2018 Audi RS7 Performance Review

2018 Audi RS7 Performance Review - We really, actually like the Audi RS7-- like, if we visited elementary school with it, we 'd pass it like notes up until we ran out of paper. The RS7 is the ne plus ultra participant of a lineup that likewise includes the A7 as well as S7 that earned spots on our 10Best Autos checklists in 2012, 2013, and 2014-- cars that remain our leading choices in the interested luxury-four-door-coupe segment. For more evidence of our crush, the 2018 Audi RS7 Performance additionally won the only C/D comparison test where it took part. However that comparo happened a very long time ago in car years-- more than two!-- as well as Audi has actually considering that upgraded the design for 2018, mostly with cosmetic tweaks as well as innovation enhancements. Its achievement led us to call the current design "among the best efficiency sedans (well, hatchbacks) of perpetuity.".

2018 Audi RS7 Performance Review

And now there's a brand-new top-spec version, the RS7 Efficiency, that has 45 more horses under the hood and a multitude of sporty fillips. Spoiler alert: We dropped hard for this one, also.

The smooth 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the RS7 Efficiency produces a durable 605 horsepower, just 5 less compared to the 5.2-liter V-10 in the blazing-fast R8 supercar, as a matter of fact. Its 553 lb-ft of torque outmuscles the R8 by 140 lb-ft and the non-Performance RS7 by 37. The additional outcome comes mostly from a new overboost feature and different turbocharger wind turbines, however the Efficiency's V-8 also has revised shutoff timing, brand-new exhaust shutoffs, different camshafts, higher-efficiency radiators, and a reprogrammed control system. (The new S8 And also has the same 605-hp engine, however that vehicle is tuned much more for improvement versus the more-frenetic RS7.) As you 'd expect, after that, there's lots of thrust offered, all the time, and it's difficult to avoid grinning like a pinhead during high-speed passing maneuvers and also full-throttle rollicks away from stoplights. Whizing around sweeping on-ramps is fun, too, the beautiful perforated steering wheel transmitting strong signals of the partnership between the weighty front tires and the sidewalk.

2018 Audi RS7 Performance Review

The eight-speed automated-- remapped for this amped-up application-- is an eager associate. Few paddle-shifted autos oblige us to use their paddles, but the RS7 is a different monster; it's highly satisfying to have this superb drivetrain at your direct command. The transmission shifts promptly when you thwack the ideal paddle, as well as the engine roars like a wild animal, intense and also active. Upshifts simply imply even more speed stacking into the speedometer, completely up to an explained top speed of 190 miles per hour. Downshifts are equally as brilliant, the needle flinging up the tach and also the exhaust burbling viciously.

The RS7 Efficiency comes standard with the sport exhaust that's optional on the 560-hp RS7. That less-powerful 2018 Audi RS7 Performance will remain to be readily available, and Audi of America directors figure the sales split will certainly be 50/50. The $20,100-dearer RS7 Performance is in fact a good deal, since it features carbon-ceramic brakes that typically aren't readily available on the base vehicle, as well as some stylish aesthetic upgrades and also the savory engine changes.

One note: As is kind of a fad of late-- witness Dodge's two-key method for its Hellcat items-- the RS7 does not enable its complete rabidity to be accessed right away. One have to be in Dynamic mode and/or have the transmission in the handbook or sporting activity placements in order to dip into the full 605 equines. Doing so additionally makes the throttle tip-in pretty sensitive, so you could wish to maintain it in the 560-hp method if, claim, you're shuttling your in-laws residence from dinner. The Performance additionally gets Dynamic Trip Control suspension (DRC), which is part of the $3500 Dynamic package on the routine RS7 and also trades out that auto's air suspension for sportier steel springtimes. The DRC dampers are linked diagonally throughout the car with hydraulic fluid, significantly enhancing strike angles during cornering. The RS7 is the only existing Audi with DRC, although we have actually recently experienced it in the RS4, RS5, as well as RS6.

Baseding on Stephan Reil, head of technological advancement at Audi's Quattro GmbH efficiency division, the DRC suspension would assist the RS7 circle the Nürburgring three or 4 secs quicker than an RS7 on air springtimes. Factor in the extra horse power, he claims, and the RS7 Efficiency must kip down a time five to 7 secs quicker than the base RS7. When pushed, Reil states the 'Ring time would be "means under eight minutes-- about seven-fifty.".

Audi thinks the 2018 Audi RS7 Performance version is one-tenth of a 2nd quicker to 60 miles per hour, so 3.6 seconds versus 3.7. The only time we strapped our test tools to an RS7, throughout that 2013 contrast examination, we published a 3.4-second time. So yeah, this car certainly did not need an additional 45 horsepower. It did need much better chassis control-- as we noted after putting an RS7 via our Lightning Lap gantlet-- as well as the DRC suspension absolutely assists because respect.

Mentioning 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 cracked 135 mph on the backstretch prior to the Bus Quit chicane and held 115 miles per hour on the high-banked turns. The RS7 had a great deal more in it, but we want to push an automobile just so tough on our first-ever lap on any sort of circuit. We asked-- unsuccessfully-- for more track time, which additionally would have suggested much more time with the auto. Nevertheless, we really, actually like the Audi RS7. Include this to the pile of love notes.

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