Just look at the front brake discs. Behind the five-spoke grille of the 22″ wheels are hidden huge discs with a diameter of 440 millimeters (that is, over 17″ – that’s how big the wheels of some cars are!), into which ten-piston brakes bite. Attentive readers will also have noticed the inscription “ceramic”, because it is really a completely new carbon-ceramic brake, extremely powerful and tireless, saving a total of 34 kilos of unsprung weight.

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Lightweight 22″ alloy wheels and massive carbon-ceramic brake discs behind them. A sure sign that this car is going to be hella fast!

And believe me, the RS 7 Performance absolutely needs such strong brakes, because behind that huge grill, a wild herd of 630 thoroughbreds from a twice-turbocharged eight-cylinder breed is barking, which shoots from rest to 100 in an incredible 3.4 seconds! In doing so, you can take three friends on board and watch as their initial exuberant enthusiasm quickly turns to mute dismay as you drive.

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Eight cylinders. Four liters of volume. And two turbos to boot. This means 630 horsepower and a massive pull of 850 Nm.

What does the Performance package include?

First of all, you will get an additional 30 hp and 50 Nm, which will help shorten the acceleration to 100 km/h by 0.2 seconds. Audi engineers also saved 8 kg of damping material, additional kilos are saved by the new discs (additional 22″ saves 20 kg). The Performance version also includes the RS Dynamic Package with rear wheel steering, a rear sports differential and an increase in maximum speed to 280 km/h. All this for “only” 151 thousand.

This car not only looks like a road shark (it reliably cleans the left lane of the highway and even pedestrians are on the lookout for it), it also drives like that – extremely fast and nimble. The brutal grip of the Continental Sport Contact 7 sticky tires with a giant size of 285/30 is supported by the quattro four-wheel drive, which provides the certainty of endless traction, the adaptive chassis does not let itself be thrown off by bumps, and the active turning of the wheels provides agility in tight turns and stability in fast ones. You just can’t catch this car on a whim. So that you too are in perfect driving shape…

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It drives like hell and looks damn hot!

Squeezing such a monster requires a lot of experience, skill… and courage. The RS 7 races around the county like an enraged predator after its prey, roaring like a wild storm and you have to concentrate like hell behind the wheel and look far ahead because you’re literally there immediately – just hold the gas on the floor for a moment if you dare, and ominous numbers start jumping on the speedometer. The RS 7 is an obscenely, shamelessly, menacingly fast car!

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You can share all that speed with up to three friends. Very scared friends.

On the other hand, it’s actually quite nice. He listens faithfully, willingly changes direction, and even allows himself to be driven a little by the throttle, so that he draws you into the game and lets you be fooled to your heart’s content (not only within the bounds of decency, but beyond). But he never plans a trick on you, he doesn’t plan in the background how to bite your leg in a moment of inattention. But you have to seriously concentrate, respect the performance of the car and its weight.

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The RS 7 is a joy to drive, but if you’re not in a hurry, you can relax behind the wheel.

The magic of differentials

The new center differential is lighter, more compact and better distributes torque to both axles – standard 40 : 60 in favor of the rear, but can send up to 70% forward or 85% rearward. The sports differential on the rear axle then distributes the torque between the individual wheels according to the load and many other parameters, thus sending more newton meters to the outer rear wheel in the swing and helping you maintain the right track, or even tighten it a little.

And it is considerable by sports car standards, even if skillfully hidden while driving. Despite its undeniable athletic prowess, the RS7 is first and foremost a luxury saloon, so when you switch it to comfort mode, the whole car calms down, relaxes its muscles and quiets its speech, so you can comfortably cross continents while pampering yourself with outrageous equipment and premium comfort. Even the consumption of around ten liters is not so terrible. Although the RS7 can easily claim twice as much under full throttle. Well, those who want a monkey must have bananas…

Which, of course, applies to the entire RS7, which you can buy for 3.5 million as a base, but the equipment-laden tester came to almost five balls. It’s weird, but not really that much. The only faster means of transport is a helicopter and other fliers, you won’t find anything more comfortable and nimble on the road than the RS7.

You can buy the basic Audi RS7 Sportback for 3,466,900 CZK, for the more powerful and sharper Performance version, prepare 3,617,900 CZK – and in both cases a few hundred thousand more for the necessary additional items…

Motor front-mounted, twin-turbo + 48V mHEV fork eight-cylinder
Displacement volume 3,996 cm3
Performance 441 kW (630 hp) at 6,000 rpm
Torque 850 Nm at 2,050-4,500 rpm.
Transmission automatic, 8 degrees
Tree all four wheels
Standby weight 2 150 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3,4 s
Maximal speed 305 km/h
Consumption (combination) 12.0 l/100 km
Fuel tank volume 73 l
Wheels and tires 285/30 R22
Dimensions (length/width/height) 5 009/1 950/1 424 mm
Wheelbase 2 930 mm
Volume of the luggage compartment 523 l