Audi RS7 Sportback Performance (2016) review
The latest Audi RS7 Sports back Performance. Packed with more performance, more power, more speed. And not much else.
Even earlier than this update the rabid RS7 was a complicated car to place. It is an RS6 Avant under that svelte hatchback body but lacking the big boot and low load lip. And at $109,926 prior to extras for this RS7 Performance pack, you pay additional for a lesser amount of practicality.
Still, the RS6/7 has never been anything less than unstable: a beast of a twin-turbo V8 sending fierce pulses of torque through an eight-speed auto ‘box we feel quite regretful for, and out to all four wheels via Quattro all-wheel drive. It is capable of the sorts of speeds you will never get uninterested of, according to Audi, which quotes 0-99 Kph in just 3.7sec!
Is the new Audi RS7 Performance drive enhanced than before?
Not actually. Its electronic steering is still completely quiet, following the inputs but by no means letting you know what’s happening below the front wheels. It’s over assisted t even in Dynamic mode, which has the effect of making the edge feel very light. You will never have the confidence to throw the RS7 into a corner with enough passion to mess the chassis, so any guarantee of playful handling (such as the Sport Rear Differential as noted on the spec sheet) is largely irrelevant.
In reality, the steering’s biggest talent is a surprisingly stiff turning circle, which doubtlessly tells you all you need to know about buying these cars.
Put your foot down and Audi declares there is an additional 44bhp to play with along with another 37lb ft on over boost for up to 15 seconds, but such is the absolute heft of the standard RS7combined with its existing ballistic performance, you will only notice the extra go in a drag race. On paper its 0.2 seconds faster to 99 kph for another $7423, which sounds like not much more for already that’s paid.
The RS7 Performance still goes low over its back wheels and stopping is nearly as impressive even lacking the optional carbon-ceramic brakes that appear almost completely bolted to performance test cars these days. Keep it real – keep it steel. Unless you are going on a race track, in that case you have bought the wrong car anyway.
We were astonished at the ride quality, too. It’s nicely judged in universal; even in Dynamic mode the adaptive air-sprung suspension is so obedient we began to wonder whether this was a sporty Audi after all. It was tested on UK roads too, before you ask.