NAIAS Live – Audi reveals performance variants RS7 & SQ5 TFSI
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Audi has made announcements on their performance oriented vehicles at the NAIAS this year. The first is the much awaited RS 7. As the name suggests, the RS 7 is the go-faster version of the A7 Sportback. And from the looks of it, the RS 7 looks even more aggressive than the S7.
Here is the gist of what the Audi RS 7 brings to the table:
- Powered by a 4.0 TFSI TwinTurbo V8
- Power of 560bhp at 5,700-6,700rpm and torque of 700Nm from 1,750rpm
- 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds
- Top speed limited to 250km/h. Can be optionally increased to 305km/h
- 8-speed transmission sends power to the traditional Quattro system – 60% of the power goes to the rear wheels and 40% to the front wheels
- Next gen COD (Cylinder on demand) system activates and deactivates cylinders depending on engine load
- 20-inch wheels standard. Optional 21-inch wheels can be chosen as well
- Standard 390mm brake discs can be upgraded to 420mm carbon fiber ceramic discs
- Average fuel consumption of 10.2km/l
The pricing of the RS 7 is yet to be announced.
After debuting the performance SUV, Audi SQ5 TDI last year, a petrol variant was announced in Detroit. If you’ve fancied the SQ5 and you’re a diehard petrolhead, the SQ5 TFSI is just what you need.
So what does the Audi SQ5 TFSI have on offer?
- Powered by a supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6
- Produces 354bhp between 6,000-6,500 rpm and churns out 470Nm of torque between 4,000-4,500rpm
- 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds
- Top speed limited to 250km/h
- The rotors inside the supercharger rotate at 20,000rpm
- 8-speed transmission sends power to the Quattro all-wheel drive system
- 20-inch wheels standard and 21-inch wheels optional
- Average fuel consumption of 11.76km/l
- The bad news is that the Audi SQ5 has been designed specifically for the following markets: United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the Ukraine. In Germany and many other European markets, the SQ5 TDI will be the avantgarde performance SUV.
The pricing of the SQ5 TFSI has not been announced yet.