Where speed and comfort are needed, the 2024 Audi RS7 Sportback delivers. Power comes from a 591-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. It’s a peppy puppy, and the new Performance trim adds a beefier bark, with 621 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Even when the RS7’s gaping jaws aren’t gobbling up bugs at high speeds, it serves as an easy-to-drive and comfortable luxury performance sedan, among the likes of the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and the BMW M5. Erring on the side of comfort, the RS7 attacks the road with subtlety rather than violent fury. Its rear-axle steering makes it feel lighter to drive than its massive curb weight, but should the hammer be thrown, the 190-mph top speed (locked with performance options) won’t disappoint.
What’s New for 2024?
Audi is kicking things off with the 2024 RS7, specifically with the new Performance trim. Thanks to a pair of larger turbos and additional boost, the engine’s output increases to 621 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Those figures represent an increase of 30 and 37, respectively, over the regular RS7. Audi also lightened the RS7 by 18 pounds with some killer noise. There are also new 22-inch wheels wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 7 tires, and Audi has retuned the RS7’s center differential as well as the programming for selectable drive modes. New matte colors also join the paint palette, including Ascari Blue and Dew Silver.
Price and Which One to Buy
Audi makes it easy as the RS7 comes very well equipped with standard goodies such as all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and adjustable air suspension. For maximum madness, consider the Black Optics package that adds dark exterior trim and giant 22-inch rims with summer performance tires. To unlock the V-8’s best soundtrack, we’d also opt for a sports exhaust.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Power comes from a brilliant twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 mated to a 48-volt hybrid system, eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. All this technology makes the RS7 heavier than the last generation model, which produced 605 horsepowerr. Still, with 591 horses and 590 pound-feet of torque, the RS7 we tested rocketed to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. The new RS7 Performance, which gets a bigger turbo and more boost, has 621 horsepower with 627 pound-feet of torque. However, we haven’t tested it yet. Every RS7 uses air suspension with adaptive settings for various levels of stiffness. However, it feels smooth regardless of drive mode, even rolling on our tester’s 22-inch rims (21s are standard). It’s also exhilarating to bend into corners thanks to a willing chassis and the added agility of its standard rear-wheel steering system. Crazy fast and comfortable are accurate descriptors of his driving personality. Even without opting for the carbon ceramic brakes, which allowed its top speed to be increased from 155 to 190 mph, the standard stopper dropped our nearly 5000-pound four-door from 70 mph in an impressive 151 feet.
Real World Fuel Economy and MPG
The powerful, albeit thirsty, RS7 is rated 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway by the EPA. The agency has yet to confirm the 621-hp RS7 Performance, though. We ran the 591-hp RS7 on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, and it returned 23 mpg in the real world. For more information on the RS7’s fuel economy, visit the EPA website.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Although the RS model shares the interior design and passenger space with the regular A7, it also has some exclusive details and interesting options. Of course, the solid build quality and premium materials are instantly recognisable. However, the RS7’s cabin is adorned with trim-specific logos and other unique accents. The standard front sport seats have nice leather upholstery but can be re-leathered with upgraded leather and ventilated cushions. Its rear seats can seat two or three people, depending on the seating configuration chosen, and its cargo area offers 19 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in place and 49 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every RS7 is equipped with an attractive infotainment system that operates via two touchscreens that merge seamlessly into the upper dashboard and flowing center console. Unfortunately, climate control and other settings that must be manipulated via the lower screen can distract the driver from the road. To avoid these distractions, Audi’s voice recognition software comes in handy. Along with a robust navigation system that appears on the top screen, and which can be expanded in a fully digital gauge cluster, the RS7 comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. The top pick is the expensive Bang & Olufsen stereo pumping 1820 watts through 19 speakers.
Safety Features and Driver Assistance
Apart from some basic driver assistance technologies, Audi offers a more sophisticated set of equipment as part of the Driver Assistance package. There is also a standalone option for night vision that provides detection of large animals and pedestrians. For more information on the RS7 crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
- Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available
- Adaptive cruise control is available
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Audi protects its products with a warranty plan that is less than its premium competitors because it does not have free maintenance, which rivals like BMW and Jaguar included with every new model.
- The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No free scheduled maintenance
2021 Audi RS7 Sportback
TYPE OF VEHICLE
front engine, all wheel drive, 4 passenger, 4 door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED
$125,140 (base price: $115,045)
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
244 in33996 cm3
591 hp @ 6250 rpm
590 lb-ft @ 2050 rpm
Suspension (F/R): multi-link/multi-link
Brakes (F/R): 16.5-in vent, cross-drilled disc/14.6-in vent, cross-drilled disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, 285/30R-22 (101Y) AO
Wheelbase: 115.3 in
Length: 197.2 in
Width: 76.8 inches
Height: 56.1 in
Total passengers: 95 feet3
Cargo volume: 25 feet3
Curb Weight: 4947 lb
C/D TEST RESULT
60 mph: 3.0 seconds
100 mph: 7.6 seconds
130 mph: 12.9 seconds
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.2 seconds
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 seconds
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 seconds
1/4 mile: 11.3 seconds @ 122 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 151 feet
Braking, 100–0 mph: 302 feet
Road grip, 300-foot skid pad: 0.95 g
The standing start acceleration time leaves a 1-foot launch of 0.3 seconds.
C/D OIL ECONOMY
Observed: 14 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 23 mpg
Highway range: 440 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 17/15/22 mpg
C/D TESTS EXPLAINED
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