If you have a burning desire to take yourself and four friends to 305 kilometres per hour (189 miles per hour), the 2014 Audi RS7 Sportback can help you out. The luxury hatchback bowed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Showtoday, complete with a 560-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine thrashing under the hood. Getting to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes a shave under 3.9 seconds thanks in part to the 553 pound-feet of torque on hand from just 1,750 rpm. While the base car comes with an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), customers can request the governor be removed by purchasing the dynamic package plus, upping the V-max to 305 km/h (189 mph).
Ludicrous? Sure, but Audi says the RS7 can also yield up to 9.4 L/100km. With a cylinder-on-demand system, the V8 can deactivate up to four cylinders by closing their valves. Once the driver gets frisky with the throttle, the engine automatically kicks from four-cylinder to eight-cylinder mode in a few hundredths of a second. The engine is bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which pushes power to all four wheels. You can read the full press release below for more information, but we think you'll have a better time viewing our live shots from the show floor.