Like all great circuits, the MMRT makes for an apt automotive equaliser. Its blend of recurring sweeping corners favour pointy, light weight cars whereas the long back straights give powerful heavyweights like the RS7 a chance to cover up plenty of ground in no time. Now we have tested the RS7 Performance on the road and back then it gave us one of our quickest acceleration figures ever. On the track, the brutal acceleration certainly matters especially when flying past the start-finish straight and punching out of C3. Over the long straight that follows, there is simply no stopping this hulk of a sedan riding the tidal wave of torque that builds right from 2,000rpm. However, it’s when you drop the anchor at speed that you realise the weight of the RS7. If you brake too hard and flick the wheel you can shift the weight far too forward and lose traction at the rear.
C8 is a nearly flat 90-degree right-hand corner that’s shortly followed by a similarly angled off-camber left-hander. Here the RS7 appeared surprisingly agile in the hands of our pro driver Rayomand Banajee. Like the Ameo Cup car, the RS7 chassis is unfazed by the smack of a curb or off camber turns but given all that weight, it’s easy to overwhelm the grip from its tires if you enter a corner too hot or power out mid corner because at this point the car is tipping on its nose with a lot of weight over the front axle.
All in all, the RS7 Performance displayed great poise and gripped well around corners but there is no getting away from its sheer size. To get the best lap time you have got to keep your entries clean into corners while keeping the car close to the apex and use that incredible quattro traction to power out. In the end, the RS7 pulled a 1m 59.73s lap time which is mighty impressive if you consider the fact that you can go round again with three of your friends and their stuff without losing too much time.