2023 Audi RS 7

Starting MSRP 

$124,545

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Key Spec of 2023 Audi RS 7
fuel economy

15/17/22

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

281 hp @ 5800 rpm

basic warranty

4yr./ 50,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Extravagant styling

Dual center screens are still confusing

Remote park assist plus and black Dinamica headliner in Executive Package

Super-car-like acceleration

Limited second-row headroom

Tech-overload

Weight nearly 5000 pounds

Rear wheel steering greatly improves maneuverability

Expensive options and packages

2023 Audi RS 7 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The RS 7 has been Audi’s halo sedan ever since its inception and is one that is very well loved for its bold design, blistering performance, and shocking levels of tech. We wouldn’t go ahead and call it a daily driver, but sure is one if you have pockets deep enough and an excellent cruiser with effortless power at that as well. The third generation of Audi RS 7 sedan has been around since 2019 and for 2023, what we get is an evolution of it, with no major update from the previous model year apart from the inclusion of remote park assist plus and black Dinamica headliner in the optional Executive package.

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2023 Audi RS 7 is set to retail for around $119,500 before you start equipping it with the bare minimum of features or packages. The all too familiar 600PS Twin-Turbo V8 still breaths under the hood and no one’s complaining. The 8-speed swift transmission and Quattro with rear-wheel steering are also here to stay. Even though there are few price comparable sport sedans for the 2023 RS 7 to go for here, the closes rivals we could think about are the BMW M8 Grand Coupe, the Mercedes AMG GT 63 4-Door sedan, and the Porsche Panamera GTS.


Features

Since the 2023 Audi RS 7 comes in as a standalone variant, you are pretty much limited on what you could ask for choices here. However, what you are not limited on is the options and packages which Audi has on offer in plenty. It is on you to decide on whether to go for the optional extras as in our opinion, even the standard Sedan has more creature comfort amenities on it than you would ever want, except for maybe the absence of some now-standard driver assistance features like cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitor and traffic sign recognition for which you have to spend an additional $2,250 which is just crazy, but not surprising, for this high of an asking price.

Since we don’t have a “Performance” variant listed as of now, the powertrain and drivetrain pretty much remain identical no matter how you spec the car. However, the listed starting price includes real-wheel-steering and adaptive air suspension which is a rather nice addition. Coming to the cabin, the 2023 Audi RS 7 serves you with everything you can ask for. For starters, you get the 3-high resolution display, a 4-zone climate control, sports steering wheel with heated function, full Valcona leather perforated upholstery with quilted stitching, heated, ventilated and power-adjustable sport bucket front seats, and a whole lot more. The exterior though unchanged gets Audis fancy dynamic lighting and laser headlamps, a full-size moon roof, power tailgate, retractable spoiler, chrome dual-tip exhaust, and some sporty RS element to top it all off.

Trims

RS 7

MSRP (FWD)

$119,500

Key Features

Audi MMI Navigation Plus with Audi Connect with a 10.1-inch top screen and an 8.6-inch bottom screen

 

Audi virtual cockpit

 

4-Zone climate control

 

Valcona perforated leather seats with honeycomb stitching and RS embossing

 

Heated and ventilated front seats

 

Flat bottom heated 3-spoke steering wheel with electronic tilt/telescopic functions

 

Dynamic steering and RS adaptive air suspension

 

HD Matrix design LED lights with Audi laser light

 

21-inch V-Spoke Star design wheels

The 2023 Audi RS 7 will also be offered a wide variety of exterior and interior packages at additional cost from the base pricing. Some of the available options include a Carbon optic package ($6,650), Gary Ceramic brake package ($8,500), RS design interior package ($1,500), Black exterior optic package ($2,750), Executive package ($2,500), Driver assistance package ($2,250), B&O premium audio package ($4,900), sports exhaust package ($1,000) and Dynamic ride control suspension ($1,250).

We Recommend

As already discussed, you are pretty much limited to options and packages as far as reconfigurability on the RS 7 goes. As we see it, the RS 7 is pretty good in stock format and the only thing that we feel missing is the v8 noise, which can be quenched with the $1,000 sports exhaust.

Release Date

Audi has not officially brought out any statement on the launch of the 2023 Audi RS 7. Since the updates on this sedan are rather minimal for this year, we should see a silent transition of the RS 7 to the 2023 model year with acceptance of orders starting in fall this year.

Engine and Performance

Having seen the Audi RS 7 doing all sorts of crazy things throughout these years, ‘speed’ is a term that we take for granted with this midsize super sedan these days. Though the visceral nature has seen a dip thanks to stringent emission norms and better cabin insulation/luxury, the RS 7 is and feels every bit as quick and fast as any 5,000-pound sedan has the right to be. With the fire-breathing twin-turbo V8 pushing out almost 591 horsepower at the crank and putting it onto the tarmac through all four wheels, you don’t expect anything less. The way that it lifts up its nose during standing pulls is a visual treat on its own, aural too, if you equip one with the sports exhaust.

Based on our tests, the Audi RS 7 is capable of easily hitting the 60 mph mark in 3.0 seconds. If you shod it with some sticky high-performance tires, you should see the numbers falling to the sub-3 second mark, which is supercar territory. The quarter-mile comes up in a rather respectable and swift 11.3 seconds an Audi will happily unlock the car to hit a top speed of 190 mph if you are willing to pay for that specific package. Apart from outright pace, the 2023 Audi RS 7, with its lightning-quick 8-speed automatic is also an effortless cruiser and this aspect would probably be the one that owners will be taking the most advantage of given its yacht-like composure on highways.

Model

2023 Audi RS 7

2023 BMW M8 Grand Coupe

2023 Mercedes AMG GT 63 4-Door Coupe

2023 Porsche Panamera GTS

MSRP

$119,500

$136,095

~$165,000

$136,200

Engine

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.4L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed PDK

Power (hp)

591 hp @ 6000 rpm

617 hp @ 6000 rpm

575 hp @ 5500 rpm

473 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque (lb.-ft)

590 lb.-ft. @ 2050 rpm

553 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

590 lb.-ft. @ 2350 rpm

457 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.0 seconds

2.8 seconds

3.3 seconds

3.7 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

11.3 seconds

10.8 seconds

11.5 seconds

11.7 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

190 mph

190 mph

193 mph

186 mph

Boasting some of the trickiest AWD launch control systems on the planet, the BMW M8 Grand Coupe slingshots itself to 60mph in 2.8 seconds and past the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds, making it the quickest sedan here. The higher output and lower curb weight is definitely helping it eke out the easy win. The Audi RS 7, though weighs 5,000 pounds wet, comes really close with a 3.0-second run while the similarly powered Mercedes AMG GT63 does the same in 3.3 seconds. The Porsche Panamera GTS is the only sedan here that doesn’t try to breach the 600hp territory and posts a slower (but plenty quick) 3.7 second run to 60 mph, which is respectable minding the fact that it is underpowered by at least 100 horses to the second least powerful sedan here.

2023 Audi RS 7 Ride and Handling 

The 2023 Audi RS 7 is certainly a fun car to drive and more so, a really comfortable one at that. Equipped with Audi’s adaptive air suspension, it rides almost 50 percent stiffer than the regular A7 sedan. This might sound a bit uncomfortable, however, to our surprise, the ride is rather good in its softest setting and glides through most of the undulations with poise, sending little or no disturbances to the driver seat. Bigger bumps are felt, but nothing to complain about given the overall sporty intent of the car.

Taking about sportiness, the 2023 Audi RS 7 is a great handler, but not exceptional like something like the M5 Competition. The dynamic steering, though a bit weird feeling at first go, falls into hand rather quickly and really makes you love its responsiveness when entering a corner at high speeds once you get a hang of it. There is not a lot of feel from this unit, but the 21-inch standard wheels with stock summer tires do a great job of keeping the nose where you want it to be, at least on nominal paces. In all, the RS 7 does not come out as the sportiest handling sedan out there but definitely is one of the most fun sedans that equally prioritize comfort as it does agility.

2023 Audi RS 7 Braking Performance 

Weighing in over 5,000 pounds with the driver, the brakes on the 2023 Audi RS 7 sure do go through hell. However, though a bit late on the bite, they do perform their job rather well. The 16.5/14.6 front/rear rotor setup with the 6-piston calipers at the front anchors down this behemoth from 60mph in a rather impressive 101 feet. Although the stability systems start making all kinds of noises during emergency braking, the car stays pinned on its line with a minimal nosedive. Also, if the regular stoppers are not working for you, there is always an option to go for the 10-piston caliper and 17.3-inch carbon ceramic disc front brake combo to bring down that stopping distance to under 100 feet, which honestly, is an $8,500 expensive overkill for any sort of driving purposes except on track.

Model

2023 Audi RS 7

2023 BMW M8 Grand Coupe

2023 Mercedes AMG GT 63 4-Door Coupe

2023 Porsche Panamera GTS

Brake Rotors (front) (in.)

16.5

15.6

15.2

15.4

Brake Rotors (front) (in.)

14.6

15

14.2

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

4938 lbs

4480 lbs

~4710 lbs

4561 lbs

60-0 (ft)

101 feet

100 feet

104 feet

104 feet

Even though the 2023 Audi RS 7 has the most impressive hardware on offer here, it narrowly loses to the BMW M8 Grand Coupe owing to the fact that it has around 500 more pounds in curb weight to carry around. The Mercedes AMG GT 63 sedan and the Porsche Panamera GTS meanwhile have identical (almost) braking hardware but the Merc does weigh a fair bit more than the Porsche. However, to our surprise, the GT3 still managed to post a stopping distance of 104 feet which is identical to the GTS despite the slight hardware and weight disadvantage.

Fuel Economy

Housing a fire-breathing V8 that is rated for almost 600 ponies, fuel economy is something you struggle with on the 2023 Audi RS 7, as with any other sporty sedans in this category. Though the highway efficiency of 21 mpg does look rather impressive on a sports car, the combined ratings do come down to 17mpg in ideal conditions, which in our experience translates to under 15mpg in real-world conditions. This combined with a small 19.3-gallon fuel tank, the 2023 Audi RS 7 will have a hard time crossing the 400 miles mark with a tank full of gas.

Model

2023 Audi RS 7

2023 BMW M8 Grand Coupe

2023 Mercedes AMG GT 63 4-Door Coupe

2023 Porsche Panamera GTS

MPG (city)

14

15

16

15

MPG (highway)

21

22

21

21

MPG (combined)

17

17

18

17

Fuel capacity (gallons)

19.3

20.1

21.1

23.7

Range (City, highway, combined, in miles)

270.2/405.3/328.1

301.5/442.2/341.7

337.6/443.1/379.8

355.5/497.7/402.9

The fuel economies do not vary that drastically between the competition cars. While the BMW M8 Grand Coupe performs slightly better on the highways, the Mercedes AMG GT 63 does better within the city thanks to more available ratios in the G-Tronic transmission. The Porsche Panamera GTS on the other hand gets the biggest fuel tank here which measures in at 23.7 gallons, helping it come out as the only sedan boasting a combined range of over 400 miles and a highway range of close to 500 miles.

Interior

The Audi RS 7 can be tagged as the creator of the modern all-display interiors, something that is seen on many cars these days. Be it for good or bad, there is no going back now and the trend even has started trickling down to even entry-level commuters. Even though the actual functionality levels of these units are a bare minimum, we can’t deny the fact that it brings in a high level of sophistication, tidiness, and modernity to the cabin. The 12.3-inch instrument cluster however has a really nice implementation and its high levels of reconfigurability come in rather handy.

Coming to the comfort side of things, the perforated leather seats on the RS 7 are such a delight to sit on, especially thanks to its standard heating and ventilation functions. It has got that hint of sportiness to hold you tight without giving a sensation of being cramped. The steering wheel and gear shifter are covered in leather, feels nice to touch, and falls into your hand pretty easily. Apart from the slightly constrained rear visibility, there is nothing to complain about the front seats. The rear seats are also equally good when it comes to comfort, but do have a slight compromise in legroom and also feel a bit cramped due to the sloping roofline despite the headroom being as generous as the front row. What is not constrained though, is the cargo area. The notchback lifts to expose a trunk area of around 25 cu-ft. which is easily one of the best we have seen from this class.

Model

2023 Audi RS 7

2023 BMW M8 Grand Coupe

2023 Mercedes AMG GT 63 4-Door Coupe

2023 Porsche Panamera GTS

Passenger Capacity

5

5

4

4

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

37/57.2/41.3

39.1/57.2/42.1

38.8/57.8/NA

NA

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

37.1/55.9/37

37.1/54.6/36.6

38.2/57.2/NA

NA

Cargo Capacity to the second row(cu.-ft)

24.6

15.5

NA

17.6

The BMW M8 Grand Coupe, boasting the longest wheelbase offers the best compromise of first and second-row space here. It also has the most headroom to offer which helps bring a sense of airiness to the cabin. However the tiny 15.5 cu-ft. trunk might just not be one of its highlights. The Mercedes AMG GT63 and the Audi RS 7 feels evenly matched in cabin space but the RS 7’s huge 24.6 cu-ft. trunk is something it will find hard to match. The Panamera GTS on the other hand feels like the sportiest sedan here, hence has the most cramped feeling in the cabin. Though it's 17.6 cu-ft. cargo area is better than what BMW offers, it is definitely far from the best in class.

Some standout interior features of the 2023 Audi RS 7 include:

  • 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit
  • Valcona perforated leather seats with honeycomb stitching and RS embossing
  • Heated and ventilated front seats with power adjustability
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with electronic adjustment
  • Standard 4-zone automatic climate control
  • Illuminated aluminum front door sills with RS badging
  • One-touch moonroof
  • Ambient lighting

How intuitive is the 2023 Audi RS 7’s infotainment system?

This basic infotainment setup endorsing Audi’s MMI system has been something we have been seeing on the RS 7 for quite some time now and it definitely does have a learning curve to it. It does take a lot of time to figure things out and even if you do, sliding your hands over a touchscreen for even basic functions of the climate control system is not the slickest of experiences. The system itself is one of the most advanced and responsive ones out there but still cannot match the intuitiveness of a physical button. However, we can’t deny the fact that this sort of implementation does boost functionality, and owners seem to love a bit of sophistication in their $120,000 sedan

Coming to the functionality side, this infotainment system does cover most of the basic and necessary features. Android Auto and Apple Carplay come in as a part of the standard equipment and so does an amazing-sounding B&O premium audio system. The unit has an inbuilt navigation system while SiriusXM is subscription based. The system also packs in a 360-degree camera, which we found to be very useful for puddling around the streets in this low, long, and wide sedan. One thing to note here is that these screens tend to be a bit reflective on sunny days and do collect a lot of fingerprints given that you are sliding your oily fingers over the glass-like surface all day.

Standout infotainment features available with the 2023 Audi RS 7:

  • Audi MMI system with 10.1-inch upper screen and 8.6-inch lower HVAC screen
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity
  • Bang and Olufsen 3D premium audio system
  • Bluetooth/ SiriusXM/ 4G LTE/ WiFi Hot Spot
  • Navigation
  • 360 surround camera with a top view
Exterior

A big-nosed Sportback with a low-riding stance, the 2023 Audi RS 7 is one built to grab attention, and from our experience, it does just that. The 21-inch high contrast wheels that whip around like a blade at city paces look just plain ‘sick’. The long hood, low roof, and gaping wheel arches housing those big wheels just mentioned scream extreme sportiness as well. The icing on the cake is Audi’s signature exterior lighting and those fancy pants dynamic lighting systems. Even though this feature is something we have been seeing for quite some time now, it still adds to that wow factor and an expensive car feeling, which it should exude at this price.

Coming to the exterior features, as we talked about just now, the 2023 Audi RS 7 gets serious lighting hardware with the proprietary HD Matrix headlamps with laser lights while the wraparound LED tail lamps get dynamic lighting functionality. The front and rear windows use dual pane acoustically sealed glasses. Additional features like a power panoramic moonroof, heated and power-operated side mirrors with memory function, power tailgate, and rear wheel steering are the most notable. The standard RS kit does offer blacked-out exterior elements, chrome exhaust tips, and a retractable spoiler, but you could always opt for the Carbon optics or black optics exterior design package for added flair at additional cost.

Model

2023 Audi RS 7

2023 BMW M8 Grand Coupe

2023 Mercedes AMG GT 63 4-Door Coupe

2023 Porsche Panamera GTS

Curb Weight (lbs)

4938

4480

~4710

4561

Length (in.)

197.2

200.9

199.2

199

Width (in.)

76.8

76.5

76.9

78.2

Height (in.)

56.1

55.9

57.3

55.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

NA

5.1

NA

NA

Wheelbase (in.)

115.3

119.2

116.2

116.1

Even though the 2023 Audi RS 7 is one of the smallest cars in comparison here, it is the heftiest and weighs a good 500 pounds more than the lightest car here. In stark contrast, the BMW M8 Grand Coupe though comes out as the biggest car in all exterior dimensions, weights the least. Though the AMG GT 63 and the Porsche Panamera are identical in wheelbase, the former feels ever so slightly bigger, more accommodating, and also heavier.

Some of the standout exterior features on the 2023 Audi RS 7 include:

  • HD matrix LED automatic headlamps with Audi laser light
  • LED tail lamps with dynamic blinkers
  • Heated and power-adjustable outside rear-view mirrors with memory
  • 21–inch V-Spoke design alloy wheels
  • One-touch panoramic moon roof.
  • Retractable spoiler
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Powered tailgate
Safety

Even though the 2023 Audi RS 7 itself has not undergone any sort of crash safety tests, the A7, the base sedan on which it is based has been rated a ‘Top Safety Pick+” by the IIHS for 2022. Given that both cars share similar underpinning except for the suspension, it is safe to assume that the RS 7 would perform similarly. However, one aspect we are not impressed with is the milted availability of standard driver assistance tech. The only equipment on offer is lane departure warning, auto emergency braking system, and basic Audi proprietary pre-sense systems. Features like a blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and even adaptive cruise control come in as a part of the optional package which is priced at over $2,250.

Some of the standout safety features available with the 2023 Audi RS 7 include:

  • Auto emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot detection (Available)
  • Adaptive cruise control (Available)
  • Traffic sign recognition (Available)
  • 3D Surround camera
Competition

2023 Audi RS 7 vs 2023 BMW M8 Grand Coupe

The Audi RS 7 gets an upfront advantage here for being the cheaper car here and that too by almost 15 grand. While the BMW M8 Grand Coupe does offer slightly better performance and cabin space compared to the RS 7, we don’t think that is enough reason to justify the price hike. We are well aware that the M8 Grand Coupe does come in as the better handling sedan here, but the Audi is almost as good and also offers a better overall experience thanks to it being less focused. Let’s not also forget the fact that the RS 7 is the better looker here as well. If it was the M5 Competition, we could have blindly chosen it over the RS 7, but given that the M8 Grand Coupe lacks any charm like the M5, it does come out as a hard buy for the extra money in demands for little in improvements over the Audi.

2023 Audi RS 7 vs 2023 Mercedes AMG GT63 4-Door

Both sedans here are one step down from the craziest performance sedan their individual manufacturer make and probably would be the most evenly matched two sedans here. The power and performance numerals are almost identical and both fall in a class that has the best compromise of comfort and agility. While the Mercedes AMG GT 63 comes in slightly bigger with better occupant space, the RS 7 offers a significantly bigger trunk. Both cars are similarly equipped here but the fit and finish on the Merc is a notch above the Audi, given the 45 or so grand premium it demands over the RS 7. Is it worth that money? Well, we will let you be the judge on that one.

2023 Audi RS 7 vs 2022 Porsche Panamera GTS

The Porsche Panamera GTS is the benchmark as far as good handling sporty 4-door coupes go. Although the outright performance figures look a bit disappointing for what it costs, it most definitely more than makes up for it with its sportscar-like agility. What it loses out on the straights, its gains in the corners! However, that is where all the fun ends as the Panamera GTS feels pretty cramped compared to the Audi RS 7. Although it has been marketed as a 4-seater, the rear seats definitely feel teeny and long drives at the back would not be something you want to do in this Porsche. Although the big fuel tank with class-leading range makes it look like a cruiser in front of the Audi, the only people having fun would be the ones seated in the front row. Also, the trunk is significantly smaller than what the Audi has, compromising practicality even further. We are not pointing out that the Audi is the better sedan here, but you should get your priorities right when getting the Panamera GTS.

Final Verdict

The Audi RS 7 has always been the prime player in the performance-luxury midsize sedan segment and also possibly the only one that has survived this long without losing much of its initial appeal. On that topic, the 2023 Audi RS 7 is undeniably a charmer and what makes more for its case is the lower starting prices, which is a good 16 grand cheaper than anything it competes against. Even though the current iteration is almost half a decade old now, a good part of it still feels modern and has competition still playing catch-up. It might have gotten a bit soft with the priority given to luxury in recent times, but it is plenty fast and genuinely fun. Some competitors are set to get some major updates this year, but if you are strict on the budget, the 2023 Audi RS 7 is pretty much the choice you have got, which we mean in no bad way.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$124545

body style

dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

244 cu in

horse power

281 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

590 lb.-ft. @ 2050 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic W/Overdrive

dimensions
length

197.3 in

wheelbase

114.8 in

width

75.2 in

curb weight

4497 lbs

Height

55.9 in

Ground Clearance

4.3 lbs

capacity
cargo volume

24.6 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

15/17/22 mpg

highway range

424.60 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4yr./ 50,000 mi.


Audi RS 7 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$109,518
5 Year Cost To Own
$122,070
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $122,070
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$13,325$10,722$8,761$9,821$8,576$51,205
Insurance$1,946$2,014$2,085$2,158$2,233$10,436
Fuel$3,546$3,652$3,762$3,874$3,991$18,825
Maintenance$313$1,812$2,021$4,314$1,979$10,439
RepairsNANANA$1,131$1,735$2,866
Financing Interest$5,890$4,737$3,506$2,194$793$17,120
Taxes and Fees$9,023$636$566$509$445$11,179
Total Cost-To-Own$34,043$23,573$20,701$24,001$19,752$122,070
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