The C7 platform from Quattro GMBH has always been something I’ve longed for as long as I can remember. I adore the aggressive yet understated styling, it’s traditional Audi RS. If you know what you’re looking at you’re rewarded if not it’ll pass by under the radar. When owning my Nissan GT-R I missed the bi-polar nature of owning fast Audi’s. The way you can propel yourself forward like a missile with unmatched traction in any weather, yet do it in complete silence should you wish. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it’s spent more time in comfort than dynamic thanks to lashings of rain and poor road conditions, but I can soon change that. Here’s what I think of my new RS7.
Look at all that honeycomb and carbon
The sports seats don’t just look fantastic, they’re supportive,fully heated with lumbar support and an absolute joy to sit in. Audi interiors in the last decade have really been special places to munch miles and spend time. Smatterings of carbon fibre and high quality leather make this feel every bit as expensive as they were new. The sunroof makes the cabin feel airy and spacious. When you just want to get somewhere in comfort I struggle to think of many better cars for the money. Despite the very slight price difference this car is a different world away from the Nissan GT-R.
The power train
I’ve spoken a little bit already about this bi-turbo charged 4 litre V8 and the power it produces. Circa 560hp and 700nm but what I love most of all is it’s split personality. The fact the V8 can snarl and crackle on overrun when in dynamic mode and provoked, but it can whisper along in total silence. I did a fairly short run the other day (around 30 miles) including a cold start that morning and returned 34mpg thanks to cylinder shutdown. Obviously I’m going to drive the RS7 hard and get to know it better over the coming months, but I’m not a racing driver and sometimes I just want to commute. Anything over 30mpg from its massive fuel tank is a revelation in my eyes, certainly with the levels of performance on offer.
So to summarise it’s fast (in a refined kind of way), it’s covered in carbon fibre, it’s quiet (when you ask it to be) and it will happily throw you to 60mph from standstill in around 3.7 seconds. A pretty good all rounder to me and let’s not forget how beautiful the 7’s architecture is. However the electric power steering is massively lacking feel, twin this to factory air suspension and I feel really disconnected from the chassis. I’ve genuinely no idea when pitching into a corner whether I’m going to make it or not. A far cry from the R35’s hydraulic assisted rack. I’m looking forward to a major service and a remap to see how the RS7 transforms when woken up a little bit. Yet I’m still concerned about the handling and feel of the big lump when pushed harder in the bends.