2017 Audi RS7 Performance Review





2017 Audi RS7 Performance Review - We really, truly like the Audi RS7-- like, if we went to elementary school with it, we would certainly pass it love notes till we ran out of paper. The RS7 is the ne plus ultra participant of a lineup that also includes the A7 as well as S7 that earned spots on our 10Best Autos checklists in 2012, 2013, and also 2014-- cars that remain our leading picks in the interested luxury-four-door-coupe segment.


For more proof of our crush, the RS7 also won the only C/D comparison test where it took part. However that comparo occurred a very long time ago in auto years-- greater than 2!-- as well as Audi has actually because upgraded the model for 2016, mainly with cosmetic tweaks as well as modern technology enhancements. Its greatness led us to call the current model "one of the best efficiency sedans (well, hatchbacks) of all time.".

2017 Audi RS7 Performance Review

And also now there's a new top-spec version, the RS7 Efficiency, that has 45 even more horses under the hood and a slew of sporty fillips. Looter alert: We dropped hard for this, as well.



The smooth 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the 2017 Audi RS7 Performance Performance produces a robust 605 horsepower, merely five less compared to the 5.2-liter V-10 in the blazing-fast R8 supercar, actually. Its 553 lb-ft of torque outmuscles the R8 by 140 lb-ft and the non-Performance RS7 by 37. The extra output comes generally from a brand-new overboost feature and also different turbocharger generators, however the Performance's V-8 also has actually revised valve timing, new exhaust valves, different camshafts, higher-efficiency radiators, and also a reprogrammed control device. (The new S8 Plus has the same 605-hp engine, but that automobile is tuned much more for refinement versus the more-frenetic RS7.) As you 'd expect, after that, there's a lot of drive readily available, regularly, and it's difficult to avoid grinning like a moron during high-speed passing maneuvers as well as full-throttle rollicks far from stoplights. Zipping around sweeping on-ramps is enjoyable, as well, the beautiful perforated steering wheel transmitting strong signals of the connection between the weighty front tires and also the pavement.

2017 Audi RS7 Performance Review

The eight-speed automatic-- remapped for this amped-up application-- is an anxious accomplice. Couple of paddle-shifted vehicles urge us to use their paddles, but the RS7 is a various beast; it's extremely pleasing to have this excellent drivetrain at your direct command. The transmission shifts quickly when you thwack the ideal paddle, and also the engine roars like a wild animal, tough and also to life. Upshifts just imply even more speed loading onto the speedometer, all the way up to an explained top speed of 190 mph. Downshifts are equally as scintillating, the needle flinging up the tach and also the exhaust burbling viciously.

The RS7 Efficiency comes standard with the sporting activity exhaust that's optional on the 560-hp RS7. That less-powerful 2017 Audi RS7 Performance will certainly continue to be available, as well as Audi of America officers figure the sales split will be 50/50. The $20,100-dearer RS7 Performance is really a bargain, because it includes carbon-ceramic brakes that typically aren't available on the base auto, as well as some classy visual upgrades as well as the delicious engine changes.

One note: As is type of a pattern of late-- witness Dodge's two-key method for its Hellcat items-- the RS7 does not allow its complete fierceness to be accessed right away. One must be in Dynamic method and/or have the transmission in the manual or sport placements in order to dip into the complete 605 equines. Doing so additionally makes the throttle tip-in quite touchy, so you might intend to maintain it in the 560-hp mode if, state, you're shuttling your in-laws home from supper. The Performance likewise gets Dynamic Ride Control suspension (DRC), which is part of the $3500 Dynamic bundle on the normal RS7 and also trades out that car's air suspension for sportier steel springtimes. The DRC dampers are attached diagonally across the car with hydraulic fluid, especially boosting assault angles throughout cornering. The RS7 is the only present Audi with DRC, although we've previously experienced it in the RS4, RS5, and RS6.


Baseding on Stephan Reil, head of technical development at Audi's Quattro GmbH performance division, the DRC suspension would aid the 2017 Audi RS7 Performance circle the Nürburgring three or four seconds quicker compared to an RS7 on air springs. Factor in the added horse power, he claims, and also the RS7 Efficiency must kip down a time five to 7 secs quicker compared to the base RS7. When pushed, Reil says the 'Ring time would certainly be "way under eight mins-- about seven-fifty.".

Audi reckons the Performance model is one-tenth of a second quicker to 60 mph, so 3.6 secs versus 3.7. The only time we strapped our test devices to an RS7, throughout that 2013 comparison test, we posted a 3.4-second time. So yeah, this vehicle certainly did not need another 45 horsepower. It did require far better framework control-- as we noted after placing an RS7 via our Lightning Lap gantlet-- and the DRC suspension certainly aids because regard.

Speaking of racetracks, we got to attempt the über-RS7 on the Daytona International Speedway road program on the day prior to the Rolex 24. Without breaking a sweat, the RS7 fractured 135 miles per hour on the backstretch prior to the Bus Quit chicane and held 115 miles per hour on the high-banked turns. The RS7 had a lot much more in it, yet we agree to press a car just so tough on our first-ever lap on any circuit. We asked-- unsuccessfully-- for more track time, which additionally would have implied much more time with the vehicle. Nevertheless, we truly, really like the Audi RS7. Add this to the pile of passion notes.




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