Supercar acceleration; sublime handling; exquisite interior; show-stopping style; top-notch tech
Rear headroom not great for tall passengers
The standard alloy wheels have grown in diameter to 21 inches. A sport exhaust is also standard. See the 2018 Audi RS 7 models for sale near you
Admittedly, anyone with the regular RS 7 could never feel short-changed or unsatisfied. But with that Performance version in existence, surely the right thing to do would be to man up and throw that extra $16,800 down. Just make sure you can afford the Driver Assistance package as well. The deeply wonderful 2018 Audi RS 7 and RS 7 Performance have so much power, grip, luxury and style that it's almost ridiculous.
The 2018 Audi RS 7 comes in standard and RS 7 Performance forms.
The standard RS 7 ($114,875) has 21-in alloy wheels wearing high-performance summer tires, sport exhaust with dual oval exhaust tips, full LED lighting (including ambient cabin lighting), power rear spoiler, adaptive sport-tuned air suspension, variable-ratio steering, sport rear differential, powered tailgate, sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, heated windshield washer nozzles, blind spot monitoring, forward-collision mitigation, self-dimming/power-folding/heated side mirrors, keyless entry/start, Drive Select system (featuring electronic adjustments for steering, throttle and transmission), Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system with an 8-inch display, rearview/corner-view camera systems, front and rear parking sensors, head-up display, quad-zone automatic climate control, carbon fiber inlays, aluminum pedals, RS-specific gauges and door handles, leather upholstery, heated/8-way power-adjustable sport front seats with honeycomb quilting and driver's-side memory functions, power-adjustable sport steering wheel with shift paddles and contrast stitching, Google-Earth-based navigation, Wi-Fi, two USB ports, SD card slot, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a 14-speaker/630-watt Bose surround sound system with satellite/HD radio.
The RS 7 Performance ($131,675) has ceramic brake discs, contrasting blue honeycomb stitching in the front seats and replaces the air suspension with adjustable dampers. This model is also eligible for a titanium sport exhaust system.
Options include different alloy wheel designs, carbon fiber trim, Driver Assistance package (adaptive cruise control, lane-departure prevention, automatic high beams, more advanced collision mitigation system with automatic braking); Cold Weather package (heated steering wheel, heated rear seats); Comfort Seating package (multi-contour front sport seats with ventilation and massage functions, plus front-passenger memory settings). Rear side airbags, Alcantara (simulated suede) headliner, night vision with pedestrian/large animal detection and a 15-speaker/1,300-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system is also available.
The RS 7 is officially a 4-seater, with no small middle seat in the back. Trunk space behind the rear seats is 24.5 cu ft. Those seats split and fold down for a little extra versatility.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe -- The 4-door M6 stacks up well against the RS 7 in terms of power and equipment, but it's not as lithe and lively on winding roads.
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo -- Bigger than the RS 7, but combines the athleticism of a sports car with an executive sedan's comfort.
2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS 63 S -- This AMG-tuned, 577-hp CLS has fierce acceleration and a more bearable back seat. But like the M6 Gran Coupe, it's less precise than the Audi.
Used Aston Martin Rapide -- For a sleek sport sedan with as much exclusivity as performance, a low-mileage Rapide is certainly worth a look.