price of €22,500. Customers can choose between the trim lines Attraction, Ambition and Ambiente. There is also large number of sporty and comfortable options, such as adaptive light of the panoramic glass roof.

We have not managed to get the South African vehicle specifications or pricing for the new Audi A3 Sportback, hopefully we will soon.

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2013 Audi A3 Sportback Breaks Cover - Video Included

2013 Audi A3 Sportback Breaks Cover – Video Included

 

Audi release information on its forthcoming sporty and functional Audi A3 Sportback yesterday and if you liked the 3 door version of the Audi A3 you are sure to like the A3 Sportback.

Visually the Audi A3 Sportback follows the form of the Audi A3 3 door variant with the major noticeable change being the longer side profile and the rear of the car. The interior also follow similar design cues as its smaller Audi A3 3 door. Audi has also done its best to ensure that the A3 Sportback chassis is balanced, harmonious and sporty.

The wheelbase of the Audi A3 Sportback is 2636mm, an increase of 58mm over the outgoing model, and 35mm longer when compared to the 2013 Audi A3 3 door.

The side profile is dominated by the shorter overhang at the front, tautly curved surfaces, the large defined wheel wells, the relatively narrow sharply sloping C pillars, the understated roof spoiler, and the door mounted exterior mirrors.

Audi will offer the A3 Sportback in 13 12 colours and will also offer the S line sport package or S line exterior package as an option.

The Audi A3 Sportback will offer ample rear seat space and easy access for three adults, largely due to the increased wheelbase (58 millimetres), and the several millimetres more head and leg room compared to the outgoing model.

The luggage compartment offers 380 liters of space in the basic configuration, with the capacity expanding to1220 litres with the 60:40 rear seats folded down.

The engines on offer on the Audi A3 will range from the 1.2litre 77kW TFSI engine to the 2.0litre 135kW TDI. However Audi will offer the A3 Sportback initially with a choice of three five engines, and increase the engine line-up over time. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron with a powerful plug-in hybrid drive is also set for introduction in 2014.

All engines in the new Audi A3 Sportback are paired with a manual six-speed transmission. An S tronic transmission will also be available as an option with all engines.

Quattro permanent all-wheel drive featuring a newly developed multi-plate clutch will also be available as an option for the 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TDI.

The new Audi A3 Sportback will begin appearing in German dealerships in February 2013.

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