It’s hard to not love the Audi RS7 Sportback. How do you not love a 600-horsepower super sedan with a hatchback trunk and supermodel looks? I tested the RS7 last year but, unfortunately, it snowed 90 percent of the time I had it, so I was barely able to scratch the surface of its potential. However, in this new video from The Smoking Tire, we get to see what it’s like in sunny Los Angeles, on some twisty canyon roads.
Both hosts drive the car; Matt Farah and Zach Klapman; and both seem genuinely impressed with the RS7, though there’s a caveat. Don’t expect the Audi RS7 Sportback to take down the BMW M5 or Mercedes-AMG E63, in terms of sporty handling. While the RS7 is sporty, packs a ton of performance, and more capable than a nearly 5,000 lb sedan should be, flat-out canyon carving is not its primary objective.
Instead, the Audi RS7 is designed to be used as a daily driver that’s both comfortable, smooth, and brutally fast. Rather than a proper super sedan, it’s more of a high-performance, four-door GT car. It’s built to eat up hundreds of miles, at 120 mph, in comfort and style. And if it so happens to come upon a twisty road, you can still have some fun in it.
Under the hood is a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 with 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. With that, it can hit 60 mph in the low three-second range and run the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds. That’s blisteringly fast for such a heavy car with a practical hatchback trunk. And that’s sort of the whole point of the car — duality.
At the end of the video, Farah says he took a trip with his wife and his parents; four adults and all of their luggage; and not only was it comfortable and spacious enough but it was also fast and fun. They ate up tons of miles in it and really enjoyed the RS7. So if you’re looking for a four-door GT car, you can’t go wrong in an Audi RS7 Sportback.