Where speed and convenience are needed, the 2024 Audi RS7 Sportback delivers. Power comes from a 591-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. It’s a fresh pup, and the new Performance trim adds even louder barks, with 621 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Even when the RS7’s gaping stomach isn’t swallowing bugs at high speeds, it functions as an easy-to-drive and comfortable luxury performance sedan, somewhere between the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and the BMW M5. Faulting on the comfort front, the RS7 hits the road with smoothness rather than furious rage. Its rear axle steering makes it feel lighter to drive than its hefty weight would suggest, but if the hammer is thrown, the 190 mph top speed (unlocked with performance options) won’t disappoint.
What’s New for 2024?
Audi is stepping up performance with the 2024 RS7, specifically with the new Performance trim. Thanks to a pair of larger turbos and added boost, engine output rises to 621 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers represent improvements of 30 and 37 respectively, over the regular RS7. Audi also lightened the RS7 by 18 pounds by removing some of its deadening sound. There are also new 22-inch wheels wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 7 tires, and Audi has retuned the RS7 center differential as well as 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 this easy as the RS7 comes with excellent standard equipment such as all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and adjustable air suspension. For maximum craziness, consider the Black Optics package which adds dark exterior trim and giant 22-inch wheels with summer performance tires. To unlock the V-8’s best soundtrack, we also opted for a sports exhaust.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Power comes from a brilliant twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine paired to a 48-volt hybrid system, eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. All of this technology makes the RS7 heavier than the previous 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 thrust, 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 varying degrees of stiffness. Still, it felt smooth regardless of drive mode, even rolling on our tester’s 22-inch rim (21 standard). Cornering into corners is also beneficial thanks to the quiet chassis and added agility from the standard rear-wheel steering system. Extremely fast and extremely comfortable is an accurate description of his driving personality. Despite not opting for carbon-ceramic brakes, which allowed top speed to be increased from 155 to 190 mph, the standard stopper dragged our nearly 5,000-pound four-door down from 70 mph in an impressive 151 feet.
Real World Fuel and MPG Savings
The powerful, though thirsty, RS7 is rated at 15 mpg city and 22 mpg on the highway by the EPA. The agency has yet to certify the 621-hp RS7 Performance. We ran the 591-hp RS7 on our 75-mph fuel-efficient route, which was part of our extensive testing regimen, and returned 23 mpg in the real world. For more information on the RS7’s fuel economy, visit EPA website.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
While the RS model shares the same interior design and passenger space as the regular A7, it also has some exclusive details and interesting options. Of course, the rugged build quality and high-end materials are instantly recognizable. Even so, the RS7’s cabin is adorned with special trim logos and other unique accents. The standard front sports seats have nice leather upholstery but can be upholstered with upgraded leather and ventilated cushions. The rear seats accommodate two or three people, depending on the seat configuration selected, and the cargo area offers 19 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in use and 49 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every RS7 is equipped with a cool infotainment system that operates via two touchscreens that blend seamlessly into the top dashboard and flowing center console. Unfortunately, the climate control and other settings that must be manipulated via the bottom screen can take the driver’s eye off the road. To avoid this annoyance, Audi’s speech recognition software is useful. Along with a powerful navigation system that appears on the top screen, and which can be expanded across the fully digital meter cluster, the RS7 comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. The top option is the pricey Bang & Olufsen stereo which pumps 1820 watts through 19 speakers.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Apart from some basic driver assistance technology, Audi offers a more advanced set of tools as part of the Driver Assistance package. There is also a standalone option for night vision which provides great animal and pedestrian detection. For more information on the results of the RS7 crash test, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
- Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerts are available
- Adaptive cruise control is available
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Audi protects its products with a warranty package that is far from premium competitors because it does not have free maintenance, which is a rival like BMW and Jaguar included with every new model.
- The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- The powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No free scheduled maintenance
Audi RS7 Sportback 2021
front engine, all wheel drive, 4 passengers, 4 door hatchback
PRICE ACCORDING TO THE TEST
$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
8 speed automatic
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 16.5-in vented, cross-drilled disc/14.6-in vented, cross-bored disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, 285/30R-22 (101Y) AO
Wheelbase: 115.3 inches
Length: 197.2 inches
Width: 76.8 inches
Height: 56.1 inches
Passenger volume: 95 feet3
Cargo volume: 25 feet3
Curb weight: 4947 lb
CD TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.0 seconds
100 mph: 7.6 seconds
130 mph: 12.9 sec
Start rolling, 5–60 mph: 4.2 seconds
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec
1/4 mile: 11.3 seconds @ 122 mph
Top speed (limited governor): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 151 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 302 ft
Roadblock, 300 ft diameter skidpad: 0.95 g
The standing-start acceleration time eliminates a 1-foot launch from 0.3 seconds.
CD FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 14 mpg
Driving on the highway 75 mph: 23 mpg
Highway range: 440 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 17/15/22 mpg
CD TESTING EXPLAINED
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