If you remember some years ago, a chubby middle aged
Scottish woman auditioned on Britain’s Got Talent, she went up on stage and the
smug and pompous Simon Cowell thought ‘here comes another person who thinks she
has what it takes to be a pop star.’ When she started to sing the crowd as well
weren’t expecting her to sound like a power house that she was hiding inside of
her. When she unleashed her voice, Simon Cowell was left with a feeling that
can only be described by the sentence “A kick to the groin”. The woman went on
to lose the competition only just, but released an album “I dreamed a dream”
with the first song Wild Horses. She goes by the name Susan Boyle.
Now, you must be wondering why I am going on about a
Scottish singer when talking about the Audi RS7 Sportback. Well when I first
drove the RS7, I thought it’s just a saloon with a lot of power, but too heavy
to go anywhere or do anything. And then on an open road I floored the throttle
and felt the same feeling that Simon Cowell felt while judging the show. The
power is so immense that it was quite literally a kick to my groin.
If you fiddle around on YouTube, you will find a video of
the Audi RS6 Avant (which is sort of the same thing but a slightly bigger
vehicle), drag racing on a damp track against a 900bhp McLaren P1 Hypercar. The
Audi off the line badgered the million pound hyper expensive supercar all the
way up to 4th gear because of its damn near perfect quattro all wheel drive
system that thinks wheel spin is for the unintelligent. Obviously when the P1
finally found some grip, it destroyed it to the finish line, but think about
it. A family estate car is quicker than a hyper hybrid car that weighs half its
weight, and costs 10 times the price.
The RS7 Sportback is mechanically almost the same vehicle as
the RS6. It’s nothing less of a supercar that is way more practical, doesn’t
draw as much attention, something you can drop your kids to school, your wife
to the mall, and then you can destroy the tyres on the track later, the same
But it’s not a muscle car that just has lots and lots of
power. Its way more clever, it has to be, I mean, it comes from Germany, a
place where cars literally are quicker than saying the entire name of the
engine and the technology kit in it. For example, the RS7 has a limited top
speed of 305kmph and does 0-100kmph in 3.9 seconds because of the powertrain
that consists of a 4.0 Liter-V8-TFSI-Motor mit FSI –Benzindirekteinspritzung,
cylinder on demand, kontinuierlicher Nockenwellenverstellung, Nockenwellenantrieb
per Kette und zwai Twin-Scroll-Torboladen. Try saying that ten times.
Basically it’s a twin turbo charged 4 litre V8 with direct
injection producing 560bhp around 5700 to 6000 rpm and 700Nm of Torque just
from 1750 all the way up to 5500rpm mated to a 8-speed tipronic sporty
transmission. That’s all you need to know. But it’s not JUST brute force, its
clever as well. The car comes with 4 driving modes. Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and
Individual. As the names suggest in Dynamic, the air suspension systems all
around are stiff, gear changes are lighting quick from that sublime DSG
gearbox, the steering is heavier and responds quicker and the throttle is
alive. In Comfort mode however, everything becomes lazy. The steering is
lighter, the suspension is set to soften down, the gear changes are lazier and
to save fuel, it can even shut of half its cylinders and become a simple 4
cylinder more economical engine. In Auto mode, the car decides when to change
what on those same parameters upon driving inputs and in Individual mode, you
can set them up as you please.
Most 4 wheel drive cars are notorious for understeer, but
the RS7 has a way around with a Torque vectoring system that sends more power
to the outer wheels during the corner which is why this giant beast can corner
quick, hard and flat. But a car that weighs 2505kgs yet being able to do what
it can is quite literally the definition of “Unbelievable”. It does things it’s
not supposed to. It’s a supercar with 4 doors, 4 seats and a massive boot. The
interior is laced with leather, carbon fibre and Alcantara with the sole
purpose of luxury, the seats grip you up like group of sexually excited people.
You get the Matrix headlamps that you didn’t with the old one. What else can
you ask for? Seriously what?
I’ve had some friends from the fraternity come up to me
saying ‘oh I’ve driven this and that car, it’s really fast, it corners like
this, the suspension is like that’ and just keep going on and on. Then when I
told them to try out the RS7, which I think is better than anything out there
at the moment, they come up to me these days and say I’ve driven this and that
car, it’s really fast, it corners like this, the suspension is like that, But
the RS7 though…’.
So just like Susan Boyle, if you haven’t heard her, don’t
judge her. So... if you haven’t driven the Audi RS7, well you haven’t really
4.0 litre, V8 twinturbo TFSI DOHC
8-speed tiptronic with DSP and sports programme with paddle shift
560bhp @ 5700-6600rpm
700Nm @ 1750-5500rpm
Superplus sulfur free high octane petrol
Top speed (Kmph)
Air Suspension with Dynamic ride control
Five link suspension, double upper and lower wishbone, anti-roll bar
Self-tracking trapezoidal-link axle with wishbone, anti-roll bar
Ventilated Discs with fixed calipers and hydraulic brake assist
Pirelli 275/35 ZR20 102y XL
Kerb Weight (Kgs)
4WD with torque vectoring
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
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