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Audi RS7 Sportback put to the test: Strong über-Audi

An improvement in specification is reason enough to bring a dream car into the editor's garage – this time it is the 552 HP Audi RS7 Sportback.

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It is one of the absurdities of our time, firstly that four-door coupés exist at all, secondly that they weigh over two tonnes and thirdly that they purport to be sports cars. At least equally absurd: it works. Granted, in spite of all of the technical brilliance that the Audi RS7 possesses, it lacks the light handling that sets a genuine sports car apart, in genuine sports car are simply lighter in weight.

Audi RS7 from 0 to 100 in 3.7 seconds

In some other two-seaters, the furious intensity with which the now 4.91-metre long and 1.89-metre wide Audi RS7 thrashes its way through the corners, will only result in oily-wet engine block. In addition to the chassis, which is tuned to ensure the highest level of neutrality, with the adaptive dampers that are connected via diagonal oil lines for the purpose of anti-roll compensation, it is primarily the combination of the crazily powerful engine and all-wheel drive that enables the exceptional agility.

From a cylinder capacity of a mere four litres, Quattro GmbH delivers 552 HP and 700 Newton metres, which, with the friendly support of the eight-speed automatic, accelerates the Audi RS7 from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds. This deserves the trumpets of Jericho, but even with the optional sports muffler (1,000 Euros), the V8 with cylinder deactivation delivers rather heavy electro-beats suitable for long-distance driving.

Fully equipped

Key word - options:the Audi RS7 used in the test featured the 12,500-Euro Dynamic Package Plus, which alongside the stable ceramic-carbon braking system and variable rear-axle differential also includes the unnecessary dynamic steering, as well as other features.

It varies the servo assistance and transmission ratio, but doesn't offer reliable feedback. When it comes to infotainment, the Audi RS7 is also lacking – in online and app functions. And this in our day and age when you cars supposedly don't work without them any more.



Joachim Schahi


20 March 2015
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