Earlier today we had fallen, heavily, for the new 812 GTS and even though our feelings tend to be rather fickle at the best of times, they haven’t changed about the Ferrari. However, we have found room in our hearts for a new flame – it’s the stunning 2020 Audi RS7 Sportback. Commence drooling…
With a whopping 591 horsepower and 800Nm of torque produced by its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 (with a 48-volt hybrid system, belt-driven motor generator and a small lithium-ion battery), the RS7 Sportback has pace to burn. It can do the 0-100kph sprint in just 3.6 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 250kph but if you opt for the Dynamic Plus package that number increases to a blistering 305kph. The RS7’s sport differential can shift torque between the rear wheels, and the standard eight-speed automatic and Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system distributes torque between the front and rear axles.
It packs an adaptive air suspension which in its standard setting sees the RS7 sit 20mm lower to the ground than the regular A7 and when you hit speeds of 120kph it drops a further 10mm to improve airflow over the body. Worried about those pesky speed bumps? Fear not for it also has a special “lift mode” which adds 20mm to the ride height meaning you can clear them with ease.
Let’s leave all of that aside for a moment and concentrate on those stunning looks; aside from the very attractive new silhouette, that huge blacked-out grille flanked by two triangular vents on either side really stands out (it has a smaller vent above it which funnels air directly under the bonnet), it rides on a set of 10-spoke 21in wheels wrapped in 275/35 tyres (22in are an option) and it is available in 13 different exterior colours.
The interior is just as attractively style and features Audi's MMI dual touchscreen interface and virtual cockpit, a flat-bottom fully perforated steering wheel (with an RS button that can be used for quicker access to the customizable RS1 or RS2 drive modes) and RS logos all over the place. It also packs Nappa leather black RS sport bucket seats and high-quality Nappa leather. It has a four-seat arrangement with a two-place rear seat but there’s also a new three-place rear bench to bring passenger capacity up to five.
It will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door and the BMW M8 Gran Coupe and all we can say is that they had better watch out because the RS7 Sportback means business.