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First Drive: Audi RS 7

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is it: Tarmac-ripping version of big exec

Key features . Sharp yet refined sub four-sec pace

Our view: To it is M. To Mercedes-Benz it is AMG, and on an Audi RS.

These are the vital letters one for when seeking ultimate from the products of these premium market rivals. For the RS models have long an important element of the range, since the first performance four-wheel-drive machine appeared and tearing up rally courses in the

The RS 7, and the RS Q3 launched alongside it (and for a separate CarandVanNews test appear shortly) are the 59th and S and RS models from Audi. In the RS 7 the takes a big, executive with its sleek coupe and puts into it a level of that stuns its rivals.

the RS 7 combines the bodyshell of the coupe-like to the A6, the A7, with all the mechanical bits of the RS 6 Avant estate. So that the rather special 4-litre an eight-speed auto transmission and of quattro all-wheel-drive.

That engine is a twin V8, with the turbochargers neatly in the space between the two arms of the Peak power is a mere along with 516lbft of the latter on tap all the way to 1,750 to 5,500rpm.

The also has, however, recent innovations as cylinder-on-demand the ability to shut down one bank when it’s not This results in mpg and CO2 emissions the car’s rivals, BMW’s M6, the CLS 63 AMG, even the Jaguar or Porsche Panamera turbo, cannot match. Combined fuel consumption of 28.8mpg and CO2 of 229g/km are impressive in this

Not that a buyer keen to the £83,495 or more needed to an RS 7 Sportback will likely be eco figures as their highest They will be looking for and this car has it, in spades.

The powerplant potency is combined the light weight that from Audi’s latest shells, aluminium comprising 20 per of their surface area. The wings, doors, and even the rear hatch, are formed the material. As a result the shell the scales at around 15 per cent than a traditionally-constructed shell, and weight of course means acceleration.

The RS 7 is an executive car that hit 62mph from rest in 3.9 None of its standard-equipped rivals under the four-second mark, and to such pace you really to fit the Sport Chrono pack to Panamera Turbo – making it £26,000 more to buy than the or go buy a Ferrari, for rather a lot more

Top speed by the way is of course that limited 155mph. But for a price you can the limiter removed, and then from two terminal speed of 174 or 189mph…

From first sight the RS 7 has the to match its role. The bespoke relies to a great deal on matt-finished aluminium to the fore with a high gloss honeycomb grille. There is an meaty bumper design of along with a rear twin oval exhaust and an electronic rear spoiler extends at speed.

There are the 20-inch wheel rims, 21-inch versions on the options

All of these elements give the car but a very refined presence, an stance secure in the knowledge it can dish out the performance without any of coarseness, without even one’s hair.

Slipping the wheel one is in surroundings familiar to any There are the niceties expected on a of course, the flat-bottom steering head-up display, RS sporty seats and the like. But overall typical Audi efficiency.

And the car just like that refined and as smooth as you like. It can be along all day without expressing a of the potency available under the foot. But when the opportunity

On the test drive, your came to a halt behind a car right. As the way cleared, ahead a …-straight, formerly Roman, with nothing to be seen or behind. So, from a standing the transmission was kicked down – and the car By the time one thinks; “That was to 60mph” one can easily be well illegal territory#8230;

On the move, in practical circumstances, the impression is as good – overtaking is a task in no time at all, while the car its dominance with an authoritative, but smile-inducing engine note.

Now Audis, especially powerful have struggled in the past has with ride quality, on the evidence of the test drive, not the RS 7. The stance of this car extends to the firm but not harsh, cornering confidence and with grip that never unsettle when challenged by pace.

For £1,210 Dynamic Steering the response to steering wheel depending on the driving situation, closely with all the other while £8,650 will buy you carbonfibre reinforced brakes, of performance along with a saving of around 20 kilos. Or for you can have the lot, plus the speed pumped to 189mph.

Some of the options are eye-watering, a night-vision system that thermal imaging to spot walking down dark (£1,510), and a Bang Olufsen system that comes in at an £6,300.

Potential owners of car won’t be bothered, however, and will happily spec up machine well into six Quite simply, you won’t many RS 7s on the roads, because will be bought by just a few – with very exclusive a passion for extreme potency refinement, and no need to shout.

One is for certain, however. If this sees an RS 7 on the road, he will be of the occupant…

Model Tested: RS 7 Sportback

On the road: December

Price: From £83,495

3993cc V8 twin-turbo petrol

(bhp): 551 @ 5,700-6,600rpm

Torque 516 @ 1,750-5,500

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