Audi RS7

THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - Wheels -

When does very fast be­come too fast? It’s a ques­tion we’ve been think­ing about a lot since testing the new Audi RS7 Sport­back on UK roads for the first time. Based heav­ily on un­der­pin­nings from the RS6 Avant, the four-door coupe-styled sa­loon you see here is in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion with the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shoot­ing Brake and BMW’s 6 Se­ries Gran Coupe. It’s also quite lu­di­crously fast. It’ll do 0-62mph in 3.9 sec­onds, but that’s only part of the story. It’s the way its 4.0-litre twin-tur­bocharged en­gine re­lent­lessly yanks you up the road that re­ally im­presses. From a stand­still there’s ab­so­lutely no wheel-spin to speak of, just pure trac­tion. This neck-snap­ping ac­cel­er­a­tion is made pos­si­ble thanks to Audi’s Qu­at­tro four-wheel drive sys­tem, which also pro­duces ti­tanic lev­els of grip through cor­ners. It gen­uinely feels as though this car is al­most too ca­pa­ble for UK roads – with the amount of speed pos­si­ble in bends and the ac­cel­er­a­tive forces on of­fer it’s un­likely you’ll be able to find a road to truly ex­ploit it. The steer­ing is nicely weighted and of­fers enough feed­back to point the car in the di­rec­tion you want to go and have the con­fi­dence it’ll play ball. For­tu­nately the pack­age also in­cludes car­bon-ce­ramic brakes. Th­ese are very im­pres­sive in­deed, with a pro­gres­sive pedal feel and al­most un­be­liev­able stop­ping power. They’re also not go­ing to fade, even when abused re­peat­edly on a race track. Our car fea­tured the op­tional Dy­namic Plus Pack­age, which means that fe­roc­ity con­tin­ues as you fire through the eight gears in the smooth yet light­ning-quick au­to­matic gear­box all the way up to a top speed of 189mph. That’s not all you get for your ten grand, though.

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