The brand new Audi RS7 Sportback - no shrinking violet!

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TopCar takes the aggressive Audi RS7 for a spin

Posted: 4 March 2014 Time: 11:31

Audi has been delivering aspirational RS cars for some time now and with every new model comes more performance and efficiency.

Say hello to Audi’s most powerful production car currently available – the Audi RS7 Sportback, an aggressive, massively powerful and dynamically competent vehicle. 

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As with every Audi RS model the RS7 gets aggressive-looking garnishes such as RS-specific bumpers, 21-inch wheels, a gloss-black honeycomb grille, brushed aluminium mirror housings and two gaping exhaust tailpipes to differentiate it from the cooking A7.

It can also be specced with the Carbon Design package which adds various carbon fibre garnishes or Audi Exclusive (a personalisation program).

Climb inside and it’s the same story, the interior of the RS7 resembling something out of a stealth bomber. The driver-focused cabin together with the sport bucket seats, clearly visible instrumentation cluster and thick-rimmed flat-bottomed steering wheel bestows the driver with a sense of authority.

Press the start button and the burly 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 erupts into a metallic concerto of 412kW and 700Nm of torque. It’s a rowdy unit but only really begins to stir the senses once you rev it to the 6600rpm redline. Do this and every change of gear is punctuated by percussive pops and belches – it’s fantastic. Pick a gear, aim the wheel, pour on the power and prepare to be teleported.

Yep, this thing is frighteningly quick needing only 3.9secs to reach 100kph! Top speed is pegged at 250kph but can be unlocked to 305kph by installing the Dynamic Package – yours for R128 400 – which also includes carbon brakes and RS suspension.

Fuel consumption comes in at a claimed 9.8l/100km on the combined cycle but I averaged a figure a lot closer to 20l/100km, granted the engine was put through a pretty rigorous workout.

However, it’s not all about gut-wrenching power because the RS7 is pretty good when it comes to road holding, particularly when fitted with RS suspension (steel springs and three-stage adjustable dampers).

The Quattro all-wheel drive system together with the dynamic steering means it’s just a matter of aiming, picking your line, punching the throttle and repeating. It’s all very easy and never gets boring. In fact, you never feel its 1920kg kerb weight – instead, the RS7 does a good job of hiding its dimensions in all situations.

The RS7 comes standard with almost every feature imaginable and includes such items as sat-nav, sunroof, Quattro with sports differential, 21-inch wheels, RS-tuned suspension, electric sports seats and LED head- and tail-lamps to name but a few.

While some may find its R1 450 500 price tag hard to swallow it’s still cheaper than its chief rivals the BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG. All RS7s come with a standard five-year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan.


Audi RS7 Sportback

PRICE           R 1 450 500

ENGINE         3993cc, V8 twin turbocharged, 412kW @ 5 700-6 600rpm, 700Nm @ 1 750-5 500rpm

TRANSMISSION      Eight-speed tiptronic, all-wheel drive

SUSPENSION         MacPherson strut front, multi-link rear (air suspension all round)

LENGTH/WIDTH/HEIGHT  5012/1911/1419mm

WEIGHT        1920kg

PERFORMANCE    3.9sec 0-100kph, 250kph top speed, 9.8l/100km, 229g/km

ON SALE       Now

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