2021 Audi RS7 Review
2021 Audi RS7 Review– Audi RS7 is the sibling of the RS6 Avant. The Audi Sport team has turned away from the traditional saloon (apart from the dinky RS3), offering a five-door Sportback coupe model as an alternative to the more conventional estate, coupe and roadster.
The RS7 mk1 is definitely not the best of all time, so Audi immediately returned to the drawing board, and convinced the company’s financial guards to dig deep so it could swap out most of the body panels to give it more space. , looks bigger than the regular A7. The 40mm width was increased and the changes were so successful, the designers said, they didn’t need to add a fixed spoiler or fake vents and grilles that bother even some of their own cars.
It now has five seats instead of four – “essential for competing with classic sedans,” says Audi – and you can even use this RS7 mk2 to pull stuff.
That’s not the reason most people buy RS, of course, but don’t worry. Under the skin there are also major changes. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 produces the same 592bhp power as the previous RS7’s performance, but more torque as well as a new lightweight hybrid system that saves fuel consumption by allowing the engine to glide over short distances, and stop / start to kick from speeds as high as 13mph. The V8 can also switch to V4 under light throttle loads.
Performance doesn’t suffer, though, with a 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds and an optional top speed of 190mph definitely more than enough for a two-tonne car. Needless to say, this car is very fast. The engine drives all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with 85 percent of the power delivered to the rear axle, though not thanks to the less mature ‘drift mode’ you’ll find on the BMW M5 and BMW M5. A rival to the Mercedes-AMG E63.
The car brain puts power where it is best used, with the British model getting the standard Sport Differential at the rear and four-wheel steering. It is increasingly becoming the norm in German fast goods – to effectively shrink large performance cars to small ones in the corner – Audi engineers say the latter is massively derived from understeer. Understand being the traditional enemy of the big Audi RS sedan, of course. Are they successful?
2021 Audi RS7 Drive
Good news: it’s a lot more interesting to drive than the previous RS7, and in the notoriously inconsistent family tree, this is one of the good ‘uns’. Four-wheel steering and the Differential Sport system – standard on British cars – provide agility as opposed to a colossal 2,065kg curb weight. Great job, really, considering it weighs 200kg more than its rival Mercedes E63. Jeez.
Sure, it still feels its weight under the harsh braking, and its barely two meters wide would have been conducive to an explosion on British B-roads. But it’s still an RS sedan with a deft touch we haven’t seen since the stunning B7 RS4 in the late 2000s.
The steering feels natural and with the moderate commitment you can feel the car moving beneath you. Nothing scary, just the feeling there is more to this four-wheel-drive system than a limpet grip. Indeed, return the strength earlier around the corner and this thing will even slide. Though in a tidier and unsightly way compared to an AMG or M Division car. Well, of course those are the observations of ridiculous car journalists with little real-world relevance, but it shows there is a sense of humor in this car and – most importantly – that fans have a big influence on how to handle it.
This is a car that has more than just a performance figure and a stocky look – not always given to RS. It’ll stay safe in bad weather, too, with an outrageous degree of grip if you don’t loosen up your ESP (like most normal humans). Granted, leave the myriad of car systems at their gentlest setting and it will still have the Autobahn storming like any other, making 140mph feel as calm as 70, which bodes well how cossetting it will be on limited and confined British highways.
There are several main options to consider. Air Suspension is fitted as standard, with unshakable comfort in the gentlest of modes, and no shock in the sport’s most stylish. For all-weather, everyday use is a no-brainer. But if you really want to drive this car with power then the optional sports suspension is probably a better choice, giving the RS7 a sharper response, but no doubt extra fuss on bumpy roads.
On the worst roads in the UK, this may prove to be a bit overwhelming, but it’s something we can look back on when cars launched on our shores in early 2020. Another option uses carbon-ceramic brakes – useful for cars this big – and those that ride on top the speed to 190mph (that’s 155mph if you don’t tick the box). You can’t define the two separately, so if you want bragging rights of a higher Vmax, you’re likely spending around £ 8000 to get one.
While the usual mode options remain, anyone inclined to a passionate ride will quickly compile a mix of their favorite settings into one of the RS buttons on the steering wheel. Inspired by M Division, they made their first appearance with Audi here. Called the RS1 and RS2, if you’re anything like us you’ll make the buttons of your choice purely for the quick retro Audi cool points. Adjust the steering and suspension to your liking, but keep the engine sound in their center mode and you’ll have plenty of V8 thundering sound without the overly dramatized added sound of the underlying.
And all that efficiency thing? Everything works way below the surface and demands no adjustment from the driver. You’ll just forget about the claims of the lightweight hybrid, while still reaping the benefits of slightly shaving off the mpg figures. It whispered throughout the city, too, using its electric magic to make a sedan sound almost 600bhp like a limousine. A proper all-rounder, then – like the previous RS7 – only with genuine petrolhead compliments this time around.
A welcome development for those awaiting the RS6 Avant sibling as well. The RS6 has always been a bit of a blunt instrument, but it has been dropped because the fast estate is a pretty cool device whether they set lap records or not. However, if the latest version were to drive like this RS7, it would feel like an improvement over its predecessor.
2021 Audi RS7 Engine
Power comes from a V-8 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine mated to a 48-volt hybrid system, eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The RS7 delivers 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which in our tests catapulted the four-door wheel from zero to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. Additionally, Audi says it can reach a top speed of nearly 190 mph when equipped with the most dynamic package. The RS7 has standard air suspension with adaptive settings for varying ride quality. Standard 21-inch wheels can be swapped for 22-inch wheels, but larger wheels will likely reduce comfort on the road. Other standout options include rear-wheel steering and ceramic brakes for increased agility and increased braking power.
2021 Audi RS7 0-60
The Audi RS 7 is on the way and will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. A run from 0 to 60 mph takes only 3.5 seconds and the top speed comes at an electronically limited 155 mph. Top speed can be lifted up to 190 mph with the carbon-ceramic brake package.
2021 Audi RS7 Interior
The big change is the addition of a fifth seat. At the rear, there is a separate seat that can accommodate extra passengers or provide extra flexibility in how you divide the luggage space. Stop yawning at the back: this is a sports sedan rival, so offering versatility is key. Especially with all sizes and masses that can be justified.
Upfront, however, is where the excitement happens, with all the screens you’d expect from a 21st century performance car. In front of you, a fully digital dialing setup, a technology that Audi helped pioneer – with its Virtual Cockpit – and which naturally develops faster than most of its competitors as a result.
While 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 sturdy build quality and high-end materials were immediately recognizable. Even so, the RS7 cabin is decorated with a special trim logo and other unique accents. The standard front sport seats have nice leather seats but can be recoiled with upgraded leather and ventilated cushions. The rear seats can accommodate two or three people, depending on the seat configuration chosen, and the cargo area offers 19 cubic feet of space with the rear seats used and 49 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
The big news is the RS custom display with a boomerang-shaped rev counter that almost reminds us of the inventive look of 70s muscle cars. That’s an ace. Shining in front of you is one of the sharpest head-up displays on the market, with incredibly detailed navigation instructions if you so desire.
In the center of the dashboard are two screens that are both tilted slightly towards the driver, something passengers will be sure to notice if they try to override your music choices. Audi’s latest ‘MMI’ system fonts and looks are great, and it’s a very easy system to operate. Less successful are the screens underneath for climate control. As we’ve found across all of today’s major Audis generations – not to mention every competitor with a similar setup – it’s a lot less intuitive (and safe) than a real physical button when you want to change the temperature on the go.
To end on an encouraging note, the ‘RS sports seat’ rotates in a fantastic way, as is the Alcantara bandage on the steering wheel. Hooray: they’ve put it at nine and three rather than dumb at 12 and six like some of the rivals, although you can have a completely fake wheel if you want too.
2021 Audi RS7 Infotainment and Connectivity
Each RS7 is equipped with a sleek infotainment system that operates via two touchscreens that blend seamlessly into the flowing top dash and center console. While Audi has yet to release a complete list of standard and optional features, we believe the RS will have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a mobile hotspot like those found on other 2021 models.
2021 Audi RS7 Operational costs and reliability
Want proof that this is the 365 days a year car that Audi claims? You can now tow trailers with it. The redesigned air suspension has provided room for the crane shaft, which may be fun for the six of you to read.
For all of its mild hybrid claims, this is not the car you would get from guilt-calming emission-free driving. Equally, this is one you won’t have to worry about using. Fuel savings and CO2 figures haven’t been revealed yet, remember, although we do know UK prices start at a slightly staggering £ 97,000. If anyone leaves the showroom for less than six figures, we’d be surprised.
The RS6 and RS7 are the only Audi Sport models outside the R8 range to offer a showroom matt finish, and there are five matt options among 13 color options. Plus, your big choice is whether you want a sports suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes. Only you know how hard you will drive it; We suspect those of you who stick to the road and drive a lot of cars with your family on will survive without both.
It’s definitely worth seeing if you can test a car with air and sport suspension consecutively if you are the sharper driver, just to make sure the latter is tolerable on the road you live in.
2021 Audi RS7 Fuel Economy & MPG
The EPA estimates the 2021 RS7 will get 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. We ran it on the 75 mph highway fuel-efficient route, which was part of our extensive testing regimen, and it returned 23 mpg in the real world.
2021 Audi RS7 Cost
Audi makes this easy as there is only one RS7 to choose from and it is very well equipped with things like all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, and an adjustable air suspension system. For maximum insanity, consider the Black Optics package which adds a darkened exterior trim and gigantic 22-inch wheels.
Audi brought back the RS7, the high-performance A7 variant, and finally announced how much the luxury and sleek hatchback cost. The RS7 2021 will land at dealerships this fall for an asking price of $ 114,995.
The sexy Sportback – Audi’s term for a fastback sedan with a hatch instead of a trunk lid – packs a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That’s great, plus those numbers give the new RS7 a 40-hp, 74 lb-ft edge over the previous RS7. Progress! Audi is also now more powerful than the Porsche Panamera Turbo, which produces 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque, and massively cuts the price of $ 154,350.
New 2021 Audi RS7 Sportback
After a brief respite from the US market, the fiery Audi RS7 Sportback returns for 2021 in battle form. Delivering a large dose of speed and smoothness, the cool performance of the new car sacrifices the driver’s comfort a little. But that’s not the only practical hot-rod hatchback Audi has to offer today, and that’s where the RS7’s biggest problem lies.
2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Horsepower
The new RS7 is once again motivated by the Volkswagen Group’s esteemed – and versatile – twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 which can also be found under the hood of various Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche models. If those figures sound familiar, it’s because they are the same as the Audi RS6 Avant station wagon, which is mechanically identical to the RS7 but offers more cargo space – 30 cubic feet compared to the RS7 25. We also think the RS6 with a longer roof looks a lot more. good, but we are very interested in carriages. Compared to the previous RS7, this 4.0-liter engine uses a turbo equipped with larger compressor wheels. Thanks in large part to the 2.9-pound added boost of the previous standard model, the RS7’s horsepower and torque ratings are swollen by 30 and 77 respectively. Like the RS6, the RS7 features a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive, or the Quattro if You are interested in trade names.
On paper, the latest RS7 is not as cool as its predecessor’s hottest variant, the RS7 Performance 605 hp. However, even though the new car weighs an additional 460 pounds, it can catapult 4947 pounds to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds, which is a tenth of a second faster than before. Stay on the throttle and it clocks in at a similar 11.3 seconds and a quarter-mile but with a slower 3-mph (122 mph) trap speed, which shows its extra magnitude. The Porkiness RS7 2021 was also featured in the 30-to-50- and 50-to-70-mph upper gear acceleration tests, where it followed the RS7 Performance of 0.4 and 0.5 seconds, respectively. Well, pokiness or a less aggressive transmission map. By comparison, the RS6 Avant hit 60 in 3.1 seconds and covered a quarter mile in 11.5 seconds at 120 mph.
2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Specs
Making the most of the RS7’s acceleration possible on the road is easy, thanks to a neat trick we discovered with the car’s advanced electronics. When equipped with the Audi Intersection assistance feature (part of the $ 2250 Driver Assistance package), the RS7 communicates with V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) compatible junctions. Enable this at the traffic light and the countdown timer flashes on the standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, indicating when the light will turn green. Press one of the RS Mode buttons on the RS7 steering wheel to call up the launch controls and adjustable drive mode of the car, stand on the brakes and accelerator, then release the brakes for maximum thrust shot.
RS7 is more than just a traffic light racer. With wide shoulders that are 1.7 inches wider than the lower S7, plus a dark back and exterior trim, this Audi looks a lot more meaningful. But it also caught the eye, which became a problem when the three-digit speed could be summoned almost with a thought. It also carries an impressive unhelpful level of refinement. We imagine much of the weight gain comes from a material that’s much more muted, as our test car’s quiet, quiet cabin reduces full throttle noise from the $ 1000 Sport exhaust to a distant, 79-decibel bark. Ride comfort on optional 22-inch wheels with summer tires Pirelli P Zero PZ4 series 30 is excellent, standard air springs ignore even the worst roads in Michigan that are not well maintained.
Despite carrying 56.1 percent of its mass on the front wheels, the RS7 feels perfectly balanced. When pushed hard into corners, standard rear-wheel steering helps the driver maintain a smooth and tight line by turning the rear. Its ability to change direction is supported by a torque vector rear differential, which assists the yaw by dividing the rear axle torque unequally. In Dynamic mode, the RS7 drops 0.4 inches and circles the skidpad with 0.95 g solid lateral adhesion. When it’s time to slow down, the 16.5-inch iron front rotors clamped by 10-piston calipers easily take away the momentum of the car. Stop at 70 mph, subtract 151 feet. Even though our car doesn’t feature it,
2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Exterior
Audi usually likes to play it safe with standard models like the 2019 A7 Sportback but sportier versions like the S7 and RS7 increase aggression. Featuring a car in bold red paint in Frankfurt certainly helps, but the wider stance, wider wheel arches, bigger air vents, and hood shovel really help make the RS7 look like a meaner vehicle. As in the previous generation RS7, the roof curves downward to create a coupe-style profile while providing decent trunk space.
The RS7 Sportback is slightly softer than its wagon sibling without silver accents on the bumper but still looks more aggressive than the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63. Audi has finally given up its image as a “wise German choice” and has now added some spice to its RS car.
2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Price
The performance and presence of the Audi RS7 is intoxicating enough that we almost forgot that the RS6 Avant exists. But a quick glance at the base RS7 price of $ 115,045 puts both cars in perspective. Priced at $ 5,000 less, the Audi RS wagon posts nearly identical performance results has seats for five versus the RS7 four and is wider at the rear. For those interested in the RS7’s slimmer profile, this is an excellent machine. But we know where our money is going.
2021 Audi RS7 Conclusion
Praising the nearly 600bhp five-seat saloon sports car as top quality shouldn’t feel newsworthy, but with a car with the RS badge, success isn’t always a given. Luckily Audi Sport seems to have worked this one out, giving the new RS7 Sportback all the comfort and high speed a car like this needs, but not at the expense of fun and engagement that people like us want.
Full judgment is coming when we get it on British roads – to check it right – and around many of its rivals, with a BMW M5 and two different four-door Mercedes-AMGs to prove itself. Not to mention the ever-competent Porsche Panamera. But if you like the look of RS7, the good news is that there’s a lot of substance to go with the style