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Video | A Used Audi RS 7 Is a Half-price Used Car Bargain

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.

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  1. What are your thoughts on this verses a new CTS-V or ATS-V which is about the same cost.  Or even a used Rapide.

  2. I used to work with a guy that had the S7 and it just never really seemed to impress.  The fact that the S8 exists probably doesn’t help its case in my mind.

  3. Is it better to drive than the RS5?

    The RS5 is one of the most disappointing cars I’ve ever driven. Had high expectations based on the B7 S4 I had for awhile (such a great sound!).

    Rented the RS5 for a day in LA from Turo and within a short time knew I hated it and returned it for a more fun car. It was just bland, didn’t feel exciting at all, felt like a large luxury car not a sporty car. In the twisties it was even worse.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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