Review: Audi RS7 (2014 – 2018)
Extremely fast but not ferocious RS rendition of A7 with 560PS and 700Nm torque.
£83,495 price tag is just the start. Jaguar XFR-S is cheaper and comes with more kit. Potential problems with air suspension and twin turbos (see S7).
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Audi RS7 (2014 – 2018): At A Glance
Combining supercar performance with the comforts and practicalities of a five-door coupe, the Audi RS7 is the latest addition to the manufacturer’s ‘RennSport’ division. From the outside, the RS7 is stunning to the eye, with a wonderfully sculptured body, which features free flowing lines that swoop from the bonnet to the boot.
Peek underneath the car’s huge curved bonnet and you’ll discover a potent V8 powerplant with 560PS at its disposal. The engine is actually the same 4.0-litre unit as found in the RS6 and boasts a colossal 700Nm of torque and a top speed of 174mph. In its RS7 guise, the V8 is electronically tapped at 155mph, but it’ll still cover 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds.
Audi’s celebrated four-wheel quattro drivetrain is included as standard, along with a mechanical differential that sends 40 per cent of the engine’s power to the front and 60 per cent to the rear. The engine is coupled to a silky smooth eight-speed tiptronic gearbox, which can be operated in two modes - D and S - with the later offering the most performance. There are also gear shift paddles on the steering wheel to increase the driver’s interaction.
Like most of cars in the RS stable, the RS7 is refined, comfortable and capable of reaching blistering speeds. Audi’s cylinder‐on‐demand system is included as standard, which effectively makes the V8 act like a four‐cylinder unit when travelling at low speeds, thus saving fuel and improving economy. However, thump the throttle and the V8 will bark into life and transforms into a supercar. It’s incredibly composed on the road and offers superb handling. The RS7 is also incredibly forgiving and will let relative novices feel like they’re the next Sebastian Vettel.
As with all Audis, there are a number of options available to boost the RS7, including carbon fibre‐ceramic brake discs and a dynamic package that will raise its top speed to 189mph. Buyers can also specify ride control adjustment, allowing the driver to select comfort or racing modes, along with changes to the steering and belt tensioners.
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Audi RS7 (2014 – 2018): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 535–1390 litres
Climb inside and you’ll be greeted with a classy, leather clad cabin that is comfortable and refined. The interior has lots of nice touches, with the pedals and buttons finished in brushed aluminium. The dashboard is well made too and wraps around the driver, but never feels intrusive. It took us just five minutes to become acclimatised to the controls and we were really impressed with the car's head up display – which shows the car’s speed and the local speed limit on the windscreen.
Audi’s multimedia system is excellent and features a large colour TFT display that pops up when you power up the car. The display makes it a doddle to adjust the handling, light settings or audio set up; it also acts as the car’s sat nav and the DAB listings. The majority of the buttons to use the in-car systems are located on the centre console, between the driver and passenger seat, which gives the rest of the cabin a clean and uncluttered appearance.
The driving position is good and presents a clear view of the road and all four corners of the car. The seats are supremely comfortable and embrace you like a long lost friend; however, they are fully adjustable via electronic controls and the settings include a memory function. The driver and front passenger get plenty of head and leg room, while the rear seats are large enough accommodate two large adults. In the boot there’s 535-litres of space and this can be increased to 1390-litres by pushing down the rear seats.
As you’d expect from Audi, the cabin quality is first rate, with everything feeling well made and strongly bolted together. The interior leathers are some of the best we’ve seen in a car of this type and the even the gear lever features perforated hide. The leather‐wrapped, flat‐bottomed multifunction sport steering wheel is also well weighted and comfortable to use, with lots of well laid out controls to adjust everything from the stereo to the car's ride.
The RS 7 features 20-inch wheels as standard, along with cylinder-on-demand technology, Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive, sports differentia, air suspension, power steering, full leather upholstery, electric seats with memory function, cruise control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic air conditioning, colour driver’s information system with seven inch screen and DAB radio.
RS7 comes with 20-inch alloy wheels with 275/35 R20 tyres, Audi drive select with three modes plus individual mode, Audi Music Interface and DAB radio, all LED headlights with high beam assist, variable headlight range control featuring a camera on the interior mirror, BOSE surround sound system, choice of 10 exterior colours including exclusive Daytona Grey matt, cruise control, darkened LED lights, deluxe 4-zone automatic air conditioning, driver information system with 7-inch colour display, dual branch exhaust system with two oval RS tailpipes, electrically adjustable heated front RS Super Sports seats with drivers side memory functions, electrically adjustable steering column, electromechanical power steering, flat bottomed 3-spoke ‘RS’ multi function sports steering wheel with aluminium finish shift paddles, gearshift light feature in the RS menu of the DIS, head up display, high performance brake system with 390mm wave brake discs front and rear plus 6 piston front callipers, Matt aluminium styling package including air intake duct with Quattro logo, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch and 8-inch TFT colour display, parking system plus with visual and acoustic prompts, power operated tailgate (open and close), quattro system with Sports differential, RS specific tuned Adaptive air suspension with electronic damper control on all four wheels, RS specific engine bay cover, stitched honeycomb quilted design Valcona leather upholstery with embossed RS logo, alcantara and leather seats (no cost option), slide and tilt glazed sunroof, tyre pressure monitoring system, ESP, retractable rear spoiler, start-stop system, Audi Drive Select, Bluetooth hands free interface, heated front seats, electric driver and passenger memory seats, electric adjusting, folding and heated door mirrors with memory function that automatically dim both sides, cruise control, front centre armrest, inlays in brushed aluminium silver, black cloth headlining and a perforated leather gear knob.
Dynamic package adds carbo ceramic 420mm brakes, dynamic steering, quattro with sport differential, RC sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control, top speed electronically governed to 189.52mph, LED headlights, automatically dimming interior mirror, assistance system of head up display, night vision assistant with highlighting of detached pedestrians, camera based speed limit display, parking system plus and a reversing camera.
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What's the Audi RS7 (2014 – 2018) like to drive?
- Engines range from 4.0 TFSI quattro to 4.0 TFSI quattro Performance
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 24–33 mpg
The RS7 drives in a very controlled manner. Basically, you set off behind what is basically a V4 (with four of the twin-turbo V8 cylinders shut off). And it changes up through its 8-speed ZF torque converter autobox very quickly. So, unless you stamp on the accelerator pedal, you’re unaware of the car’s potential. This is how it managed 29mpg in the EC combined cycle.
If you want to have some fun you can either select ‘Dynamic’ in the car’s MMI menu, which sharpens up the steering, handling and throttle response. Or you can personalise how you want the car to behave, opting for ‘comfort’ suspension and ‘Dynamic’ steering, for example. Though it makes some wonderfully sonorous noises, it doesn’t actually bark, crackle and pop like an AMG Mercedes or a Jaguar F Type. It’s not in the least ferocious.
But it’s still a very wide car, so you need to be careful not to kerb those expensive 21-inch wheels and tyres while overtaking and this, rather than the power, can limit overtaking opportunities. And with those twin turbos nestling in the vee of the eight, the engine can get very hot indeed.
However, avoid the Dynamic Ride Control package: it replaces the air suspension with steel springs and makes the ride as hard as a Mike Tyson punch to the face. Instead, keep with the standard air suspension, it’s far superior and won’t rattle your bones into dust.
|4.0 TFSI quattro||29–30 mpg||3.9 s||221–229 g/km|
|4.0 TFSI quattro Performance||30 mpg||3.7 s||221 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Audi RS7 (2014 – 2018)
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