Audi has taken its potent S7 Sportback – already a superb sports car – and turned it into another animal entirely. The RS7 blends astonishing performance with luxurious surroundings to create a car unlike anything you have ever driven before.
Based on the luxurious A7 Sportback executive coupé, the RS7 means business. Its svelte body features four full-size doors so a full complement of passengers can get in and out with ease. It comes finished in your choice of metallic or pearl-effect paint. Its unmistakeable body styling kit includes enlarged front air inlets, a rear diffuser, roof spoiler and side sill extensions.
There are two versions: a standard model on striking 20-inch alloy wheels, and a Performance model on 21-inchers. Subtle styling changes like rear privacy glass further differentiate the Performance edition.
The impeccably-built cabin is a truly special experience, offering four RS Super Sports seats upholstered in Valcona leather. The front two are electrically-adjustable, while the rear pair split and fold as a reminder that the RS7 remains a practical car that you can use every day. The generous 535-litre boot will swallow everything an average family can throw at it, even before extending into the rear cabin.
Audi’s intuitive and easy-to-use MMI system sits between the seats and controls many of the car’s on-board systems, including the impressive standard-fit stereo and professional BOSE surround sound system. Everything is set up to connect your S7 to your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone too, meaning anyone can create the ultimate driving soundtrack with music streaming.
The RS7’s twin-turbo V8 engine comes in two sates of tune. The standard model offers 552bhp, with the Performance model upgrading this to 596bhp and adding an Overboost function. Both boast Le Mans-winning fuel injection technologies that mean all RS7s reach 60mph in less than four seconds.
Both versions are mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. Audi’s legendary quattro permanent all-wheel drive system means you can wring every drop of the engine’s enormous torque and apply it to the road with ease.
Intelligent cylinder-on-demand technology reduces fuel consumption and emissions during less strenuous everyday driving, as do automated Start-Stop and Formula 1-inspired energy recovery systems. The RS7 can achieve a remarkable 29.7mpg on the combined cycle.
Audi Drive Select means you can also alter the driving manners of the RS7 Sportback to suit the occasion, subtly changing the throttle and steering responses.
Intelligent Matrix LED headlights use sensors and an in-built camera to detect other road users, adjusting in a fraction of a second to prevent dazzle. They will even adjust for upcoming bends – predicted with the help of the satellite navigation system – so you get the widest possible field of view.
The RS7 is fitted with the usual compliment of airbags and many other safety features. Included among these are a tyre pressure loss indicator and Hill-Hold Assist, which automatically engages and disengages the parking brake when crawling through traffic up and down hills.
A specialist Sports differential and bespoke braking system, and stability systems including torque vectoring and rear limited-slip differential ensure the RS7’s handling remains reassuringly predictable. It’s a joy to drive fast.
On longer jaunts, standard-fit cruise control makes for a less tiring drive. Audi’s Parking System Plus takes the guesswork out of parking once you reach your destination, helping to keep the glossy paintwork in showroom condition.
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