Back in May, you might recall that Abt launched the RS6 Legacy Edition, a calculated attempt to activate the saliva gland of anyone with an existing weakness for Audi’s monster wagon. The car was limited to 200 examples, delivered 760hp to all four wheels and was built to celebrate 20 years of the RS6. Well, the RS7 hasn’t been around quite so long - exactly half the time, in fact - but that hasn’t prevented the tuner from introducing a Legacy Edition all of its own, with virtually all the same attributes. Save the bigger boot, of course.
In its place you get the swoopy, love-it-or-hate-it rear end that distinguishes all variants of the Sportback from its much more famous (and bigger selling) sibling, only here it comes with a fixed spoiler specially crafted for the job. Needless to say, "Signature Carbon Bold" bits and pieces are used liberally elsewhere, too, and are intended to set off both the four-pipe stainless steel exhaust and the 22-inch forged rims. Oh and the Abt coilovers and dampers responsible for what looks like a fairly substantial drop in ride height.
As with the RS6, you probably need to be an established super-fan of the Sportback to buy into the RS7-LE, although we won’t deny that from the right angle it looks appropriately aggressive. And with the same 760hp and 723lb ft of torque courtesy of Abt’s familiar combination of new turbo, intercooler and ECU, it’s likely to drive pretty aggressively, too. As you might expect, the new Legacy Edition is said to get as close to knocking off 62mph in 3 seconds as the wagon does.
Too silly? Well, that’s certainly not an invalid though given the six-figure sum the tuner wants for completing the work - not to mention the staggering amount of gusto that Audi has already teased from the RS7 in its Performance guise. That car might have 130 fewer horses in the corral, nevertheless (if the RS6 we drove earlier this month is anything to go on) you’ll very seldom want for any more. Having said that, Abt points out that the Legacy Edition is also about paying homage to the outgoing 4.0-litre V8 - and if for you a fitting tribute means throwing yet more fuel on a raging fire, then we say have at it.
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