|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Audi RS 7
|Performance Quattro Sedan||4.0L Twin-Turbo V8||AWD||8A||3.2 sec||11.3 sec @ 125 mph||15/25/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
2016 Audi RS 7
|Performance Prestige Quattro Sedan||4.0L Twin-Turbo V8||AWD||8A||3.5 sec||11.6 sec @ 123 mph||15/25/---- mpg||Motor Week|
2014 Audi RS 7
|APR Stage 1 Sedan||4.0L Twin-Turbo V8||AWD||8A||2.9 sec||11.0 sec @ 129 mph||----/----/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Prestige Quattro Sedan||4.0L Twin-Turbo V8||AWD||8A||3.4 sec||11.6 sec @ 123 mph||16/27/9 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Prestige Quattro Sedan||4.0L Twin-Turbo V8||AWD||8A||3.6 sec||11.7 sec @ 123 mph||16/27/22.1 mpg||Motor Week|
|Prestige Quattro Sedan||4.0L Twin-Turbo V8||AWD||8A||3.2 sec||11.6 sec @ 120.3 mph||16/27/11.6 mpg||Road & Track|
About Audi RS7
There are cool fast cars, and there are monstrously fast cars. The Audi RS7 manages to look cool and go monstrously fast as well.
Of course they’d better do so, since the price tag starts at a cool $106,500. That’s not exactly chump change. Spending that kind of money means you really want to go really fast, while you drive in comfort and style.
Let’s start with the horsepower: 560. Yes, that’s right; the Audi RS7 has 560 horses under the hood.
It’s not that there aren’t other cars around with more horsepower. It’s just that the look of the RS7 is so understated. Sure, it looks a bit like a sports car. The styling does seem a bit more dashing than your usual Audi sedan. But it doesn’t seem like it packs that much power, unlike the more blatant Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
Still, it’s not actually marketed as a sports car. A sports car is a car that goes fast so you better expect some discomfort and a lack of amenities. But the RS7 is actually a luxury sedan. It’s designed to make you feel comfy and pampered. It’s just that it also happens to have 560 horsepower that allows you to go from 0 to 60 in about 3.4 seconds or so. You also get 516 lb-ft of torque at 1750 rpm. As for the top speed, you can reach up to 190 mph.
So as a luxury sedan, the ride is quite comfy with the suspension allowing some body roll. It doesn’t beat you up when you drive it fast in a straight line.
But when you get to the turns, you may want to slow down just a little. The chassis and the tires may not be able to handle what the 4-L engine can dish out. During sharp turns, the oversteer may get you into trouble quickly.
You really don’t want to know the fuel economy of this car, because if that’s important to you then you need a different type of car in the first place. But Audi seems to care, however. In some conditions, it will deactivate some cylinders to increase the fuel efficiency. That’s really nice of them.
Keep in mind that this is a luxury sedan, so it’s not like you just strapped a pair of rockers on a rickshaw. You also have some hi-tech stuff here that will make your life on the road a whole lot easier
- LED headlights and daytime running lights. These, of course, look cool and impressive. They also help tell people that your car is expensive. But it’s not all about style. It’s also about providing you with visibility at night and making your car more visible even during the day.
- HUD. This stands for Heads-Up Display, where you find your info and readouts not on the dash but on the windshield. This was originally the technology reserved for military aircraft. But then again, with the way the RS7 flies over the ground, it does deserve this type of tech.
With the HUD, you get your speed, navigation, and other assistance systems directly on the windshield. This can be very helpful when you’re going fast on the road. You really want to keep your eyes on the road, and even a split second glance away may have unfortunate consequences.
- Corner view camera system. When you’re parking or pulling out into traffic, it’s often difficult to see around corners. But now, you have additional vantage points available. So if you’re emerging form an alley onto a busy street, you don’t need to blindly stick out the car and hope there’s no one. You can see it for yourself.
- Side assist. Blind spots are always potential causes of roadside accidents. But with this system, you will be notified if there’s a car in your blind spot.
- Adaptive cruise control. You can now keep your distance from the car in front of you continuously. You have sensors in front which measure the distance, and you can maintain that distance with the help of the car. The car actually starts and stops the car to help you keep your distance.
- Active lane assist. If you tend to drift off your lane when you drive, this feature can be very helpful. It actually detects lane markings. So when you go over them the car helps you back to your lane.
- Night vision. It’s obviously more difficult to see at night, so why not get night vision? This system uses an infrared camera along with thermal imaging. So even in low light, you can see much farther ahead. It may even alert you if there are pedestrians up to within 300 feet.
All in all, this is probably the most gorgeous car in the Audi family, and its siblings are quite good-looking. It’s also the fastest as well. Looks and speed: now that’s a killer combination.
For more information about Audi S3, visit the official Audi website.
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