Audi RS7 - Built to Amuse




The German automobile brand Audi is known for manufacturing powerful, aesthetically pleasing and feature rich cars for its fans and admirers. As a 4th model in its line-up in India, Audi launched the famous RS7 which is the more powerful version of the A7. This is the second generation of the RS7 after the first generation which was released back in 2014. Available in only 1 variant for ₹1.94crore ex-showroom Delhi. Competing against a tough competition between BMW M5 and newly launched Mercedes E63 AMG, let us see what Audi has to offer.


Engine and Engineering


Audi’s well known 4L TFSI Quattro Twin-Turbocharged V8 petrol engine which produces 591hp and 800nm of torque which is 5hp lower and 50nm more than the previous generation variant, paired with a 48-volt mild hybrid system resulting in 0-100km/h in 3.6secs with a maximum speed of 250km/h. It comes with 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission with AWD. Adaptive air front and rear suspension and Cylinder deactivation tech comes standard with optional choices including Rear wheel steering system for improved cornering, Carbon ceramic brakes and a Torque vectoring sports differential which selects which rear wheel needs more torque, thus further improving cornering. 2 additional packages, Dynamic and Dynamic Plus is optional which pushed the top speed further to 280km/h and 305km/h respectively.





Design


The RS7 has a distinctive look, aggressive front and a sloping roofline makes it a sport back. 5m long, 2.12m wide, 1.45m high and a wheelbase of 2.93m, it sits lower than the A7 and has more wide front and rear tracks. Head and Tail lights have an animation effect using its matrix adaptive LEDs which Audi uses in all of its high end cars as a gimmick to attract younger customers. The RS7 is available in 8 colors - Estoril Blue Crystal effect, Panther Black Crystal effect, Daytona Gray Matte, Prism Silver Crystal, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Suzuka Gray Metallic, Nardo Gray and Misano Red. Standard 21-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels with an option of 22-inch wheels which look pretty good but at a cost of comfort. Redesigned bumper with large intakes and RS specific blacked out single frame honeycomb finish grille, there is also a separate small horizontal grille on the bonnet lip which resembles a moustache. The back profile is dominated by a horizontal tail light which covers the whole width and a chrome strip above the exhaust pipes.




Coming to the interior of the RS7, it gets the same basic layout carried from the A7. Sport seats with Alcantara and red stitching, RS spec flat bottom steering wheel, Carbon fiber trim on the dashboard, extended thigh support in front seats and aluminum paddle shifters which enhance the combination of luxury and sportiness which every car buyer expects.


Features


The features bundle includes dual touch screen setup one 10.1-inch and other 8.6-inch, 12.3-inch virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster, 30 color ambient lighting, heated and auto dimming ORVM, hands free tailgate opening and electronically operated spoiler which gets activated at the speed of 100km/h. Apart from these standard features, the optional add-ons include hands free parking, sunroof, ventilated front and heated front and rear seats and a heads up display. Including all this the RS7 makes a good package but it would be better if things like sunroof and heads up display comes as standard.





Safety


Standard safety tech like 8 airbags, ISOFIX child seat, front and rear parking sensors and a tyre pressure monitor makes the sports sedan equivalent but not better than its competitors.


Verdict


Overall the RS7 is a hefty combination of a sporty and luxurious sedan with a powerful engine a better engine sound, with an eye catching and stunning design, it will surely make people happy when they see it road. It is 39lakhs without options, more expensive than its Rival the BMW M5. As well as with the Mercedes E63 which is just launched this year, it makes a really calculated decision for a buyer to choose which one to pick.

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