The Audi RS7 is a V-8-powered force to be reckoned with, grinning knowingly at a standstill to throw off potential competitors and detractors. Based on the A7 hatchback -- itself a permutation of the popular A6 sedan -- the RS7 ups the performance quotient that makes the A7 and sportier S7 true performance handlers. It is a six-figure luxury tourer that happens to have as many horsepower as some Italian supercars do, but conceals it in a serious yet elegant wrapper.
As we learned at the launch event for the RS7, held on the open desert roads near Las Vegas, the RS7 is twice as quick as it feels, and offers a driving experience duly without peer.
We had the opportunity to live with the Audi RS7 in less-extreme, but no less taxing circumstances. Here are our impressions.