But while it’s a bit of a “Vmax” on the German autobahn (250km/h electronically limited, 280 km/h, and even 305 km/h with the Dynamic and Dynamic Plus pack options checked), its accelerations also make you dizzy on the road.
In other words, it pushes this RS7 Sportback hard, instantly, nastily, and almost all the time. With disconcerting ease and without overdoing it, the V8’s sound remains relatively unobtrusive, even in the most aggressive driving modes.
Not to spoil anything, it also benefits from an excellent Tiptronic automatic gearbox that is both transparent and fast.
This transmission is very efficient when downshifting and even allows you to save precious gestures when you’re “coming out” at unmistakable speeds as you enter corners.
Total Confidence in Audi RS7
In this kind of delicate situation, with such a machine weighing more than two tons, you can also count on the efficiency and endurance of large carbon-ceramic brakes (optional) with 440 mm discs and 10-piston calipers at the front! Happy, too, to be put in complete confidence by the Quattro all-wheel-drive system (with mechanical center differential) that ensures flawless traction and absolutely imperturbable balance when exiting corners where you can accelerate without question.
As an option, it is possible to add the rear steering wheels and Quattro Sport rear differential, which improve agility, as well as the DRC (Dynamic Ride Control) suspension, which reduces roll and pitch movements. Thus equipped, the RS7 Sportback even seems to defy the laws of physics.
Despite its 5 meters long and its more than 2 tons, it is certainly, on twisty roads, even more, efficient and faster than a very good GTI! Great art, incredible driveability and, as a bonus, a pleasure à la carte, since the RS7 offers six driving modes, including two specific, more aggressive modes called “RS1” and “RS2”, which are called from the steering wheel.
Audi RS7 Return to calm
Faced with such a talent in these extreme situations, one would almost forget that this RS7 also knows how to show its white paw in traffic, roll out the road on a simple trickle of gas and ensure real comfort during long family rides.
It also knows how to impress you with its exclusive interior design and satisfy your thirst for technology with its more than 30 driver assistance systems.
And it even makes a small gesture for the planet with its lightweight 48-volt hybrid system which, coupled with the system that deactivates four of its eight cylinders in certain driving situations, would allow, according to Audi, a fuel economy of about 0.8 liters… In short, the deliciously bipolar side of this RS7 Sportback, displayed at the very least at €130,000, is also its charm.