Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept

After debuting the Audi RS7 Sportback Piloted Driving Concept late last year, the German marque has just unveiled the updated and extensively improved RS7 Sportback Piloted Driving Concept.

As with the previous car, the new one features a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 560 hp just like all other RS7 models. However, it weighs about 400 kg less than last year’s concept. While Audi has yet to reveal how it has managed to save so much weight, it has been confirmed that the new RS7 Sportback Piloted Driving Concept lapped California’s 4.05 km long Sonoma Raceway in a very impressive 2:01.01 minutes.

Discussing the lap, boss of Audi’s brake, steering and drive assistance systems at Audi, Thomas Muller, said “In Sonoma, we took the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept to its physical limits lap after lap, and it handled the task with uniform precision. The car turned in lap times that were better than those of sports car drivers.”

The Audi RS7 Sportback Piloted Driving Concept is an important vehicle for the automaker with it helping to develop the autonomous driving functions of the next-generation Audi A8. In the new A8, the piloted driving system will be able to take control of the car during parking manoeuvres as well as in stop-start traffic at speeds of up to 60 km/h.


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