2018 Audi RS 7
- Acceleration worthy of an exotic sports car
- Hatchback body style makes it more practical than expected
- Comfortable to drive every day despite extreme performance
- Stunning styling that hasn't aged
- Less rear headroom than a typical luxury sedan
- Doesn't offer Audi's latest infotainment interface
Which RS 7 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Can a luxury sedan really accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds? If it's the 2018 Audi RS 7, most certainly. And that's the regular version. The Performance trim level, which packs 605 horsepower (up from 560 hp), should be even quicker.
Beyond speed, however, the RS 7 offers the same virtues as the rest of its siblings in the A7 lineup. It's gorgeous for one, yet its hatchback body style offers a more versatile cargo area than a typical sedan. Its cabin is also suitably luxe even if it doesn't have Audi's latest tech interface. Setting the RS 7 apart, though, is special honeycomb-stitched leather upholstery and, on the Performance, available blue stitching and blue-accented carbon-fiber trim.
Quite simply, the 2018 Audi RS 7 is one of the most desirable cars you can buy. If you have the money and the desire, it's hard to imagine you'd be disappointed.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Audi RS 7 as one of Edmunds' Best Sports Sedans for this year.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Audi RS 7 is a midsize high-performance four-door with a hatchback body style Audi dubs a "Sportback." Unlike the A7, which includes five seats, the RS 7 can only be had with a pair of individual rear sport seats. There are two trim levels, mostly differentiated by performance. The base RS 7 has a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 good for 560 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque, while the RS 7 Performance upgrades that engine to 605 hp with an overboost function that provides a temporary torque peak of 553 lb-ft. Both have an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
Standard features on the RS 7 include 21-inch wheels, summer tires, an adaptive sport-tuned air suspension, variable-ratio sport steering, a sport rear differential, LED headlights, automatic wipers, parking sensors, a basic collision mitigation system, blind-spot warning, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof, a power liftgate, and keyless ignition and entry.
Inside, you get four-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front sport seats with four-way lumbar, heating and driver seat memory, leather upholstery featuring special RS honeycomb stitching, a power-adjustable sport steering wheel, a head-up display, a rearview camera and a corner-view camera system. Also included: an Audi MMI electronics interface (8-inch display, knob controller, touchpad), a navigation system, voice controls, Bluetooth, Audi Connect services, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system. The Black Optic package adds high-gloss exterior trim to the base RS 7 and a front spoiler and rear diffuser made of carbon fiber.
The RS 7 Performance gains more power, carbon-ceramic brakes, Dynamic Ride Control (a mechanical damping system that reduces body roll and pitch around corners), 21-inch cast-aluminum wheels, a different bumper design, gloss-black grille surround, black tailpipes and carbon-fiber mirror housings. An Audi Sport Titanium exhaust is an exclusive option to the Performance.
Options available on both versions include the Driver Assistance package, which adds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, a forward collision warning and automatic braking system (Pre Sense Plus), lane keeping assist and automatic high beams. The Cold Weather package adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Comfort Seating package swaps out the standard sport seats for less aggressively bolstered front and rear seats (effectively from the A7) and gains front-seat ventilation, massage functionality, memory settings for the passenger, and leather upholstery without the RS honeycomb pattern. Other options include night vision assist, rear side airbags, a black faux suede headliner, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system upgrade.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite RS 7 safety features:
- Audi Pre Sense Basic
- Warns the driver, tensions seat belts and closes the windows if a potential forward collision is detected.
- Audi Pre Sense Plus
- Enhances the functions of Pre Sense Basic with automatic emergency braking. It's optional for the RS 7.
- Rear-Seat Side Airbags
- Adds extra protection for rear outboard occupants in a side-impact collision.
The 2018 Audi RS 7 is aimed at shoppers who want a sports car but need a sedan. Related to the A7 and S7, the RS 7 can hold four occupants in individual, contoured bucket seats with room for their luggage under the rear hatch. But unlike its stablemates, Audi RS 7 packs a high-output V8 with suspension and brakes to match. The market segment for luxury performance sedans is exclusive and narrow, with some very capable and well-known players. The Audi RS 7 has shown itself to be a serious contender in this class.
The RS 7's refined interior boasts high-quality materials, well-placed controls, and a wealth of comfort and convenience features, such as model-specific heated leather seats and separate automatic climate control for each occupant. Those in the front seats will be treated to plenty of room in the comfortable yet supportive buckets. The rear seats have enough space to stretch out, but headroom is somewhat compromised by the sharply sloped roofline. One thing to keep in mind, though: The RS 7 features Audi's previous-generation MMI electronics interface (there's a different knob/touchpad controller and you can't get the new Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster). Nevertheless, this version of MMI still works well, and we still love the array of technology on offer, including standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE data connectivity.
The standard powerplant for the RS 7 is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Buyers who feel the need for still more speed can step up to the RS 7 Performance, with the engine tweaked to 605 horsepower. It still produces 516 lb-ft, but a temporary overboost function briefly cranks things up to 553 lb-ft. Either way, power gets to the road through an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
On the road, the RS 7 is capable of coddling driver and passengers with a smooth, quiet ride while delivering blistering performance. Audi claims a top speed of 174 mph for the RS 7 and 190 mph for the RS 7 Performance. In Edmunds testing, the standard model accelerated from zero to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. Meanwhile, all-wheel drive, a sport suspension and dynamic steering ensure maximum control under a variety of road conditions.
The base RS 7 comes with enough standard equipment to satisfy even very fussy buyers, but a variety of available luxury, technology and performance upgrades allows for considerable personalization. And, of course, there's always the RS 7 Performance. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find just the right 2018 Audi RS 7 to meet your needs.
2018 Audi RS 7 Overview
The 2018 Audi RS 7 is offered in the following submodels: RS 7 Sedan. Available styles include performance quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A), and quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Audi RS 7?
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Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
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