Audi cars in India brought in the Audi RS7 Sportback update recently. We see a new designed bumper, LED headlamps with optional Matrix LED, single frame grille with honeycomb adorned with the Quattro badging whereas the powertrain doesn’t see any changes. The performance of Audi RS7 Sportbackis quite impressive like all Audi cars in India including the number of interesting safety standards. On the inside, the car is luxurious and with the innovative and advanced features Audi justifies the RS7 Sportback price in India.
EXTWERIOR AND LOOK ;
The Audi RS7 is a looker no doubt. With a typical Audi front face that has a large grille (larger than the previous model) that covers most of the front end. The sharply designed headlamps are exquisite. Now what has changed in the facelift are the new set of headlamps that come with new LED DRLs that run in between with a Y-shaped pattern. These new LEDs make the car look much more meaner. The smoked taillamps are all new and the indicators do not flash, but glow in a swiping fashion and it looks classy, to say the least.
The RS7 sportback has a sloping roofline that blends neatly with the tail.. The chiseled rear bumpers have large oval shaped tailpipes that add to the sporty look. Subtly flared wheel arches with 21-inch alloy wheels with a five-spoke blade design, in a glossy black-machined finish, make the car look very different from usual luxury sedans. The fantastic Sepang Blue colour adds some icing to the cake in making it stand out on the road. This is a long car that stands 5012mm in length and 1911mm in width.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;
The four-door RS 7 Sportback Performance makes decent use of available space when it comes to hauling around people and things. There’s seating for four passengers, with more space in the back than most 190-mph performance vehicles. There’s also up to 49.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity.Up front are standard sport seats with large side bolsters and integrated head restraints. Opt for the RS Performance Design package, and Audi will upholster the seats in an Alcantara/leather combo, with black and blue coloring and a honeycomb pattern. The package also throws in matching contrast stitching on the armrests, control elements, and floor maps, plus Alcantara and carbon twill blue inlays for the knee pads. Further color options for the upholstery and stitching are offered with Audi Exclusive Portfolio.
Behind the leather-clad, flat-bottomed, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel is instrumentation that includes a black background, white numbers, and red needles. The entry sills are illuminated, and there’s a power-retractable display mounted on top of the dash for infotainment and navigation purposes.Standard equipment includes four-zone climate control and MMI navigation with touchpad control. Options include a heads-up display, a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, and driver’s aides like night vision assistant and adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go functionality. You can also get Audi Connect for a variety of online services, plus an internet Wi-Fi hotspot.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
Here is a fun fact, the last generation Audi RS7 actually had more power than the current generation model whose 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine outputs 560 PS of power and 700 Nm of torque. When Audi launched the facelift, the engine’s output numbers weren’t increased because this vehicle was already too quick with a claimed 0-100 km/hr time of 3.9 seconds. But out of the blue, Audi has decided to bring in the RS7 Performance, which as the name suggest, boasts of even more performance, the TFSI mill being uprated by 45 BHP to 605 BHP of power.Torque output remains the same at 700 Nm but the overboost function gives a 50 Nm increase of torque to 750 Nm for a short span of time. The result is the Audi RS7 Performance is 0.2 seconds quicker than the standard model in doing the 0-100 km/hr sprint, at 3.7 seconds, is blisteringly quick. We recorded a time of 3.69 seconds on our VBOX. Top speed is 305 km/hr so there is ample grunt. How does the car feel? Not very different from the standard as both are seriously fast coupes.
There is no launch control but left foot on the brake, right foot on the accelerator, hold the revs till 2500 RPM and leave the brake pedal, the result is a launch with such amazing thrust that you feel like your strapped onto a javelin. The best part is, it reaches the double ton so quickly that before you make up your mind to start braking, it is also nudged past 200 km/hr, there is absolutely no let go from the motor which has just so much punch to keep pulling this vehicle. There is the usual Audi modes for driving, so you can get into sports mode on the gear lever or shift to tiptronic while also taking control of cogs via the steering mounted paddle shifters. You can also up the level of mental by choosing Dynamic in the Audi Drive Select which just firms up the suspension, increases the thrust from the engine, sharpens the steering and also quickens the shifts.100 km/hr comes up in third gear and the Audi RS7 can turn from Hyde to Jekyll in a split second, the motor spinning at just 1600 RPM in top gear while to boost efficiency, the cylinder on demand tech shuts 4-cylinders. We do wish the motor would be more vocal near the 6500 RPM redline. Our test car was returning 3 km/l while the claimed mileage is a respectable and rather unachievable 10.5 km/l. The 8-speed gearbox is quick with shifts and the car is a supercar slayer with terrific in-gear acceleration numbers.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
The engine too, in Dynamic with the gearbox in ‘S’, likes to keep the revs high for the best responses, but here too, it’s not as if it’s undriveable at low speeds. Of course, the correct thing to do at low speeds is use Comfort mode, in which case it’s downright docile at part throttle. And with the combination of engine stop-start and cylinder deactivation, you could probably manage some pretty conventional fuel economy figures – provided you’re very gentle with the throttle, of course.
The dynamics too stay unchanged. The steering still feels a bit too numb for the kind of performance it has to harness, but the turn-in is quite direct and the long nose goes where you want it to. There’s an incredible amount of grip from the wide tyres and Quattro system, and you’d have to be quite, um, reckless with your throttle foot to unsettle it in a corner – it’s not impossible though. All in all, you’ll be happier for the feeling of security the all-wheel-drive system offers when you want to drive quickly on regular roads.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have posted crash test results for the RS 7. However, standard equipment does include dual-stage front airbags, front thorax side airbags, knee airbags, curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, LATCH anchor points in the rear, and LED lighting.
Speaking of which, the fuel quality will also make a difference to the performance figures, which in themselves are only a marginal increment over the regular RS7 Sportback. In the real world, in fact, the incremental power doesn’t make any noticeable gain over the RS7 Sportback. The Performance edition then feels just as good (or bad) as the regular RS7, but what it does better is massage your ego and give you the bragging rights of owning a family car that has the kind of numbers that are usually the birth right of a supercar.