By on October 23, 2013

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Noted bon vivant Donald B, aka Agent 001, is on Audi’s luxury-slathered press launch in Las Vegas. He’s got a ton of shots of the Audi RS7 in the real world, plus all the great food and liquor the company served its captive journos before setting them free in $104,900 Audi RS7.

Not that we’re above taking a free drive in a six-figure German koo-pay-that-isn’t….


AutoSpies has plenty of shots for you to check out, probably mostly taken with Don’s omnipresent Leica compact. The money shot shows the RS7 stretching its legs to a buck-forty somewhere near the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. As fate would have it, I, too, had the chance to blast a turbocharged V-8 German sedan to 140mph — at Nelson Ledges Road Course. Ah, the good life! But truth be told, I’d rather be rolling down a country road in my 560SL at entirely reasonable speeds.

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17 Comments on “Big Don’s Behind The Wheel Of The Audi RS7...”


  • avatar
    Charles T

    “Leica Compact”? I hope it’s an X1 or X2 rather than a D-Lux, because those are just rebadged Panasonics. And I do mean rebadged in a 1980s GM way rather than a modern VW/Audi way.

  • avatar
    fredtal

    “But truth be told, I’d rather be rolling down a country road in my 560SL at entirely reasonable speeds.”

    Will we be getting a comparison test to explain this comment?

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      It might just be a comment on the fact that the launch is in Vegas.

      Otherwise, I cannot imagine why one would not prefer to trounce someone else’s RS7 at a luxo-launch event.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      LOL, my thoughts exactly. Mr. B was soundin like an old man!

      But maybe he’s fed up with all A7 models after his test during the parade and annoying nanny systems.

  • avatar
    Ion

    Don’t feel bad Jack. I have no idea who that guy is nor do I care. Plus isn’t the RS7 an RS8 with a cool faux fastback hatch anyway?

  • avatar
    Numbers_Matching

    ‘I’d rather be rolling down a country road in my 560SL at entirely reasonable speeds.’
    107 series SLs have always been sissy cars. Bobby Ewing drove one – need I say more?
    Too heavy, too slow – even with the 5.5L.

  • avatar
    FractureCritical

    shame you didn’t get to drive it. I’d honestly be interested to see you benchmark it against your old green S5 in terms of performance (mostly becuase I’ve actually driven an S4 hard and can appreciate it as a benchmark).

    Now that I think a little harder about it, I’d love to see an Audi version of the VW comparo that was done a few weeks ago. I’d love to see the winner of the VW cmoparo thrown into the mix for argument’s sake, as well.

    • 0 avatar
      mattfarah

      I was on the launch in Vegas. Got home earlier today. It was a nice launch, but not entirely sure it’s worth the ire, as it was basically the same as any number of a hundred press launches that happen every year.

      The car is stupendously fast to the point of comedy, but also to the point of light sadness. I owned a 2009 S5 coupe like Jacks, and the RS7 would wax it six ways to sunday in every measure of performance. *on a totally closed road, of course* i drag raced the RS7 from a roll against a current (420 hp) S6 and it wasn’t even close. I’ve done high speed runs in many a supercar, and the RS7′s speedometer, for all intents and purposes, climbs just as fast as them all.

      Weed smokers will relate to this though…. there’s something called “smoking yourself sober” where you smoke so much weed in one sitting, that you’re actually sober. It’s a totally real thing, and that’s what the RS7 is like. It’s like speeding yourself sober. The speed that it accelerates and cruises at is so ridiculously high and so easily attainable with zero skill, (and with zero drama) that it’s not really that rewarding, and there’s a huge risk of getting in trouble because you simply cannot drive the speed limit. Anything under 100 mph in the RS7 feels like an utter crawl.

      So yeah, the press launch was fun.

      • 0 avatar
        imag

        That’s something I have noticed in newer cars. We want more refinement and we want more speed, but when we get both, it means that the limits get so high that you lose the main thing, which is fun.

        That’s not to say that some of these cars wouldn’t be fun, but the roads for them just do not exist. You would need empty perfect highways with long sweepers to enjoy them – and even the autobahn is not somewhere you can safely blaze along at 170 mph on a regular basis these days.

        The most important thing to me in a sporting car is whether or not it puts a smile on my face. I have driven slow cars that did it and fast cars that did not. The luxo-missiles seem especially odd for those living outside Germany, as they always seem like they would just be a constant frustration to drive slowly.

        All that said, the RS7 seems a beautiful car and I’m glad it exists.

        • 0 avatar
          juicy sushi

          I, in large part, agree.

          I don’t want or need a car like this and the gizmos and raw speed won’t entertain me or make my life better.

          Cheap, emotionally-fulfilling cars reflect my world a lot better, and they do seem to be surviving in this day and age. That said, this strikes me very much as a journalists car. It’s designed to get rave reviews when experienced for a short period of time brand new by someone with extremely jaded motoring experiences. But owning one for a half decade or more as a daily driver? Probably not particularly a great experience. It does nothing that will not be exceeded by the next “latest and greatest” in 6-12 months, and will experience a drop in “perceived prestige” only slightly lower than the depreciation. Therefore it’s efficiency as a status symbol/luxury good for its target market is probably very poor…

          • 0 avatar
            mattfarah

            Not as much of a journalist’s car as the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, which is basically the same thing but available with a manual transmission. They will build six of these with a stick, and five of them will be for the American press fleets.

          • 0 avatar
            mattfarah

            Not as much of a journalist’s car as the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, which is basically the same thing but available with a manual transmission. They will build six of these with a stick, and five of them will be for the American press fleets.

            Also, do you really think anyone is buying a $125k Audi and using it for “half a decade or more as a daily driver” No. The people who buy these cars lease them, or buy them and still get a new one every three years, or whenever the warranty runs out, whichever comes first.

            Don’t get me wrong, the RS7 is a wonderful car. It drives great, it looks great, has a great sound system, some wonderful detailing in the seats and especially the pinstriped dashboard, which is the baller-est dash treatment since Spyker stopped offering turned aluminum as standard. And it does stand out in a crowd of otherwise mundane pseudo-luxury products. As a long-distance, high-speed GT car for four, it’s as good as they come (except the CLS63 offers more rear headroom, or the Panamera turbo which costs, realistically, $40k more). And once the tuners get their hands on it, we’re going to be seeing these things with 800 hp on the street.

            Bottom line is this is an easy car for Audi to build, sort of like GM with the CTS-V wagon. Most of the parts were already there, so if the RS7 achieves a niche market and sells a few thousand a year, they are ahead of the game and some Quattrophiles own the fastest four-door Audi you can buy. Worse things than that.

          • 0 avatar
            juicy sushi

            Matt, thanks for the reply and I agree with your points. I’m looking forward to a Smoking Tire review on it, too. But yeah, it’s nice, you’re right, there’s a business case, but it just doesn’t move me in any way. That could be related to Audi’s crappy styling…

  • avatar
    Eyeflyistheeye

    AutoSpies has to be the antithesis of TTAC. Their single-minded devotion into worshipping any new car out of Germany and putting down anything made in Japan makes Scientology look like slackers.


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