2017 Audi RS 7Change Vehicle
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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Incredible acceleration
- Top track speed of 190 mph
- Zero-to-60 mph in as little as 3.6 seconds
- Interior materials
- Intoxicating exhaust note
- Comfortable, supportive seats
- Price premium for Performance trim
- Only four seats (Performance trim)
- Lack of touchscreen (for Android Auto/Apple CarPlay)
- Low gas mileage
- Some safety features optional
- Highest-performance version of A7
- Twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8
- All-wheel drive standard
- Eight-speed automatic transmission
- Performance trim offered
- Android Auto/Apple CarPlay standard
The price tag is steep, but the RS 7 has the performance, style and luxury to match.
Versus the Competition
As is often the case, this Audi goes toe-to-toe with its German luxury competitors — at a more affordable price than some of them.
I'll admit I pre-judged the 2017 Audi RS 7 when I looked at its price tag. The highest-performance version of Audi's stylish A7, it starts at $111,650 — a lot of scratch. Things escalated quickly from there in my test vehicle, which was an RS 7 Performance, a new trim level for 2017.
The RS 7 Performance adds more horsepower, suspension upgrades and larger wheels ... for a cool $130,450, including destination charge. Add a few more safety options and a black Alcantara headliner, and the final sticker was $136,975.
This puts the RS 7 in rarified air competing against other high-performance, four-door luxury vehicles like the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-AMG CLS63. Compare the RS 7 with those vehicles here and with last year's model here.
To justify its price, the RS 7 has to deliver both performance and luxury, and it does — in excess.
From afar, the RS 7 keeps a low profile; it's only when you get up close that it becomes apparent this is no "normal" A7.
The RS 7's grille is larger and flanked by large air inlets on the lower portion of the bumper. The car is also distinguished by full LED headlights and taillights, oval exhaust outlets and larger side sills. The Performance trim level takes the aggressive aesthetic even further, with a rear diffuser, black tailpipes, carbon-fiber housings for the side mirrors, and a gloss-black grille with a mesh pattern that continues over the air inlets.
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The 2017 Audi RS 7 currently has 0 recalls