Sharing the same twin-turbocharged 4.0 TFSI V8 engine as the current RS 6 Avant, the RS 7 has 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm of torque at its disposal, which is delivered to all four wheels via a specially tuned eight-speed tiptronic transmission, allowing an impressive 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a limited 250 km/h top speed, which can be raised to 280 km/h (174 mph) with the optional dynamic package and 305 km/h (190 mph) with the dynamic package plus. The thermal management and eco start-stop system help to achieve an average fuel consumption of 9.8 l/100 km (24 US mpg), with Audi claiming that its innovative cylinder on demand (COD) system can reduce consumption by as much as 20 percent, depending on how heavy your right foot is.
The RS 7 rides on adaptive air suspension with controlled damping, which lowers the body by 20 mm and constantly adjusts to suit the condition of the road, but if you require something a little sharper there’s the sport suspension plus option with Dynamic Ride Control which uses springs and adjustable shock absorbers. Helping to slow the Sportback down is a quartet of vented discs, with 390 mm front discs gripped by six-piston calipers, but if you’re thinking about hitting the track we’d go for the 420 mm carbon ceramic option.
Sitting on 20-inch five twin-spoke forged wheels, the RS 7 wears xenon plus headlights, an aggressive front fascia with matt aluminium air intakes and high-gloss black honeycomb grilles, while the rear gains an extending spoiler, diffuser section and a pair of large, elliptical tailpipe. Inside the cabin, there’s a pair of black Alcantara and leather-upholstered RS sport seats with integrated head restraints and RS 7 logos, three-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus, parking system plus and cruise control.
carbon styling package, the front splitter and the diffuser are somewhat more boldly shaped. Other options include the exterior mirrors with exposed carbon housings and the all-LED headlights
Notable options include all-LED headlights, carbon fibre mirror casings, splitter and diffuser, honeycomb-quilted Valcona leather trim, a head-up display, Bang & Olufsen’s Advanced Sound System and the Bluetooth online car phone – delivering web-based information.