The Audi RS 7 Sportback has arrived as the flagship RS model in the brand’s passenger car range.

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The performance-oriented Audi five-door coupe is priced from $238,500 and is positioned at a premium over the more practical and more affordable RS6 Avant (from $225,000). That price also positions it favourably against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG S ($262,645) and the BMW M6 Gran Coupe ($299,500).

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It’s powered by the same 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 producing 412kW of power and 700Nm of torque that Audi claims will see the swoopy sedan sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds, and fuel use is claimed at 9.8 litres per 100 kilometres. Its top speed is governed at 250km/h.

The 5010-millimetre long, 1911mm wide model has a kerb weight of 1995 kilograms, rolls on 21-inch wheels with 19-inch front brakes, and features an adaptive air suspension system as standard.

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Optional packages are extensive for the RS7 Sportback.

The Dynamic package ($4900), which replaces the air suspension with steel springs and adjustable dampers, adds “dynamic” steering and lifts the maximum speed governing to 280km/h. The Dynamic package plus ($25,840) adds ceramic brakes and lifts the speed limiter to 305km/h.

Audi’s Assistance package ($10,375) adds night vision assistant which can detect pedestrians, adaptive cruise control, active lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring and a crash avoidance system.

The Audi exclusive design package ($13,900) has quilted leather seats with red stitching, RS embossing on the front  seats, floor mats with red leather piping, red seatbelts and leather-wrapped controls with red stitching. If that doesn’t do enough to the interior, there’s also a Bang & Olufsen stereo upgrade with 15 speakers and 1200 watts of power ($12,000).

2014 Audi RS7 Sportback Key Features:

4.0-litre twin-turbo V8

Eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox

21-inch alloy wheels

Tyre pressure monitor

Front-view and reverse-view cameras with surround parking sensors

Cruise control

Head-up display

Sunroof

Metallic or prestige paint at no cost

Electric tailgate

LED headlights

Bose stereo with 14 speakers

Satellite navigation with 8.0-inch infotainment screen and Audi media touchpad

Bluetooth phone and audio streaming

Digital radio reception (DAB plus)

DVD playback

Heated sports front seats with electric adjustment and lumbar, driver’s seat with memory

Leather trim

2014 Audi A7 Sportback range

  • 3.0 TDI Quattro, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic - $136,750
  • 3.0 TFSI Quattro, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic - $145,300
  • 3.0 Biturbo Quatto, 8-speed automatic - $149,600
  • S7 4.0 TFSI Quattro, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic - $179,900
  • RS7 4.0 TFSI Quattro, 8-speed automatic - $238,500