With the reveal of the new Audi R8 being held back to headline in Geneva next month, Audi has kept its Chicago line-up to the best of what it’s already got, from the new A3 sedan through to the new TT and TTS.
The model range on the stand is impressive, with the A3 joined by A4/S4, A6, A7/S7/RS7, A8/S8, allroad, the Q3, Q5/SQ5 and Q7 SUVs and the outgoing Audi R8 with distinctive side blades.
But despite the absence of debutants, the Audis on display show the whole range’s modern dynamism and technical sophistication like the gunmetal grey RS7 pictured in the gallery above.
The Audi A7 four-door model range is deceptive, from the A7 with 3.0T or 3.0TDI clean diesel, S7 with 4.0T, and super-performing RS7 also with a 4.0 litre turbo. Each variation combines elegant coupe lines, high-performance, 2+2 cockpit, and unexpected functionality with the legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system on the A7.
Based on the redesigned A6 sedan, but with sleeker profile, the 2015 A7 five-door hatchback combines the low-slung, sporty proportions of a coupe, with the functionality of an estate and now available with a five-seater option. Powerplants range from 240 hp to 560 hp and a whopping 516 lb/ft torque with choice of an eight-speed automatic with Tiptronic or seven-speed S tronic.
Good for blasting from 0-to-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, the RS7 also offers a Carbon Package with carbon splitter and diffusor, as well as a Dynamic package with DRC suspension system, red brake calipers and a sport exhaust system with black tailpipes.
In addition to a huge cargo bay with power-operated liftgate, top-tier specifications include infrared night vision, lane-departure prevention, automatic parking system, a nearly $6,000 Bang & Olufsen sound system, all-LED headlights, smart adjustable driver settings, Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system and a heads-up display that projects information onto the windshield.