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16 November 2012

This week for #FotoshopFriday we’ve decided to finish off some renders we’ve been working on for some time. While it’s doubtful the Audi RS 7 will pop up next week at the L.A. Auto Show, its appearance seems imminent and likely at one of next year’s major motor shows. Given this, we decided to push these out in order to give our readers a better idea of what to expect.

In creating the Audi RS 7, we had a good idea on where to start. RS 7 test mules have been spied this previous year and likely the chin seen on the car is near production. Like the RS 5 Cabriolet mules we’ve seen in Germany first hand before the car’s release, we believe Audi is testing with a nose that represents the exact airflow the production RS 7 will experience. Also like the RS 5 Cabriolet, we believe the RS 7 will feature those fantastic blister fenders for production, but skipped them in the test mule phase in order to blend in (or not give everything away…).


So we know how it was going to look at the nose. Given Audi’s strong cohesiveness of the RS brand, we are making a highly educated guess at the rest. Our mule features the aforementioned blister fender arches and the lower rear valance with oval exhaust tips that are expected cues. Also likely is the use of that great-looking new split-spoke RS wheel design that was introduced on the RS 4 and is now migrating to duty on the RS 5 as well. Sample images of those wheels included carbon ceramic brakes underneath, and it seems a foregone conclusion that the RS 7 will offer these as optional kit.

RS 7 Engine Intel
What else do we know about the RS 7? Our intel and logic both tell us that the car will use a version of Audi’s new 4.0 TFSI biturbo engine. Many rumor stories we’ve read suggest the RS 7 will simply adopt a pre-packaged hotter version from the S8 or Bentley Continental GT V8 (520 hp and 567 hp respectively, versus the S7’s 420 hp), but we’re not so sure.

While at the recent North American S6, S7 and S8 launch event we had a chance to chat one of the engineers who worked on the 4.0 TFSI program. At that time we learned that one of the significant differences between the 4.0 TFSI applications between S8 and S7 is the addition of a second intake for better flow and less pressure loss. Apparently, the packaging of the S8’s second intake will not fit the C-sized packaging of the S7.

There is another factor at play here too and that is precedent. RS cars have always made use of an engine tuned by or for quattro GmbH specifically for the RS application (also shared with R8 in the case of the 4.2 FSI high-rev). If Audi follows in this expected action, then it is reasonable to assume that quattro GmbH is developing its own higher-spec 4.0 TFSI for fitment in the smaller packaging of the C-sized cars – RS 6 and RS 7.

What Else to Expect from RS 7?
Expect the usual array of other upgrades as well from the RS 7. No doubt the car will get RS-style gauges similar to what is seen in the RS 4 and RS 5. We’d not be surprised to see a flat-bottom steering wheel added as well as Recaro shell seats as optional… at least in Europe until an airbag-equipped version becomes available. More aggressive tuning of the car’s electronic systems such as suspension, steering, S-tronic transmission and rear Sport Differential are also expected, though we don’t expect the addition of a manual gearbox since there’s not one already for the more mainstream S7.

In closing, drop us a comment in our S6/S7/RS 6/RS 7 discussion forum to let us know what you think of our render. Are we close?

Also make sure to ‘like’ our Audi RS 7 fan page on Facebook where we’ll be sure to link any RS 7 specific news as this car comes to market and beyond.

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