Meet the most powerful RS 7 yet

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Words: Nile Bijoux
10 Sep 2019

Not wanting to be outdone by other manufacturers revealing their Frankfurt Motor Show wares ahead of the actual opening, Audi has also revealed its hot new RS 7 Sportback.

It uses the same electrified twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 as in the RS 6, good for 441kW of power and 800Nm of twist and enough to send the four-door to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h, although with the Dynamic and Dynamic Plus packages, that number is boosted to 280km/h and 305km/h, respectively.

Like its RS 6 sib, the 7 gets adaptive air suspension as standard. Idling, it sits 20mm lower than the vanilla A7, then at speeds of 120km/h it drops another 10mm to improve aeros. For those nasty inner-city speed bumps, the car can jack itself up by 20mm.

Speccing the RS Sport Suspension and Dynamic Ride Control should make the RS 7 nippier through the bends. These add new dampers with integrated valves and more aggressive drive settings which, Audi says, reduces pitch and body roll further.

Looking from the outside, it’s hard to mistake the RS 7 for a lesser model. There’s a massive black grille, two triangular vents beneath narrow headlights with strakes of LEDs under the main beam, and a standard set of ten-spoke, 21-inch wheels. They’re shod with 275/35 rubber (upgradeable to larger 22-inch RS wheels with 285/35 tyres) and optional carbon ceramic brakes. The rear has a full-width LED light above a carbon fibre trim diffuser, and two fat exhaust outlets.

Inside is Audi’s MMI dual touchscreen interface and virtual cockpit, plenty of Nappa leather and a flat-bottomed wheel unique to the RS 7.

We haven’t heard about a New Zealand release date yet but expect it next year for a fairly hefty sum.

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