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Audi RS7 Detailed review in 2022

Audi RS7

Overview of Audi RS7:

Audi RS7 Sportback. Probably the burning question on your mind is: how fast is it? Let’s get this out of the way right away: yeah. It has a top speed of 174mph and a 0-60mph time of less than four seconds.

It’s created by Audi Sport, the company’s performance division, and as we’ve seen before, the Audi Sport team knows a thing or two about producing fast vehicles. Consider Audi Sport in the same way that BMW’s M division and Mercedes’ AMG are related.

Audi Sport now offers the RS3 and RS4 Avant, but aside from the R8 supercar, which is a customized two-seater, the Audi RS7 Sportback is the brand’s greatest glory: a phenomenally speedy performance car that can seat five people and all their baggage.

You have to pay a lot of money for that privilege, which makes the BMW M8 Gran Coupé and Porsche Panamera it is apparent competitors. The Mercedes-AMG GT 4dr is even more expensive but should be on your radar, and there’s another Porsche to mention: the all-electric Taycan illustrates that electric cars can also be driver’s cars.

And it is a label that not every fast Audi from the past has genuinely deserved. Going quickly in a straight line is one thing, but when can you ever max out automobiles like this? Performance automobiles should be about dynamic handling as much as they are about speed.

Is the Audi RS7 a one-dimensional performance vehicle, or does it excite in every way? Continue reading to discover out, and then visit our New Car Buying website to see if we can save you money. There are no-haggle bargains on practically every new automobile on the market, so don’t pass them up.

What Is New in 2023?

Audi makes no substantial modifications to the 2023 Audi RS7, although the optional Executive package now includes remote park assist plus and a black Dinamica headliner.

Performance, Engine, and Transmission:

Power is provided by a magnificent twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine, which is coupled with a 48-volt hybrid system, an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and Quattro all-wheel drive. All of this technology makes the RS7 heavier than the previous generation vehicle, which produced up to 605 horsepower. Nonetheless, with 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, the Audi RS7 we tested hit 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. Do you want a slightly higher dose of “holy s**t” acceleration? Try the 617-hp BMW M5 Competition, which accelerates to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. The RS7 rides on air suspension with customizable settings for various stiffness levels. Regardless of drive mode, it seemed smooth, especially when spinning on our tester’s 22-inch rims (21s are standard). Bending into curves is also enjoyable, due to the balanced chassis and the extra agility of its standard rear-wheel-steering system. The words “crazy rapid” and “unerringly comfy” accurately describe its driving nature. Despite not selecting the carbon-ceramic brakes, which boost the peak speed from 155 to 190 mph, the conventional stoppers dragged our almost 5000-pound four-door down from 70 mph to 151 feet.

Real-World MPG and Fuel Economy:

The EPA rates the powerful, but thirsty, Audi RS7 at 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the interstate. We drove it on our 75-mph highway fuel efficiency route as part of our rigorous testing, and it returned 23 mpg in real-world conditions. Visit the EPA’s website for additional information on the RS7’s fuel efficiency.

Drive and performance:

In the introduction, we said that the Audi RS7 has a peak speed of up to 174mph if you select the de-limited top-spec Vorsprung trim, or 155mph if you order the regular or Carbon Black trims. The 4.0-liter V8 engine is standard across the board, and with 592bhp paired to the RS7’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system, acceleration is described as controlled aggressiveness. 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds is simply insane, and the available traction ensures it’s never delivered in a haphazard manner.

But how does it compare to its competitors? We haven’t yet driven the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé, but we have driven the two-door M8 Coupé, which is just as rapid as the RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo. The Porsche Taycan, though, reigns supreme. When we tried it on a wet track, it went from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, and its response is also more electric than the RS7s.

When you press the accelerator, the RS7 takes a while to kick down and get into its stride. Once it starts to accelerate, it offers a fantastic V8 noise that the Taycan cannot equal. However, if we had to pick the best-sounding car in the class, we’d go with the Mercedes-AMG GT 4dr.

The GT 4dr, on the other hand, is louder all the time, even when all you want to do is a cruise. When you’re not in the mood for the RS7’s automotive auditory theatrics, the engine is blissfully quiet around 70mph, and wind and road noise are also nicely muffled.

The suspension is configured differently depending on which of the numerous drive modes you’ve chosen. Dynamic stiffen it to aid in body roll control, but the ride becomes so brittle that it’s unpleasant on all but the smoothest Tarmac. The Auto and Comfort modes soften it up enough to ride pleasantly at speed, but the Audi RS7 nevertheless thumps strongly and occasionally annoyedly through broken city streets.

And the reward for this tenacity isn’t superb handling. Even while rear-wheel steering is featured and is rather fast and precise, it provides very little indication of what the front wheels are doing. And, while the RS7’s massive tires provide incredible grip in turns and its Quattro drive system provides loads of surefooted traction on the way out, it’s devastatingly effective rather than effervescent. Both the Taycan and Panamera have significantly better degrees of handling agility and are hence more enjoyable to drive.


The Audi RS7, like the ordinary A7 Sportback, comes standard with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which replaces traditional analog instruments with a 12.3-inch screen. Its visuals are tailored to the Audi RS7, and it can display a wide range of data, from peak g-force values to a full-screen navigation map. In fact, there’s so much information right below your line of sight that the optional head-up display (standard on Vorsprung trim) seems almost useless.

The infotainment displays are located in the center of the dashboard. The upper one is 10.1in and has radio, navigation, and smartphone connectivity (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard). Below that, there are another 8.6 touchscreens dedicated to temperature settings and convenience functions.

The menus are a little confusing, and it takes some time to figure out where everything is, but it typically responds promptly to inputs. Both screens give haptic feedback to signal when you’ve touched an icon, but you still have to look away from the road to hit them in the first place, which is our main complaint; BMW’s iDrive system is considerably easier to use while driving, due to its physical rotary control and shortcut buttons. Better still, wireless phone charging is standard across the board.

The pedals of the Audi RS7 are offset to the right, and the transmission tunnel encroaches into the footwell and butts up to your left leg, but the driving posture is otherwise comfortable. The RS sports seats are extremely supportive and include complete electric adjustment (with memory recall and lumbar adjustment), as well as a motorized steering column on all versions.

Because the front pillars are smaller than those on the Porsche Taycan, visibility ahead is about as excellent as it gets. The view over your shoulders is rather limited due to the coupé’s short side and back windows, but all-around parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard. You also get super-bright adaptive Matrix LED headlights that you can leave on the main beam while allowing the headlights to vary the pattern of their light output to avoid blinding other drivers.

Don’t believe for a second that the RS7 isn’t luxurious on the interior. The materials are of good quality, and everything seems well-made. However, it is still an A7 in terms of architecture, whereas the Taycan and Panamera are customized models that seem a little more unique and are at least as nicely put together.

Passenger and cargo space:

The Audi RS7’s front seats provide enough legroom for six-footers, and headroom is adequate unless you’re really tall. The inside is also rather spacious, with lots of storage space.

Most people will have no trouble getting out of the back seats, and the Audi RS7 has more than enough head and leg room for two tall adults. Only the Porsche Panamera comes close in terms of backspace, with the Porsche Taycan and BMW M8 Gran Coupé feeling more cramped. You won’t be able to fit three people in the rear unless they’re all children.

What about the boot on the Audi RS7? Well, there’s a wide-opening tailgate that’s motorized as standard, making it easy to load even the most cumbersome stuff, such as your golf equipment. It could accommodate up to eight carry-on luggage in our tests, which is one more than a Mercedes-AMG GT 4dr and two more than a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo (the estate version, by the way).

If you desire even more space, the standard 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats will come in help, letting you accommodate any longer cargo.

Costs and decision:

As a cash buyer, the Audi RS7 undercuts the Mercedes-AMG GT 4dr, as well as the more powerful Porsche Panamera and Taycan. However, there are less expensive versions of the latter two available. However, it will not retain such a large percentage of its list price after three years as the Taycan.

The Audi RS7’s fuel usage, like that of other fast petrol vehicles, isn’t for the faint of heart, and neither will your benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax payments if you’re a corporate car driver. Again, those are the places where an electric vehicle, such as the Taycan, would save you a lot of money.

One thing you can’t complain about is the amount of stuff included with the Audi RS7. The entry-level RS7 boasts 21 alloy wheels, metallic paint, privacy glass, heated and ventilated front seats, four-zone temperature control, cruise control, and power-folding side mirrors, in addition to the previously mentioned Matrix LED headlamps and multimedia amenities. We believe that model is the best of the bunch since the Carbon Black trim adds just cosmetic tweaks and larger wheels, whilst the Vorsprung trim adds nearly every option Audi can produce but is prohibitively pricey.

Automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and, on Vorsprung grade, optional features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, which alerts you to concealed traffic in your path when backing out of a parking place, for example. EuroNCAP crash evaluated the Audi A7, on which the Audi RS7 is based, and it performed admirably overall. Some difficulties were raised, such as the possibility of adult chest injuries in a side crash and the possibility of whiplash injuries for children in the back.

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