2014 Audi RS 7 U.S. pricing unveiled

The 2014 Audi RS 7 is being touted as the most powerful amongst all RS models that are available in the United States, and was first shown off at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Now the pricing for the model has been revealed, with prospecting buyers looking at a starting price of $104,900 USD. The car will be hitting showrooms in the US later this fall.

The Audi RS 7 is an expansion of the A7 model line, and has several bragging points, such as a 0 to 60mph speed of 3.7 seconds and a top speed on the track of 174 mph. Under the hood, the RS 7 has a twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI V8 engine offering 560 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, the vehicle utilizes technology that deactivates cylinders when applicable, improving fuel mileage.

With the technology, cylinders number 2, 3, 5, and 8 can have their valves closed by way of electromechanical actuators, something that happens when the RS 7 is run at low/medium speeds and loads. Under the example provided by Audi, running the car in four-cylinder mode causes the mileage to increase by 15-percent. Engine mounts are in place to eliminate vibration changes when the cylinder numbers are changed.

The transmission is an 8-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission used alongside an Audi quattro all-wheel drive system. The RS 7 eschews an active noise cancellation system because the "low exhaust frequencies are befitting of an RS model," says the auto maker. For those who want more noise, however, a sport exhaust option is available as well.

As far as design goes, the exterior is available in standard, carbon, and matte aluminum styling, with a Singleframe grille in high-gloss black or aluminum matte, as well as honeycomb grille inserts and auto-dimming, heated, and power-folding side mirrors. The interior, meanwhile, has a three-spoke steering wheel with an RS 7 emblem, as well as Valcona leather sports seats and carbon fiber inlays.