Audi’s S7 is already an exceptionally fast car, let alone a fast sedan. It holds four persons in relative comfort, has a killer exterior, and when decked out in some additional components can hang with the best of them in terms of aesthetics and handling. Nevertheless, I have yet to drive one, though that will hopefully change in the next coming months.
And now I can add the Audi RS7 to my list of “must drives”, as the German automaker just announced the series’ newest model to come out of their racing sports division (and hence the RS). Like many RS versions of a time past, Audi spared no expense on this opulent creature. Under the hood is a 4.0L V8 that produces 560HP and 553 lb-ft of torque. Gas consumption is a respectable 24mpg according to Audi, which arrives in part thanks to the engine’s ability to shut down select cylinders at less demanding speeds (and aggression). 0-60 is achieved in just 3.9 seconds, which can be attributed to the two twin scroll turbo chargers, which also deliver a top speed of 190mph, provided you purchase Audi’s optional dynamic package. Otherwise you’ll be limited to just 155mph…otherwise.
As you’d suspect, Audi’s RS7 is full time all-wheel drive, as in Quattro. However, they’ve opted for a specially tuned 8-speed Tiptronic with paddle shifters instead of a dual-clutch gear box. The RS7 arrives on 20-inch twin-spoke wheels, though for some extra scratch you can dump a pair of 21s on there. Much like the RS5, the RS7 includes a torque vectoring differential, which has been reported to be effective in maintaining traction and car control, as well as an air suspension system which lowers the RS7 by .79-inches over the standard model. Other features include adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, carbon fiber inlays on the interior, active lane assist, park assist, night vision assistant, and of course the company’s MMI system, which I’m not that crazy about.
Unfortunately, Audi hasn’t told me when and how much, but you can probably expect it to arrive in show rooms at the end of this year for close if not beyond $100,000.