SIZE is important: just ask Audi.
His second generation RS7 is all about the width. And yes, this includes your smile.
An enlarged and lowered body with gloriously flared wheel arches which enclose monstrous 22-inch alloys push this very important lateral dimension to almost two meters.
This machine has a reserve position. And inside, by opening the high-performance pseudo-coupe to an adequately larger audience, it is now a full-fledged five-seater equipped with a much more practical three-seater rear bench.
Unlike the first generation, this RS ballistic version cannot be confused with the deliberately minimized A7 Sportback standard.
Audi has actually listened to its audience. This time, distinguishing the design was just as important as the performance and usability.
More powerful and practical, and now packing the visual punch, this angry Audi means business for the business class.
While the entry-level A7 Sportback was an ordered starting block for this flagship, only four parts of the body – roof, doors, hood and tailgate – remain unchanged.
The flatter, wider and three-dimensional grid is unframed and dropped. The vents are raised and swollen.
There’s a bold new rear diffuser with large oval tailpipes and muscular side sill extensions. And all aluminum cladding is banned.
The other thing that really sets this apart from the even managed executive crowd is the deep growl coming from its modified twin 4-liter turbo V8.
Assisted by the 48 volt light hybrid technology, the power has increased by 39 hp to a delicious 592 hp and the torque now reaches 800 Nm.
But Audi engineers told me that increasing the grunt was not the priority for the new RS7.
They wanted to keep its extreme limit for when you need it, but they introduce a softer side for a more luxurious cruise. And they have.
With six different driving profile modes, for everything from integral steering to the Quattro sport differential, every driving mood is covered.
Like all Audis today, the interior is as elegant as it comes.
Largely the same as the A7 Sportback, with all its fantastic multiple virtual cockpit displays, flat black and matte silver surfaces, there are of course some
Touches of RS seasoned to make you feel extra spesh.
There is a flat-bottomed alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with oversized aluminum headstock controls and the RS button for the bansai urges when there is nothing in the rearview mirror.
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Get perforated RS Valcona leather seats with honeycomb stitching and ventilation for cooling air. In addition, there is a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
As a pioneer in the growing four-door coupé sector that now includes the Mercedes-AMG GT and the Porsche Panamera turbo, the RS7 has finally found its foot.
Ticking more boxes than before, the RS7 Sportback is a captivating antidote for the ever-present SUV with elegant performance and a true Audi handyman.
KEY FACTS: AUDI RS7 SPORTBACK
- Price: £ 95.500
- Engine: 4-liter V8 twin turbo petrol
- Power: 592 HP /
- 0-62mph: 3.6 seconds
- Maximum speed: 174 mph
- Economy: 23mpg
- Emissions: 261 g / km
- Discounted now