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2015 Audi RS 7

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/16/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Audi RS 7 is now available with the Carbon package, which comes with a carbon-fiber splitter and diffuser. Another new option is the Dynamic package with dynamic steering, DRC suspension system, red brake calipers, and a sport exhaust system with black outlets. The head-up display is now standard on all RS 7s.

Vehicle Summary

The Audi RS 7 is one of two performance versions of the A7 and is the most potent in the lineup. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is good for a high-performance car at 16/27 mpg city/highway.

Overview

Thanks to its powerful V-8 the RS 7 accelerates with authority and has plenty of power on reserve for high-speed maneuvers such as merging and passing. The available Drive Select system enables drivers to select the car's suspension settings according to his/her liking. Handling is a strong point thanks to the RS 7's performance-enhancing features such as Dynamic Ride Control, reduces body roll and pitch and a center differential that splits power between the front and rear axle.

Since the Audi RS 7 is a four-door hatchback, performance does not come at the cost of practicality. There is plenty of room for four adults and up to 49.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded; however, the rear only has seats for two passengers. Tech features are also plentiful and include Audi's MMI infotainment interface as standard, an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system, lane assist, a corner-view camera system, and adaptive cruise control. The Driver Assistance package adds a host of safety aids including automatic front emergency braking and Audi active lane assist. Other safety features include blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning,

What We Think

The 2015 Audi RS 7 offers visceral performance in a practical package with a powerful engine and adjustable suspension setup. In a 2014 First Drive we said the RS 7's Dynamic Roll Control system, which replaces its standard suspension setup, helps "minimize pitch and roll" and lessens body movements. However, the aggressive setup means "every road impact, though well-controlled, can be felt in the cabin." Additionally, in a test against the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG and Porsche Panamera Turbo, we said that the Audi RS 7 had too much understeer compared to its competitors.

You'll Like

  • Visceral straight-line acceleration
  • Convenient hatchback body
  • Excellent handling

You Won't Like

  • Only two seats in the rear
  • Understeers too much
  • Rough ride

Key Competitors

  • Porsche Panamera Turbo
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG
  • BMW M6
  • Jaguar XFR-S

Rating

4 star

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