Here’s something you already knew: new cars are expensive, and used cars are less expensive. Here’s something you may not have known: you can now buy a used Audi RS 7 for half the price of a new one. I say this with some excitement, because the Audi RS 7 is not some ancient relic that’s two generations old. The thing came out just a few years ago, and used ones look just like brand-new ones. And they’re selling for half-off.
I recently discovered this when I reviewed a well-equipped 2014 Audi RS 7 at Motorcars of the Main Line, a local dealership in the Philadelphia area that always has some cool and exciting inventory. This RS 7 is available in the low-$70,000 range, and it’s not alone. There are currently 29 different RS 7 models listed for sale on Autotrader for $70,000 or less, which is a bargain considering the new price: The RS7 starts at $115,000, and it’s not uncommon to see them offered for $140,000 or more.
So a used RS 7 is a bargain, but that’s no surprise, given automotive depreciation in general. Rather, the thing to note here is that the RS 7’s used car value brings it from a car I wouldn’t recommend to a car I’d highly recommend — and today I’m going to explain why.
To do that, I’ll start with the engine: The RS7 uses a 560-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which is just a massively powerful engine that sends the thing from zero to 60 in under 4 seconds. This, folks, is overkill, and I find it hard to justify spending $140,000 on a vehicle whose limits I’ll never be able to test in virtually any capacity. But when the price drops to $60,000 or $70,000, things change: Now it costs the same as a new RS 3 — and considering you can get the RS 7 with a CPO warranty, why not get some extra grunt for the same price?
There are other benefits over the RS 3, too — in fact, there are other benefits over most cars. The RS 7 has a beautiful interior with plenty of room (though only for four passengers) — and its impressive cargo area is larger than a Panamera’s. The RS 7 also handles incredibly well — and while I love the nimble, small size of the RS 3, it’s almost impressive how much “smaller” the RS 7 drives than it actually is. It’s not quite enough to make up for its size increase over the RS 3, but it’s not far off, with direct, precise, well-weighted steering and little body roll. The RS 7 gives you an enormous amount of confidence in corners, and its wide stance makes it easy to fling into a turn quickly and push out with heavy throttle. It feels, quite nearly, like a sports car.
The RS 7 is also loaded with technology. Although the 2014 model I drove isn’t as advanced as most brand-new Audi models with the brand’s excellent “Virtual Cockpit” feature, it’s still got a wide range of cool stuff — like a little touchpad in the center console that changes based on what infotainment screen you’re on. Obviously, the RS 7 also has all the latest safety features, even though it’s a few years old — though it stops a bit short of brand-new models like the M5 and AMG E 63 S. Still, the good stuff is there.
Unfortunately, I’ve never loved the styling of the A7, or the S7, or the RS 7; I don’t like how the sloped roof line comes to an abrupt end after the glass, and I think the car looks a little too wide and too low for its own good. But I’ve learned from expressing this opinion that most people like the styling of this car — and I must admit that even I appreciate the subtlety of the Audi “RS” cars, which still maintain the “sleeper” performance car look even in the face of more overt sportiness from BMW M cars and Mercedes AMG cars.
And regardless of your thoughts on the styling, you must agree the RS 7 presents the complete package: impressive acceleration, amazing performance, reasonable practicality, a beautiful interior, a roomy cabin, great handling and … bargain pricing. At least if you get a used one. Which you probably should. Find an Audi RS7 for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.