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18 January 2013

Audi RS7 Group B rally car rendered

Designer imagines new twin-turbo RS7 as heroic 80s rally icon. Can you do better?

Vijay Pattni
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This is either a) likely to inspire the ire and unbridled hatred of a thousand incensed, bobble-hatted rally enthusiasts, or b) be greeted with a quiet, solemn nod of approval. We're erring towards the latter.

It's the new Audi RS7, of course, but imagined in the livery and getup of Ingolstadt's very famous and very spectacular Group B icon: the original Audi Quattro S1.

Why? Because earlier this week, designer Frederic Louis saw the pictures of Audi's twin-turbo RS7, and thought the car's inherent aggressiveness would be a perfect canvas on which to layer the Quattro's heritage.

Now, for those rally enthusiasts frothing themselves into a commenting rant about the desecration of an icon, Frederic admitted to that "it's not a very logical decision to take the huge A7 for rallying, I know this".

"The A1 Quattro or RS5 would have been a better choice to be realistic," he told us, "but a new, fresh breath through the sport with some new cars would be a great way to make it a sensational sport full of adrenaline for our generation."

It's certainly a statement, this RS7, albeit one with a regulation-busting 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 pumping out 557bhp and 700Nm of torque. 0-100kph in the new RS7 takes just 3.9 seconds, complete with Quattro and an eight-speed gearbox. Quite a departure from the 2.1-litre, 300/350bhp five-pot turbo piloted by the likes of Moulton, Blomqvist, Mikkola and of course, Rörhl.

Still, we're quite fond of this rallying RS7, and it got us thinking. We'd like you, the humble, bobble-hatted TopGear.commer, to come up with your most outlandish, radical and downright salacious rally renders - cars you would never expect to see on a special stage - and send them in to

We'll publish the best ones, and laugh at the worst. You may begin...

Renders courtesy of Frederic Louis and

Tags: audi, a7, quattro, a7 sportback, rs7, s7



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