After a quick hiatus from the US market, Audi’s fiery RS7 Sportback returns for 2021 in preventing type. Delivering large doses of each velocity and refinement, the brand new automotive’s stonking efficiency sacrifices little consolation for its driver. But it surely’s not the one sensible hot-rod hatchback that Audi gives as of late, and therein lies the RS7’s biggest problem.

HIGHS: Easy velocity, spectacular experience consolation, menacing curb attraction.

The brand new RS7 is as soon as once more motivated by the Volkswagen Group’s venerable—and versatile—twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-Eight that additionally may be discovered below the hoods of varied Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche fashions. Output on this model is a robust 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. If these figures sound acquainted, that is as a result of they’re the identical as these of the Audi RS6 Avant station wagon, which is mechanically equivalent to the RS7 but gives extra cargo house—30 cubic toes versus the RS7’s 25. We additionally assume the longer-roof RS6 seems higher, however we’re suckers for wagons. In comparison with the earlier RS7, this 4.0-liter wears turbos that includes bigger compressor wheels. Thanks largely to an extra 2.9 kilos of increase over the earlier commonplace mannequin, the RS7’s horsepower and torque scores swell by 30 and 77, respectively. As with the RS6, the RS7 includes a standard eight-speed automated transmission and commonplace all-wheel drive, or Quattro in case you’re into commerce names.

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On paper, the most recent RS7 just isn’t as spectacular as its predecessor’s hottest variant, the 605-hp RS7 Performance. But, regardless of the brand new automotive weighing an extra 460 kilos, it could catapult its 4947-pound girth to 60 mph in a mere 3.Zero seconds, which is a tenth of a second faster than earlier than. Keep on the throttle and it posts an analogous 11.3-second quarter-mile time however with a 3-mph slower entice velocity (122 mph), which is indicative of its additional bulk. The 2021 RS7’s porkiness can be on show in each the 30-to-50- and 50-to-70-mph top-gear acceleration checks, the place it trails the RS7 Efficiency by 0.4 and 0.5 second, respectively. Effectively, pokiness or a much less aggressive transmission map. For comparability, the RS6 Avant will get to 60 in 3.1 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds at 120 mph.

LOWS: Subdued exhaust be aware, critically heavy, an RS6 Avant is each cheaper and extra sensible.

Taking advantage of the RS7’s acceleration on the road is straightforward, because of a neat trick we found with the automotive’s superior electronics. When fitted with Audi’s Intersection-assist function (a part of the $2250 Driver Help bundle), the RS7 communicates with intersections which are V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) appropriate. Activate this at a stoplight and a countdown timer illuminates in the usual 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, indicating when the sunshine will flip inexperienced. Depress one of many RS Mode buttons on the RS7’s steering wheel to summon launch management and the automotive’s customizable drive modes, stand on the brake and accelerator, after which launch the brake for a max-thrust gap shot.

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The RS7 is greater than a stoplight racer, although. With broad shoulders which are 1.7 inches wider than the lesser S7’s, plus its blacked-out maw and exterior trim, this Audi seems stunningly imply. But it surely additionally grabs consideration, which is problematic when triple-digit speeds may be summoned nearly by thought. That it additionally brings a formidable stage of refinement does not assist issues. We think about a lot of its weight achieve comes from considerably extra sound-deadening materials, as our take a look at automotive’s calm and serene cabin lowered the full-throttle noise from the $1000 Sport exhaust to a distant, 79-decibel bark. Trip consolation on the non-obligatory 22-inch wheels with 30-series Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer time tires is superb, the usual air springs shrugging off even the worst of Michigan’s poorly maintained roads.

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Regardless of carrying 56.1 % of its mass on its entrance wheels, the RS7 feels surprisingly balanced. When pushed arduous into corners, the usual rear-wheel steering helps its driver keep a easy, tight line by rotating its rear finish. Its capacity to alter instructions is bolstered by a torque-vectoring rear differential, which helps with yaw by splitting the rear axle’s torque inconsistently. In Dynamic mode, the RS7 hunkers down by 0.Four inch and circles the skidpad with a strong 0.95 g of lateral adhesion. When it is time to decelerate, huge 16.5-inch iron entrance rotors clamped by 10-piston calipers effortlessly shed the automotive’s ahead momentum. Stops from 70 mph take a scant 151 toes. Whereas our automotive did not function them, carbon-ceramic brakes can be found for $8500 and have the additional benefit of upping the ruled high velocity from 155 mph to a claimed 190.

The efficiency and presence of the Audi RS7 is intoxicating sufficient for us to nearly neglect that the RS6 Avant exists. However one look on the RS7’s $115,045 base value places the 2 automobiles in perspective. For $5000 much less, Audi’s RS wagon posts practically equivalent efficiency outcomes, has seating for 5 versus the RS7’s 4, and is extra capacious in again. For these smitten with the RS7’s sleeker profile, it’s an superior machine. However we all know the place our cash would go.

Specs

Specs

2021 Audi RS7 Sportback

VEHICLE TYPE

front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED

$125,140 (base value: $115,045)

ENGINE TYPE

twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct gasoline injection
Displacement

244 in3, 3996 cm3
Energy

591 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque

590 lb-ft @ 2050 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed automated

CHASSIS

Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink

Brakes (F/R): 16.5-in vented, cross-drilled disc/14.6-in vented, cross-drilled disc

Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, 285/30R-22 (101Y) AO

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 115.Three in

Size: 197.2 in

Width: 76.Eight in

Peak: 56.1 in

Passenger quantity: 95 ft3

Cargo quantity: 25 ft3

Curb weight: 4947 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 3.Zero sec

100 mph: 7.6 sec

130 mph: 12.9 sec

Rolling begin, 5–60 mph: 4.2 sec

Prime gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec

Prime gear, 50–70 mph: 3.Zero sec

1/Four mile: 11.Three sec @ 122 mph

Prime velocity (governor restricted): 155 mph

Braking, 70–Zero mph: 151 ft

Braking, 100–Zero mph: 302 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.95 g
Standing-start accel instances omit 1-ft rollout of 0.Three sec.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 14 mpg

75-mph freeway driving: 23 mpg

Freeway vary: 440 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/metropolis/freeway: 17/15/22 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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