CARS.COM — Luxury automakers often make several editions of their vehicles, and Audi is no exception, with three distinct versions of A7-based models: the A7, S7 and RS 7. Each shares the same wheelbase and much of the same styling but there’s a huge price gap between the A7 at the bottom and the RS 7 at the top. Is the RS 7 really worth all that extra scratch?
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So how much extra? The 2017 A7 Competition trim I tested cost $80,450 including a $950 destination charge, while the 2017 RS 7 Performance tipped the scales at $136,975. That puts the distance between the two vehicles at a cool $56,525.
When you start to compare the two, it’s striking just how similar they are. Both vehicles added the Driver Assistance Package ($2,450) and therefore had the same safety features. They also had identical multimedia systems and controllers, the same screens and practically the same dimensions inside and out (within tenths of an inch).