Audi's RS7 Hits Six Figures, 60 MPH in 3.7 Seconds

The 2014 Audi RS 7 goes from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, and this uber-high-performance variant of the A7 hatchback/four-door coupe goes from about $65,000 to $105,795 in just one luxurious check of the trim level box. Audi announced the collar-tug-eliciting starting price, including an $895 destination charge, today for the RS 7. It debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and is expected to arrive in dealerships in the fall.

The all-wheel-drive RS 7 has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that produces 560 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque, and it's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There are standard matte aluminum or carbon styling packages, distinctive bumpers and grille, an adaptive rear spoiler, lower rear diffuser and large elliptical tailpipes. Inside, the performance theme is accentuated by a three-spoke perforated multifunction sport steering wheel with contrast stitching and an RS 7 emblem, sports seats in Valcona leather with honeycomb quilting, an RS-specific shift knob and interior door handles, and carbon-fiber inlays.

But if you've already squared with the $105,795 starting price, you might find yourself thinking, "Why stop there?"

You can add a $6,000 Daytona Gray Matte paint job; $5,900 Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system; $4,000 Carbon-Optic Package with a carbon-fiber front spoiler, rear diffuser and mirror housings; $3,000 black Alcantara headliner; $2,800 Driver Assistance Plus Package with adaptive cruise control, active lane assist and a rear corner-view camera system; and $2,800 Innovation Package with a head-up display and Night Vision Assistant.

Fully loaded with all that, in addition to various other available options packages – $2,000 here, $750 there – brought the total of our dream RS 7 we built on's configurator to $138,645. But fret not, that price includes the destination charge (obviously, otherwise it would've been outrageous).

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