When it comes to cars that can do it all, few are better than the Audi A7. It’s practical, luxurious, gorgeous, and can be extremely fast if we’re talking about the RS7. Save for going off road, the sleek Sportback from Ingolstadt ticks just about all the right boxes, but it’s the heavy dose of performance that entices enthusiasts.
A new video recorded on the Autobahn shows a first-generation RS7 stretching its legs on an unrestricted section of Germany’s glorious highway. Bear in mind this is no ordinary RS7 as we’re dealing with the beefier Performance version launched in late 2015 with an uprated engine. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 was massaged by engineers carrying shirts with Four Rings to 605 horsepower and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. They even gave it an overboost function, unlocking a mountain-moving 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) for a few seconds.
Putting those numbers to the test, YouTuber AutoTopNL gave the C7-generation RS7 Performance the proverbial beans by pushing the lightly modified Sportback all the way up to 193 mph (311 km/h). “Lightly modified” because the stock exhaust is gone, replaced by an Akrapovic setup providing a more aggressive soundtrack that perfectly suits the V8.
There’s more to the RS7 than the impressively high velocity it can achieve as getting there is just as exciting. The sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill took merely 3.35 seconds, which is a lot better than the 3.7-second time announced by Audi when the Performance version came out some six years ago.
Let’s keep in mind the RS7 is quite the luxobarge in terms of size and weight, tipping the scales at around two metric tons. It proves that while the internal combustion engine is gradually being phased out in favor of electric vehicles, it’s not going out without a proverbial bang.
It is a certainty that performance will get better with EVs, but we will definitely miss the raw engine note of a V8. That day is still in the distant future as RS models equipped with combustion engines still have a few good years left before Audi will pull the plug on its high-performance ICE offerings.
Source: AutoTopNL / YouTube