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Audi RS7 Sportback 2014 review

Monumental performance is unleashed by the Audi RS7's twin turbo V8 engine.
EXPERT RATING
8

Audi's five-door RS7 Sportback is top dog in Audi's RS pack selling for an eye watering $238,500.

But against the competition - it undercuts both the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG and BMW M6 Gran Coupe - the base RS7 is bargain priced.

FEATURES

The RS7 rejigs the standard A7 sheetmetal with an RS-specific enhancements and add ons like the front bumper, rear diffuser, sideskirts and 21-inch wheels. Inside, Audi has gone the whole hog with honeycomb-stitching on the four sports seats, perforated leather flat-bottomed steering wheel, and hectares of carbon fibre trim.

Standard features include leather upholstery and carbon fibre fascia, four-zone climate, front and rear parking sensors and cameras, heads up display, eight-inch touchscreen with satnav, 14 speaker Bose audio with digital TV and radio, electric sunroof and tailgate, LED headlights with auto high-beams, and standard adaptive air suspension. Extra carbon, driver alerts, coil suspension with adaptive dampers, ceramic brakes with a 305km/h top-speed upgrade are optional.

ENGINE / TRANSMISSION

Monumental performance is unleashed by the RS7's twin turbo, petrol, 4.0-litre, V8 that achieves 412kW/700Nm. Maximum torque is available from 1750-5500rpm.

It drives all four wheels through a quattro system via an eight-speed conventional automatic transmission. This is sufficient to propel the weighty fastback from 0-100kmh in a scant 3.9 seconds while combined fuel consumption is an impressive 9.8-litres/100km thanks in part to cylinder deactivation, engine stop/start and the high level of technology within the engine and around the car's body/chassis.

SAFETY

Five stars with all that brings, and a range of driver assist features to help you stay on top of the beast.

DRIVING

It's all you have a right to expect from a sports vehicle of this calibre and specification. The ride's impressively controlled and comfortable. There's minimal noise from engine, tyres or wind.

Prod the throttle at any speed and the RS7 delivers awesome acceleration. All this to the accompaniment of a stirring exhaust soundtrack with snap crackle and pop emanating from the quad tips. Though no dual clutch transmission in terms of shift speed, the eight speed auto does a good job as it's accurately calibrated to suit the GT nature of the big Audi fastback.

Braking power from the large disc and multi piston calipers is excellent. Everything is made better when the Audi Drive Select system is utilised. The price is high, so's the pleasure level of driving a sleek, sexy sports machine like this. It fully engages all your senses and gives you a feeling of superiority over lesser automobilia.

VERDICT

Looks the business, sounds incredible, goes like a flash.

Audi RS7 Sportback
Price: from $238,500
Engine: 4.0L twin turbo V8 petrol 412kW/700Nm
Transmission: 8-speed auto, 4WD
Thirst: 9.8L/100km

Pricing Guides

$82,500
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$76,780
Highest Price
$88,220

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Sportback 4.0 TFSI Quattro 4.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $76,780 – 88,220 2014 Audi RS7 2014 Sportback 4.0 TFSI Quattro Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8
Pricing Guide

$76,780

Lowest price, based on third party pricing data

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