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RS to die for Great looks and raw power for ultimate driving experience in Audi RS7

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The new Audi RS7

The new Audi RS7

Audi RS7 2020

Audi RS7 2020

Audi RS7 2020

Audi RS7 2020

Audi RS7 2020

Audi RS7 2020

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The new Audi RS7

Audi - RS7

IF I was in Conor McGregor's shoes right now I would be picking up my mobile phone and dialling my local Audi dealer to ask how much they would give on a trade-in for his entire fleet - including his BMW i8 and Cadillac Escalade - towards the new RS7.

Because nothing the fast-car loving UFC fighter has right now outside his plush mansion has a patch on this ultimate sports car.

Yes I am a big fan of the futuristic-looking BMW i8, but it doesn't have the pure petrol running through its veins like the RS7 does. Even its stablemate from the Bavarian M-Sport division - the BMW M5 - can't touch the new RS7 in terms of being the complete sports driving machine.

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In this new green world of electric, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, it surprises me that the likes of Audi still see a market for muscle cars of this calibre - especially when I reveal the price at the end. Let's just say you'd want to be scooping a share of the €140m EuroMillions jackpot next Tuesday.

Parking the price aside for a while, the new RS7 attracted more attention than Matt Damon out for a swim in Dalkey during my week-long test drive. If I received a euro for every time I was asked to 'rev it up' I might actually be able to afford one.

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Because underneath the RS7's stunning good looks lies a modern- day 4.0-litre V8 Twin Turbo 600bhp petrol engine that can sprint from 0-100km/h in a blistering 3.7 seconds.

Put it this way, if Santa swapped his reindeer for an RS7 he could have all his deliveries around the world done in a couple of hours and be back before Mrs Claus even put the fry-up on.

But it's not in the sky where the RS7 belongs - it is on the open road or, even more so, the track where you will find the beast is at its best.

I took it for a nice country drive as far as Carlow town (pre Level 5 lockdown of course) during my week-long test drive and it was just the ultimate driving experience.

Cruising on motorways at 120km/k feels like you are clipping along at 40km/h and you could very easily build up all 12 penalty points on your licence without even knowing it.

The meandering country roads proved no match for the RS7 either, with the four-wheel drive Quattro carving up the tarmac like a slalom skier.

But the ultimate driving machine comes at a price - a very high one too.

For the small sum of €168k, the RS7 comes standard with 22-inch alloys, HD Matrix LED headlights, heated/ventilated front seats, Valcona leather, adaptive air suspension, electric sports seats, reversing camera, four-zone climate control, virtual cockpit.

But you'd have to dig more than €20k deeper in your pocket for my test model that came with sport exhaust, panoramic roof, red brake callipers, 360-degree cameras and an €8k carbon fibre package bringing the grand total up to €190k.

Maybe I will just ask Santa for one and see what happens.



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