For the second-generation, the Audi RS7 Sportback is faster and more capable than ever before. Admittedly, it’s still a big, fast GT car in essence, so it’s not an all-out sports car destined for track use. Despite that, the RS7 is no slouch on track, capable of putting down impressive lap times. Can it beat one of its main rivals on track? German publication Auto Sport decided to find out.
Auto Sport recently took the Audi RS7 Sportback to Hockenheim to put down the fastest lap time they could. Then they compared that lap to some of the other cars they tested, with the same driver on the same track.
The RS7 put down a lap time of 1:57.3, which isn’t too shabby for a four-door, liftback GT car. So how does it compare to the BMW M5 Competition, a car that has about the same amount of power?
With the same driver on the same track, only different days, the BMW M5 Competition was faster, lapping Hockenheim in 1:54.2. That’s over three seconds faster than the Audi RS7 Sportback, which is an impressive margin.
Admittedly, the M5 Competition isn’t really a direct competitor to the Audi RS7 Sportback. The closest BMW competitor would be the M8 Gran Coupe, which is heavier than the M5 Comp. However, the M8 Gran Coupe isn’t available for testing just yet, so we can see why Auto Sport is comparing it to the M5.
The BMW M5 Competition may have had another small advantage, in terms of its tires. The Pirelli P Zero tires on the Bimmer are a bit more aggressive than the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3 rubber on the Audi RS7 Sportback. We’re big fans of the Hankook brand but the S1 Evo3 isn’t as aggressive a tire as the P Zero on the M5, as the Evo3 is designed to also be quiet and eco-friendly. So the Bimmer had a bit of a track-tire advantage.
Still, the Audi RS7 Sportback is a very fast machine that’s also luxurious, comfortable, stylish and even more practical than its rivals.