Can luxury sedans accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds? If that’s 2018 Audi RS7, the answer is yes. And that’s just the base version. The trim performance level packs 605 horsepower, should be even faster.
Beyond its speed, the 2018 Audi RS7 offers the same virtue as its brothers A7. It’s gorgeous, with a hatchback body style offering more cargo area than an regular sedan. The cabin is also luxurious despite not having the latest Audi interface technology. In essence, the 2018 Audi RS7 is one of the most desirable cars that you can buy. If you have money and desire, it will not disappoint.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Audi RS7 is a midsize high-performance four-door with a hatchback body style. It available in two trim levels base RS7 and Performance. Unlike the A7 sedan, which has a three-passenger rear seat, the RS 7 has two individual rear seats.
Standard features on the base RS7 include keyless ignition and entry, adaptive sport-tuned air suspension, summer tires, 21-inch wheels, a sport rear differential, variable-ratio sport steering, LED headlights, parking sensors, automatic wipers, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, blind-spot warning, a basic collision mitigation system, a power liftgate, a sunroof.
Inside, there a four-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, a power-adjustable sport steering wheel, heated driver seat memory, eight-way power front sport seats with four-way lumbar, and leather upholstery, a corner-view camera system, a rearview camera, Audi Connect services, a navigation system, Audi MMI electronics interface with 8-inch display, touchpad and knob controller, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, voice controls, two USB ports and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.
The Black Optic package adds high-gloss exterior trim and a front spoiler and carbon fiber rear diffuser.
The 2018 Audi RS7 Performance gets gloss-black grille surround, 21-inch cast-aluminum wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes, a different bumper design, Dynamic Ride Control, carbon-fiber mirror housings and black tailpipes. An Sport Titanium exhaust is an exclusive option to the Performance.
Optional on both trim is the Driver Assistance package, which adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist and a forward collision warning with automatic braking system. The Cold Weather package adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Comfort Seating package adds bolstered front and rear seats, front-seat ventilation and message functionality, passenger memory settings and leather upholstery. Other options include a black faux suede headliner, night vision assist, rear side airbags and a Bang & Olufsen sound system upgrade.
The 2018 Audi RS7 is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. On the RS7 Performance model, the output increases to 605 hp and overboost function provides a temporary torque peak of 553 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard along with self-locking center differential and a sport rear differential.
In performance testing, an RS7 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in quick 3.4 seconds, which is quicker than a Chevrolet Corvette. EPA fuel economy rating of 19 mpg combined (16 mpg city/27 mpg highway), remarkably frugal numbers for high performance car.
The 2018 Audi RS7 interior brings a pleasing design, excellent materials and solid construction. More sporty feel is felt with aluminum pedal fiber, RS-specific carbon, many other RS-themed and LED lighting. Audi Multi Media Interface System (MMI) controls communication, entertainment and navigation functions via pop-up screen mounted on the dashboard and controls surrounded by buttons on the center console. The system offers sharp graphics, logical menus and touchpad to enhance functionality, as well as 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi for online activities.
Whether you’re using a standard sport seat or choosing a Comfort Seating package with massage contours seat, you’ll enjoy the best support during long trips or spirited runs. Unfortunately, the 2018 Audi RS7 aggressive roof line takes the rear seat headroom and makes it tight even for adults with average height. After all, the leg room is abundant, and there is something to be said for the individual comfort of the rear bucket seats.
The RS7 hatchback design makes it easier to load larger items that do not fit the regular sedan trunk. The cargo space itself is also generous, with 24.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats. You can also fold the backseat to open a bigger space.
Release Date and Price
Audi dealers are taking orders for the 2018 RS7 now, but there is no official word on when they will arrive. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a base RS7 starts at $113,900