“Sometimes not being in control is the most beautiful thing in the world”
Walking on the same lines, the new Audi RS 7 Performance with blistering and brisk performance is all here! To hail the king, the media and car aficionados were present at the launch that took place on Friday, 10th November, 2016. The company announced the sportback at a whopping price of Rs. 1.59 crore or Rs. 1,59,65,000 to be precise (ex-showroom, Delhi).
A look at the beauty and you will not be able to resist yourself from coveting the aesthetics form it is blessed with. It borrows the bi-turbo 4-litre TFSI V8 motor from the standard RS 7, though on the power front, it has been boosted from 560HP to 605HP whereas the torque has taken a leap from 516lb-ft to 553lb-ft, thanks to the ‘Overboost’ torque-on-demand feature. With a displacement capacity of 3,993cc, the all new RS 7 Performance can sprint from 0 to 100kmph in 3.7 seconds (the standard version takes 3.9 seconds) at a top speed of 305kmph (250kmph in the base one) with the dynamic package.
Other features of the powertrain remains the same along with an 8-speed TipTronic automatic transmission that comes with Quattro all-wheel drive and sport differential. The luxury sedan includes 21-inch alloy wheels and sports a ‘drive-select’ button on the steering wheel to select the suitable drive modes – Auto, Comfort, Individual and Dynamic.
From the inside, the Audi RS 7 Performance is beautified with Valcona leather seats having honeycomb stitching in contrast. The sport-contoured front seats support heated 12-way power along with 4-way power lumbar adjustment. For comfort, the door armrests are draped in quality leather. In terms of entertainment, the beauty with the power of beast comes with MMI touch with handwriting-recognition technology, Audi Connect with 6-month trial subscription, BOSE surround sound system with 14-speakers (630 watts), 7-inch color driver infotainment system, HD Radio technology and INRIX XD traffic among others.
Thierry Lespiaucq, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd., commenting on the launch, said, “The Audi RS 7 Performance further hones the brand's sporty profile and makes it even more desirable, demonstrating our philosophy of 'Vorsprung durch Technik' (advancement through technology).”
Audi is world-known for its safety priorities and the RS 7 Performance is not an exception. The luxury carriage offers dual-stage airbags from driver and front passenger along with front thorax side airbags, Sideguard head curtain and knee airbags, power central locking system that unlocks if airbags deploy, EBS, brake assist, EBD, monitoring system to measure tire pressure, outboard rear seats with LATCH (Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children) and electromechanical parking brake to name few. The four-zone automatic climate control feature enables the driver and passengers to enjoy the temperature that is IDEAL for them.
In India, the German carmaker will follow the direct import route to make the RS 7 Performance available in the country as the company is not expecting a high number on the sales graph considering the price it is tagged with. When available the sportback will face a stiff competition from the slightly higher priced BMW M6 Gran Coupe (Rs. 1.77 crore, ex showroom, Delhi).