The Audi RS7 Sportback is a beautifully built hyper-saloon, with supercar-baiting performance and superb all-weather ability thanks to its quattro all-wheel-drive system. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe, the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG and the Porsche Panamera Turbo are close to the RS7 in terms of price and pace.
The RS7 has a near perfect interior with high-quality materials and stylish design. Four adults can travel long distances in comfort and the big boot can carry all their luggage.
Different driving modes help tailor the RS7 to the road conditions and the quattro system gives fantastic grip in the wet, but the car’s suspension set-up is overly firm. Stopping force is phenomenal, though – especially if you specify the race-spec carbon-ceramic brake discs.
And they need to be because the 560hp engine can propel the Sportback from 0-62mph in less than four seconds. And the sound it makes is just as explosive – like the bellow emitted when the god of thunder steps on a lego brick – thanks to valves in the exhaust system that can turn a muted purr at low speeds into to a full-blown, bassy growl at full throttle. Yet more cleverness, masquerading as cylinder-on-demand technology, means the engine is very fuel efficient relative to the huge power it offers.
The RS7 Sportback is not cheap and optional extras can almost double its price, but the running costs are reasonable for the amount of power it has.
The speed this big saloon can achieve is mind-boggling
The Audi RS7 Sportback is a very capable all-weather, all-season and almost all-purpose performance saloon. It can seat four in comfort and has the ability to cover vast distances very quickly and with ease. The big boot and excellent interior only add to its appeal.
However, the more expensive you specify it, the closer it gets in terms of price to the more-rewarding-to-drive Porsche Panamera Turbo S that is also a-more-complete package.