Audi unleashes raging RS7 coupe sedan at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Lets be clear, the run of the mill A7 is a quick sporty car. The sports version of it, the S7, is a fast car blessed with sharp road handling. What do we have left to described the halo version of this sublime auto?

2014 Audi RS7 unveiled in Detriot

Before you answer consider the facts, 560 HP and 514lb-ft of torque from the 4.0TFSI engine (I am sure it should be TTFSI as the car is twin turbo charged) with a top speed of 305 km/hr. Lets assume you live on this side of the Atlantic where top speeds simply don’t matter, lets say you wanted to go drag racing. No problem! Zero to 100 kms/hr flashed by in 3.7 seconds. Few vehicles made are capable of equaling or bettering that time. Now consider the Quattro All-Wheel-Drive system (I live in Canada and welcome the traction), the four executive caliber seats and the full slate of safety and infotainment equipment on-board. This is about as close to the perfect Super-Sports car you will find on the market today.

In keeping with Audi’s lightweight engineering principle, the cabin of the RS7 is awash in carbon fibre with aluminum accents . The show car debuted in Detroit rode on some pretty large shiny chrome rims. Audi has a tendency to outfit the auto show cars with these dramatic rims (look at the previous generation R8 shown in Detroit) but look for more subdued footwear on the production model.

Audi executives pose with the 2014 Audi RS7 in Detroit

The RS7 is slated to go on sale later in 2013 as a 2014 model and I am chomping at the bit to spend some time behind the wheel of this monster to see if it handles as well as it sprints.