Supercar acceleration; sublime handling; exquisite interior; show-stopping style; top-notch tech
Rear headroom not great for tall passengers; limited versatility from the hatchback trunk
Most of us would be perfectly happy -- no, make that ecstatic -- to have the regular RS7. Paying an extra $18,800 for the Performance version seems a little extreme for power that could never be explored or exploited on public roads. But if you're the kind of person who relishes extremes, then have fun and be careful out there. Find an Audi RS7 for sale
The 2017 Audi RS7 comes in standard and RS7 Performance forms.
The standard RS7 ($111,650) has 20-inch alloy wheels, dual oval exhaust tips, full LED lighting, a power rear spoiler, an adaptive sport-tuned air suspension, variable-ratio steering, a sport rear differential, a power lift gate, a sunroof, blind spot monitoring, forward-collision mitigation, self-dimming/power-folding side mirrors, keyless entry/start, a Drive Select system (featuring electronic adjustments for steering, throttle and transmission), the Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system with an 8-in display, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a 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, a power-adjustable sport steering wheel with shift paddles and contrast stitching, Google-Earth-based navigation, Wi-Fi, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a 14-speaker Bose audio system with satellite radio and HD Radio.
The RS7 Performance ($130,450) has 21-in alloy wheels wearing high-performance summer tires, ceramic disc brakes, contrasting blue honeycomb stitching in the front seats and adjustable dampers to replace the air suspension.
Options include different 20- and 21-in alloy wheel designs; carbon-fiber trim; a Driver Assistance package (adaptive cruise control, lane-departure prevention and a corner-view camera system); a Cold Weather package (a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats); and a Comfort Seating package (multicontour front sport seats with ventilation and massage functions, plus front-passenger memory settings). Rear side airbags, an Alcantara (simulated suede) headliner and a 15-speaker/1,300-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system are also available.
The RS7 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|
2017 BMW M6 Gran Coupe -- The 4-door M6 stacks up well against the RS7 in terms of power and equipment, but it's not as lithe and lively on winding roads.
2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo -- All-new for 2017. Bigger than the RS7, but combines the athleticism of a sports car with an executive sedan's comfort.
2017 Mercedes-AMG CLS 63 -- The AMG-tuned 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.