Based on the A7, this muscular 4-door sports car represents the purest expression of Audi’s performance engineering — a race-winning thoroughbred (think the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Maserati Quattroporte GTS, Porsche Panamera Turbo S etc.).Boasting a 560-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8, the Audi RS 7 jets from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and tops out at a face-melting 174 mph. Premium performance is matched with distinctive styling, including a sweeping silhouette, 21-inch wheels and exclusive RS touches like the Audi Singleframe grille (which now comes with an optional, massive quattro logo) and matte aluminum accents. SiriusXM satellite radio and the available Bang & Olufsen sound system are great for listening to music at full blast; however, you may prefer turning the radio off in order to soak in the sound of the RS 7’s throaty roar.
In perfecting the motor, engineers not only managed to boost power to insanely high levels, but also to keep it from garnering a gas-guzzler tax. Cruising on the highway on four cylinders, this thoroughbred achieves an EPA rating of 27 mpg…but wait — the RS 7 is made for passing, we think. Although based on the A7, the Audi RS 7 boasts so many enhancements even from the S7 that it might as well be a brand new car — good luck for the happy few who can afford it.
Technically, the Audi RS 7 is produced by the Quattro GmbH division of the Volkswagen Group in Neckarsulm, Germany. It has been tested in frigid environments, on the Nürburgring and at altitudes of 18,000 feet, requiring the test drivers to breathe supplemental oxygen. Its turbocharger has a ceramic seal, and the ultra-light body is made using aluminum hybrid construction. It was given a new differential to deliver asymmetrical power, a new 8-speed transmission with short shifts to handle the high amount of torque and a floating disk brake to save on weight. There is more oil cooling, more sophisticated air intake and special valves to reduce turbo lag. You get it — this is a technologically advanced automobile.
The Audi A7 line has a style of its own that has bridged the gap between sports coupe and utility sedan very gracefully. Now we need to figure out a place take it, to see how well it can do at the steeplechase, if not on the track; it will do well hauling the family to the racetrack in a jiffy.