The Audi RS 7 was launched in India today, making it the most powerful Audi model on sale in the country. So how does it fare against its competition?
Ideally, the RS 7 would compete with the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Mercedes CLS 63 AMG and the Porsche Panamera Turbo S. However, BMW and Mercedes do not sell those cars in India, and hence we need to improvise with what is available.
Compared to the M5, E63 AMG and the Turbo S, the RS 7 has the smallest engine block displacing only 3,993cc. However, its right up there with the rest when it comes to power and torque, producing 560 hp and 700 Nm. In fact, the RS 7 turns out to be the second quickest car among the lot, sprinting from 0-100 km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds, which is only 0.1 second slower than the most powerful Panamera.
Apart from the Panamera, the rest of the cars have their top-speed limited to 250 km/h. However, Audi offers an option called 'Dynamic Package Plus' which sees the RS 7's top-speed increase to 305 km/h. The Audi and the Porsche are all-wheel drive, while the Bimmer and Merc are RWD.
All cars (apart from the Audi) come equipped with modern dual-clutch transmissions, however, the Audi features an 8-speed gearbox compared to its competitors' 7-speed units. This, and a Cylinder On Demand management system, ensures the RS 7 delivers 10.2 kmpl in the European driving cycle.
As far as prices are concerned, the Panamera is the most expensive of the crop. Though Porsche haven't announced the prices for the car in India (bookings have commenced already), it is estimated at INR 2.2 crores.