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.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.