The A7 has always been one of the lookers of the Audi range. With its svelte lines, elegant curves, and subtle aggressive tones, this large liftback can crane some necks. Now, prepare to snap your necks as Audi has unveiled the even hotter version of the A7, the RS7.
Stats? The 2020 RS7 packs a 4.0-liter V8 which then comes with a pair of turbochargers for good measure. With that much hardware under the hood, the RS7's engine makes 600 PS and a staggering 800 Nm of torque. Keeping that power in control is Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system with a 60:40 split favoring the rear wheels. It then shifts via an eight-speed automatic transmission, beefed up to handle all that twist.
So how does 600 PS, 800 Nm of torque and all-wheel drive translate on the road? The RS7 can do 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.6 seconds. Keep pressing on the accelerator and you can wind up the speedometer all the way up to 305 km/h with the Dynamic Plus package.
Of course, it's not all about straight line speed for the RS7. The suspension has been totally re-engineered to allow this two-ton cruiser to take on corners as well. It also comes with Dynamic Ride Control and Adaptive Air Suspension to either keep things comfortable or sharpen the drive when you're pressing on. Brakes have been beefed up to 420 mm cross-drilled discs at the front and 370 mm internally vented discs at the rear. But if you want even more stopping power, there's the carbon ceramic option which makes the fronts even bigger at 440 mm.
Despite being a performance oriented model, the RS7 does pack some clever green tech. For starters, it's actually a mild-hybrid which allows for electric power when driving in stop and go traffic. Also, it utilizes cylinder deactivation which shuts down half the cylinders at low speeds or while cruising. While it won't be a TDI in terms of fuel economy, those measures should be enough to make it a little more liveable out on a daily drive.
Want it? It will be out in Europe soon and the rest of the world will eventually follow. Seeing that there are some Audi RS models prowling the streets here, you could perhaps ask the local distributor, PGA Cars, if they can bring one in for you.