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South Africa: Audi RS7 Sportback - Hammer and Tongs

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It all starts with the momentary whirr of the starter - an almost disappointingly puny sound, but one rapidly and unequivocally eclipsed by the angry growl of a V8 being prodded into life. You feel as much as hear the deep, menacing throb from the gutter-sized exhausts, and when you prod the loud pedal, the whole car trembles in anticipation. Meet the meanest road-going Audi of them all: the larger-than-life RS7 Sportback.

The A7 Sportback is Audi's take on the four-door coupé trend - a rather hare-brained designation for four-door cars with the low roofline and sleek proportions of a coupé. After all, isn't a coupé by definition limited to two doors only?

You can blame Mercedes-Benz for creating the genre in the first place, and by implication for encouraging the creation of some of the world's most ungainly cars.

The luxury brand's own CLS, now in its second generation, still looks like a droopy banana on wheels. And while BMW's take on the four-door coupé theme, the 6-Series Gran Coupé, is handsome in a low-slung, stealthy kind of way, it's still more sedan than coupé.

Which brings us to the A7 Sportback, a car that steers...

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