2021 Audi RS7 evaluation: What’s to not like?

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If for some cause you simply cannot bounce on the RS6 Avant bandwagon (pun completely supposed), Audi has an alternative choice for you: the RS7. With its glossy appears, sharp dealing with and class-leading cabin tech, the Audi RS7 is among the finest all-around luxury-performance automobiles you should buy in the present day.

LikeTremendous V8 powerSharp dealing with thanks to straightforward efficiency hardwareBest-in-class multimedia tech

Do not LikeNot as practical because the less-expensive RS6 Avant17 mpg mixed — yikes!Driver-assistance tech is not customary

The RS7 definitely appears the enterprise, all angular and imply, with broad shoulders and huge hips and that classically stunning Sportback silhouette. I will admit I nonetheless discover the taillights of the present A7/S7/RS7 fashions to be slightly frumpy, however that is a small nit to select on an in any other case flawless design. Contemplating the final RS7 was slightly too sedate-looking for its personal good, it is good to see Audi flexing a little bit of design muscle with this newest RS hatch.

However, I am equally glad Audi’s designers exercised loads of restraint when penning the RS7’s cabin. What might’ve been a multitude of pointless angles and overstyled surfaces is as a substitute fairly elegant. The inside is not actually all that completely different from what you get in the remainder of the A6 and A7 vary, however I am not mad about it. The general aesthetic is clear and trendy, with tasteful accent stitching on the RS-specific seats and no superfluous buttons — simply flat, clear surfaces and screens, screens, screens.

Audi presently leads the cost on luxury-car cabin tech and it is easy to see why. The corporate’s MMI Contact Response infotainment system is straightforward to function, with colourful tiles for probably the most continuously used options, snappy response occasions and a comparatively intuitive menu construction. The 10.1-inch display in the midst of the sprint homes the primary multimedia interface, and there is a secondary, 8.6-inch show beneath. That barely smaller display is the place you will discover local weather management features and on-off switches for the stop-start system and numerous driver-assistance options. The underside show additionally features as a handwriting pill for simple vacation spot search or tackle entry. Open a nav search, write “tacos” and growth, you are off to lunch.

The MMI interface is severely sturdy, however you do not even want it more often than not. That is as a result of the RS7 comes customary with Audi’s Digital Cockpit digital gauge cluster, housed on a 12.3-inch display head of the steering wheel. This primary tech could be a number of years outdated, however Digital Cockpit remains to be the bomb, with Google Earth navigation overlays and easy controls for issues like cellphone, audio and car information through steering-wheel toggles.

Cozy and techy.

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Weirdly, whereas the RS7 comes with Audi’s finest multimedia tech choices, all the good driver-assistance wizardry prices additional. Sure, a 360-degree digicam, parking sensors and ahead collision warning are customary, however full-speed adaptive cruise management, lane-keeping help, visitors signal recognition and rear cross-traffic alert are all locked behind the $2,250 Driver Help Package deal. Why these items would not come customary on a six-figure luxurious automotive is past me, however it’s additionally not unusual, so no matter.

Then once more, it isn’t such as you’re shopping for an RS7 to let the computer systems take over each time you get behind the wheel. This factor completely rips, and you would be doing your self a disservice to not drive the pants off it each probability you get.

The enjoyable begins with Audi’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 — the identical one you will discover in a bunch of different automobiles, together with the RS6 Avant. This engine sends 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque to all 4 wheels by Audi’s glorious Quattro all-wheel-drive system, leading to a 0-to-60-mph time of simply 3.5 seconds. That is rattling fast.

Shockingly, these big, 22-inch wheels do not spoil the journey.

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Fortunately, each RS7 will get Audi’s full roster of efficiency {hardware}, together with an adaptive air suspension, digital rear differential and four-wheel steering. The final two bits are significantly essential, giving this all-wheel-drive automotive a little bit of rear-wheel-drive shove by corners, the rear-axle steering nearly shortening the wheelbase whilst you slink by tight bends. The RS7 is an extremely agile factor, with properly weighted and communicative steering and strong energy from the usual metal brakes. You may pay $8,500 so as to add ceramic brakes with grey calipers, which provide a world of stopping energy, however I do not suppose you will want this improve in day-to-day use. In the event you’re monitoring your RS7 or continuously hitting triple-digit speeds, then certain, stay it up. For the remainder of you, simply keep on with the metal stoppers.

No matter which brakes you select, they’re nestled behind completely huge wheels. The RS7’s customary setup wraps 21-inch wheels in 275/35 tires, however this tester has the optionally available 22-inch package deal with lower-profile 285/30 rubber. Audi says the 21s are the smallest-diameter wheels that can clear the RS7’s big brakes, and the 22s simply appear like overkill by comparability. Fortunately, the air suspension is tuned to filter out a number of the harshness you may in any other case count on from such an aggressive wheel-and-tire package deal. Whether or not you are rolling within the RS7’s Consolation or Dynamic modes, the journey high quality I noticed on Southern California roads is nice — clean and supple on the freeway however good and taut throughout sporty driving. I am struggling to think about one other automotive that is as properly sorted whereas driving on monumental wheels — other than the RS6 Avant, anyway.

I might personally slightly have the wagon, however hey, you do you.

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In truth, the RS7 is all-around nicer to drive and stay with than its closest opponents, the BMW M8 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-AMG GT63. The Audi is solely higher balanced and has sharper in-car tech, and this automotive’s Sportback form means it is extra capacious, with 24.7 cubic ft of house behind the rear seats and an entire lot extra should you fold them flat. The one factor that comes shut is Audi’s personal RS6 Avant or a run-of-the-mill crossover. Why purchase a crossover when you would get this?

Actually, the RS7’s closest competitor is the aforementioned RS6. The RS7 is a little more costly, at $115,045 to begin (together with $1,045 for vacation spot) in comparison with the RS6’s $110,045. I personally cannot think about selecting the Sportback over the extra interesting-looking and extra practical Avant, however not everybody shares my opinion. 

Irrespective of the roofline, Audi’s newest RS is a winner.

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