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Audi RS7 Sportback (2014-2020) Review

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      Launch year
      2014
      Body type
      Performance
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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Super-fast four-door coupe

Best bits

  • Ludicrously fast and makes a great noise
  • Fabulous interior quality
  • Practical enough for a family

Not so great

  • Handling should be more involving
  • Infotainment system feels dated
  • Very expensive to buy and run

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Audi RS7 Sportback Exterior Front

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"There was a time, not so long ago, when Audi Sport - the German manufacturer’s performance division - would only produce one super-high-performance RS model at a time, in order to make that car feel extra-special. However, such was the clamour for fast and furious versions of a variety of Audi’s popular models, the good folks over at Audi Sport finally decided to give in and give the people what they wanted. And bless them for that."

Audi RS7 Sportback Exterior Front

Nowadays, RS models come in all shapes and sizes, and the RS7 - based on the A7 four-door coupe executive car - is one of the biggest. Like all RS models, it comes with a ludicrous amount of horsepower, a brash, in-your-face styling overhaul and a colossal pricetag. That means this car won’t suit everyone, certainly not those of a faint-hearted wallflower persuasion, but for those it does suit, it’ll be about as appealing as cars get.


Like many RS cars, the RS7 is about its engine above all else. And what an engine it is. This twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol delivers 560PS in its regular guise, but if you choose the Performance version, that gets hiked to an even crazier 605PS. As you can imagine, both are simply breathtaking in the way they pick up speed, and the noise that accompanies that searing performance is just as dramatic.


Take things easier, and the RS7 is also capable of delivering top-drawer refinement and a comfortable ride, making it a good way to munch through continents in double-quick time. Some might be disappointed that it doesn’t feel like more of a sports car in the bends - it’s too big and heavy for that, and the steering doesn’t give much feedback - but there’s no denying how capable it is in the corners, with strong grip and tight control.


There’s lots to like inside, too, with typically tactile Audi build quality, lots of luxury features as standard, a big boot and fairly generous cabin space for four. Granted, the infotainment system looks a little dated, and some of the latest infotainment and safety kit is missing, but on a car launched in 2014, that’s not really surprising.


What isn’t missing, though, is bucketloads of performance, style and charm. You’ll pay handsomely to get them, and the astronomical running costs will mean the bills just keep on coming, but every time you put your foot down to release all that noise and acceleration, you won’t care one bit.

Is the Audi RS7 right for you?

Do you like speed? Do you like to stand out from the crowd? Do you have shares in a variety of petro-chemical companies? If so, the Audi RS7 could well be the car you’ve been looking for. 


The A7’s slinky lines combine with a range of RS-specific details to give a properly fearsome look, while the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 delivers up to 605PS for properly potent performance, so long as you keep shovelling super-unleaded into it. There’s plenty of other stuff to like, too, like the posh interior, the generous equipment and the surprisingly strong practicality.

What's the best Audi RS7 model/engine to choose?

Bit tricky this, when there are only two versions that are separated by little more than 45 horsepower and a sports exhaust. Both the regular RS7 and the more powerful Performance version are devastatingly fast, nice to look at, pleasurable to sit in and stocked with all the luxury toys you could wish for, so both will probably suit you if you’re interested in the car. 


Both are also very, very expensive to buy and run, though, so keeping things humble probably won’t save you a great deal of cash. Besides, buying a car like the RS7 isn’t exactly a rational choice anyway, so you might as well go the whole hog. The Performance it is, then.

What other cars are similar to the Audi RS7?

The RS7 of this vintage has two major competitors, those being the BMW M6 Gran Coupe and the Mercedes-AMG CLS 63 S. After all, you can’t have one of the big-three German companies offering a car without the other two offering alternatives. Wouldn’t be right. A little further up the price scale, another German entrant joins the fray in the shape of the Porsche Panamera, while even further up the scale, the Brits join the party with the Bentley Continental GT.

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