2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$110,700 - $129,500

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Overview

In addition to luxury and performance, 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan also delivers excellent comfort coupled with up-to-date technology. Offering an impressive powertrain with a seamless transmission and a powerful AWD setup is simply superb.

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Pros

Nice interior with latest gizmos

Practical hatchback style

Powerful engine

Comfortable to drive

Cons

Less comfortable ride

Limited rear headroom

What's New?

Boasts more power from the V8 engine

Powerful carbon-ceramic brakes.

Apple CarPlay\/Android Auto compatibility

Optional dynamic sport suspension is not available now


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$110700

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

4

top speed

190 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

244 cu. in.

horsepower

560 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

516 lb.-ft. @ 1750 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

114.8 in.

length

197.3 in.

width

75.2 in.

height

55.8 in.

curb weight

4497 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

24.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.3 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

4.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/25 mpg

highway range

495 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan in Panther Black Crystal Effect color  2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan in Prism Silver Crystal Effect color  2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan in Sepang Blue Pearl Effect color  2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan in Nardo Gray color  2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan in Mythos Black Metallic color  2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan in Misano Red Pearl Effect color  2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan in Glacier White Metallic color  2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan in Florett Silver Metallic color
Panther Black Crystal Effect

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine

9.5

Fuel Economy

6.1

Interior

8.7

Exterior

9.7

Driving

8.9

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan Prestige quattro

Prestige quattro

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$110,700

Configurations
Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
Seating: 4 HP: 560-hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque: 516 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (15/18/25)

 2017 Audi RS 7 Sedan performance Prestige quattro

performance Prestige quattro

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$129,500

Configurations
performance Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
Seating: 4 HP: 605-hp @ 6,100 rpm
Torque: 516 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (15/18/25)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 6, 2018

8.4

Overall Rating


7.5/10
Features

 

9.5/10
Engine

 

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.7/10
Interior

 

9.7/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Audi RS7 Sedan is well-known for a sleek build and 20-inch wheels with aggressive styling mods. The 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan comes with all these feats plus a further refining. RS7 is much identical to an R8 supercar in terms of excellent acceleration and a power-packed performance. It comes with one of the best all-wheel-drive systems available in the market. Of course, the six-figure price isn't pocket-friendly, yet the ride is worth every penny.

The 2017 incarnation of the Audi RS7 Sedan features a mighty 4.0L TFSI 8-cylinder engine along with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The spectacular engine generates 560 hp of power in addition to a remarkable 516 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission is seamless and each gear supports a speedy acceleration. 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan features a lowered suspension, allowing the passengers to enjoy a jolt-free ride on most of the surfaces.

Audi RS7 Sedan comes with an initial price-tag of $110,700. 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan competes with the likes of AMG C63 Sedan and Porsche Panamera Turbo. RS7 Sedan leads the pack in terms of power, while Panamera Turbo stays on top of all for the total torque delivered. 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan outshines the competition in terms of capacious storage space, impeccable styling, and classy interiors.

Features

7.5/10

2017 Audi RS7 Sedan comes in a total of 2 trim options, namely Prestige and Performance Prestige. The opening bid for the Prestige trim is $110,700, while for the Performance Prestige trim it is $129,500. Additionally, there are several optional packages and upgrades to choose from.

Trim Prestige Performance Prestige
MSRP $110,700 $129,500
Key

 

Features

  • Automatic w/Driver Control Height Adjustable Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Sport Tuned Adaptive Suspension
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Door Auto-Latch
  • LED Brakelights
  • Radio: Audi MMI Navigation Plus w/AM/FM -inc - USB Audi music interface (replaces proprietary iPod cable w/USB ports)
  • Streaming Audio
  • Audio Theft Deterrent
  • BOSE Surround Sound System -inc: subwoofer
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Inrix Xd Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
  • Audi connect Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
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  • Sport Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
  • Heated RS Sport Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power front seats w/driver memory, lumbar adjustment, and RS7 embossing
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, and Panic Button
  • Voice Activated Dual Zone Front And Rear Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Radio: Audi MMI Navigation Plus w/AM/FM -inc USB Audi music interface (replaces proprietary iPod cable w/USB ports)
  • Audio Theft Deterrent
  • BOSE Surround Sound System -inc: subwoofer
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Inrix Xd Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display

Prestige trim features a galore of standard features. Permanent locking hubs, LED brake lights and audio theft deterrent is some of the many standard features. Moreover, the trim comes with Inrix Xd Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display to enhance and simplify the driving experience. A BOSE Surround Sound System is available along with a sub-woofer to make any ride enjoyable.

Performance Prestige packs all the standard features available with the Prestige trim. It further introduces a number of standard features. The trim comes with a voice-activated dual zone front and rear automatic air conditioning as well as illuminated entry and a panic button. Furthermore, the RS7 Sedan trim allows for remote keyless entry with an integrated key transmitter. A sports leather steering wheel also comes as a standard feature.

Engine

9.5/10

"Unleashing all 605 horses requires that the car’s driving mode be in the Dynamic setting or that the eight-speed automatic transmission’s Sport or Manual mode be selected." -CarandDriver

Engine & Transmission

The 2017 incarnation of the Audi RS7 Sedan flaunts a 4.0 TFSI 8-cylinder engine. It is capable of producing 560 hp of power and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, the ride relies on an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Porsche Panamera Turbo also features an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. The ride comes with a 4.0L Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine, capable of delivering 550 hp of power and 567 lb.-ft. of torque.

Models Audi RS7 Prestige Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo
MSRP $110,700 $65,200 $146,900
Engine 4.0 TFSI 8 Cylinder 4.0L turbocharged 8-cylinder 4.0L Twin-Turbocharged V8
Transmission 8-speed automatic 7-Speed Automatic 8-speed automatic
Horsepower 560 hp 469 hp 550 hp
Torque 516 lb-ft 479 lb-ft 567 lb-ft

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan also boasts a 4.0L turbocharged 8-cylinder engine. However, it generates merely 469 hp of power and 479 lb.-ft. of torque. Unlike, its class rivals, the engine is coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission mode.

Acceleration

2017 Audi RS7 shoots to 60 MPH in an impressive 3.7 seconds. Comparatively, Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 takes 4.6 seconds in doing so. Porsche Panamera Turbo, on the other hand, accelerates to 60 MPH in 3.6 seconds i.e. 0.1-second faster than the Audi RS7. However, Audi RS7 beats Panamera Turbo in covering a quarter-mile. Audi RS7 and Panamera Turbo cover a quarter-mile in 11.3 and 11.5 seconds, respectively.

Models Audi RS7 Prestige Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo
0-60 MPH 3.7 sec 4.6 sec 3.6 sec
Quarter mile 11.3 sec 11.9 sec 11.5 sec
Engine 4.0L 4.0L 4.0L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.8 8.4 8.4

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan takes 11.9 seconds for covering a quarter-mile. CO2 emission value for both AMG C63 and Porsche Panamera Turbo is 8.4. Audi RS7, on the contrary, has a higher CO2 emission value of 9.8.

Ride and Handling

No matter what driving scenario is there, 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan is destined to champion it. There's no audible noise even when the ride is running at a high, steady pace on highways. In fact, it is one of the quietest cars available. And that so even after being equipped with gigantic, high-performance tires. With a simple flick of the foot, you are able to effortlessly accelerate to higher speeds. Switching gears are simply seamless.

2017 Audi RS7 Sedan's combination of lavish luxury and a face-fattening acceleration is simply unmatchable. Around curves, the coupe is confidently stable and boasts a tenacious grip. Despite being a big car, the marvelous all-wheel-drive system enables one to tackle corners with an astounding ease. The only exception where the 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan shows signs of helplessness is while going all-out on very tight roads.

Braking

2017 Audi RS7 Sedan comes with a bigger 15.4-inch front brake and a smaller 14-inch rear one. Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan also comes with a 15.4-inch front brake. Porsche Panamera Turbo offers the biggest front brake, measuring 16.1 inches, in the class. In comparison to the Audi RS7, AMG C63 Sedan comes with a slightly bigger 14.2-inch brake. Porsche Panamera Turbo, yet again, offers the biggest rear brake of 15 inches among its class rivals.

Model Audi RS7 Prestige Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo
Brake Front (in.) 15.4 15.4 16.1
Brake Rear (in.) 14.0 14.2 15.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4497 3782 4398
60-0 MPH (ft.) 101.0 106.0 111.0

The braking system in 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan is simply impressive. It is well-balanced and powerful. It enables the ride to come to a full halt in a remarkably shorter distance of 101 feet when decelerated from 60 MPH. Comparatively, AMG C63 requires 106 feet for doing so. Porsche Panamera Turbo, on the other hand, is even worse with a requirement of 111 feet for halting.

Fuel Economy

6.1/10

2017 Audi RS7 offers 15 mpg in cities and 25 mpg on highways. It delivers an unimpressive combined fuel economy of 18 mpg. Porsche Panamera Turbo offers a somewhat better combined fuel economy of 21 mpg. Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan also runs 21 miles per gallon of gas.

Model Audi RS7 Prestige Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo
MPG (city) 15 18 18
MPG (highway) 25 25 25
MPG (combined) 18 21 21

Both Panamera Turbo and AMG C63 delivers 18 and 25 mpg of city and highway mileage, respectively.

Interior

8.7/10

"Inside, the Performance largely mirrors the standard RS7. Heavily bolstered seats hug the driver and front passenger, while the thick-rimmed, three-spoke steering wheel is the model by which all others should be judged."-CarandDriver

Seating and Comfort

2017 Audi RS7 Sedan offers a passenger capacity of 4. Headroom, shoulder room and legroom available in the front of the ride is 36.9, 57.2 and 41.3 inches, respectively. Shoulder room is the most among the class rivals but headroom and legroom are the least. Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan offers the most headroom at 40.9 inches. Most legroom in the segment is offered by the Porsche Panamera Turbo, 43.1 inches.

Model Audi RS7 Prestige Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo
Passenger capacity 4 5 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.9/57.2/41.3 40.9/55.3/41.7 37.9/54.6/43.1
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.6/55.9/37.0 37.1/55.3/35.2 34.5/2.0/32.4

Back seat of the RS7 Sedan is much spacious. Headroom, shoulder room and legroom available in the rear of the Audi RS7 is 36.6, 55.9 and 37 inches, respectively. Both headroom and legroom are the most available among the class rivals. Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 offers the most headroom of 37.1 inches, while Panamera Turbo offers the least, 34.5 inches. Porsche Panamera Turbo also has the least rear legroom of 32.4 inches in the league.

Infotainment System

The 2017 incarnation of the Audi RS7 Sedan features Audi's proprietary Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system. Various functions and features of the system are controlled via a dash-mounted 7-inch digital display. Another way to control the system is by using the control dial present on the center console. Bluetooth, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity is available in addition to the 14-speaker BOSE Premium Sound System.

The infotainment system flaunts clear graphics, logical menus and a touchpad for enhancing functionality. Compared to other infotainment systems, MMI is difficult, to begin with. However, once you've got the hang of it, you will love it. MMI infotainment system also provides support for voice-controlled navigation. 2017 Audi RS7 also flaunts a standard heads-up display, giving out key vehicle information like speed and turn-by-turn navigation directions.

Interior Features

Three qualities are prevalent in the interiors of the 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan. These are an eye-pleasing detailing, top-quality materials use, and an intricate and concise construction. Major interior feats to the racing coupe are:

  • RS-specific carbon-fiber inlays and thoughtfully-designed aluminum pedals
  • Ambient LED lighting
  • Full comfortable sports-styled seats
  • Optional Comfort Seating package offers massaging  seats
  • Abundant legroom
  • Huge trunk space
  • Valcona leather seating with honeycomb stitching

Cargo Capacity

2017 Audi RS7 Sedan single-handedly outshines the competition in terms of cargo capacity. The ride offers 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seat up. The nearest competitor to the coupe is the Porsche Panamera Turbo with 17.4 cubic feet of the same. Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan offers a mere 12.6 cubic feet of cargo storage.

Model Audi RS7 Prestige Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo
Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3) 24.5 12.6 17.4
Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3) 49.1 N/A 46.0

Porsche Panamera Turbo boasts 46 cubic feet of storage space with rear seat folded. Once again, Audi RS7 leads with 49.1 cubic feet of the same. Cargo space with rear seat folded isn't available with the Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 Sedan.

Exterior

9.7/10

Dimension and Weight

The 2017 iteration of the Audi RS7 has length, width and height of 197.3, 75.2 and 55.8 inches, respectively. Porsche Panamera Turbo is slightly longer with a total length of 198.8 inches. Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Sedan, on the other hand, is shorter with 187 inches in length. Panamera Turbo is wider than the RS7 Sedan with a width of 76.3 inches. AMG C63 has a width of 72.4 inches. Height for Panamera Turbo and AMG C63 is 56.1 and 56.5 inches, respectively.

Model Audi RS7 Prestige Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 sedan Porsche Panamera Turbo
Curb weight (lbs.) 4497 3782 4398
Length(in) 197.3 187 198.8
Width(in) 75.2 72.4 76.3
Height(in) 55.8 56.5 56.1
Ground clearance (in) 4.3 5.1 5.4
Wheelbase (in) 114.8 111.8 116.1
Track width (in) F/R 64.3/64.0 63/61 65.2/64.5

2017 Audi RS7 is a heavy ride with a total curb weight of 4497 lbs. Porsche Panamera Turbo is 99 lbs. lighter, with curb weight totaling to 4398 lbs. AMG C63 Sedan is much lighter with a curb weight of 3782 lbs. Ground clearance for the Audi RS7 is 4.3 inches. Porsche Panamera Turbo has the most ground clearance of 5.4 inches in the competition. AMG C63 has a ground clearance of 5.1 inches. Audi RS7 supports a wheelbase of 114.8 inches.

Exterior Features
2017 Audi RS7 Sedan draws elements from A7 and S7 fastback sedans. For instance, RS7 shares its long sloping profile with the A7. Despite borrowing a number of visual elements of the A7 and S7, RS7 has its own unique visuals. Important exterior feats belonging to the 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan are:

  • MassiveSingleframe grille with revised lower front valence and expanded air intakes
  • Headlights with unique LED and darkened-trim designs
  • Giant rear exhaust outlets
  • Power Moonroof
  • Standard 21-inch titanium-finish wheels
  • Retractable rear spoiler
  • Optional Carbon Optics package
  • Aggressively raked roofline
  • Practical, hatchback design

 

Safety

Neither NHTSA nor IIHS ratings are available for the 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan. The ride comes with a few safety and security features. The list includes Audi pre sense basic forward collision technology, and front and rear parking sensors.

Airbags are available for the driver as well as the passengers. Moreover, there is also an airbag occupancy sensor in place. ABS and Driveline Traction Control are also available with the 2017 incarnation of the Audi RS7. Rear child safety locks are also present.

Safety Features

  • Audi pre sense basic Forward Collision
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Rear Child Safety Locks

IIHS and NHTSA have not rated this car yet.

Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 Sedan vs Audi RS 7

Though not a prime competitor, 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan receives competition from the AMG C-63 Sedan. The ride flaunts a 4.0L turbocharged 8-cylinder engine complemented by a 7-speed automatic transmission mode. The 4.0L turbocharged engine is capable of generating 469 hp of power and even better 479 lb.-ft. of torque. Although the ride takes 4.6 seconds to hit the 60 MPH, it covers a quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds.

With a curb weight of 3782 lbs., AMG C63 Sedan is much lighter than the Audi RS7. Even Porsche Panamera Turbo is comparatively heavier with a curb weight of 4398 lbs. Mercedes-Benz AMG C-63 Sedan is able to come to a complete halt during panic braking at 106 feet while decelerated from 60 MPH. The ride delivers a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg, better than that of the Audi RS7 Sedan. AMG C63 Sedan supports a ground clearance of 5.1 inches.

Porsche Panamera Turbo vs Audi RS 7

2017 Audi RS7 Prestige receives a formidable competition from the Porsche Panamera Turbo. The ride features a 4.0L Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine, capable of generating 550 hp of power and 567 lb.-ft. of torque. The hearty engine is coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Panamera Turbo reaches 60 MPH in 3.6 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds. It has a CO2 emission value of 8.4, while the same for RS7 Sedan is 9.8.

Pricing options for the Porsche Panamera Turbo start from $146,900. The coupe is 99 lbs. less heavy than that of the RS7 Sedan. Despite having bigger brakes than that of the 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan, Panamera Turbo takes 111 feet to stop while decelerated from 60 MPH. Comparatively, Audi RS7 Prestige stops in only 101 feet. Nonetheless, Porsche Panamera Turbo offers a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg. For RS7 Sedan, it is 18 mpg.

Final Verdict

No matter where you take the 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan, it will remain to be the most awe-inspiring vehicle. The ride has an appearance that can make people stop for allowing a good gaze to it. Moreover, the eye-pleasing looks are backed by a power-packed performance and luxurious interiors. Anyone behind the wheel of Audi RS7 is sure to wow from speedy acceleration and the precise cornering capability the ride packs.

In addition to luxury and performance, 2017 Audi RS7 Sedan also delivers excellent comfort coupled with up-to-date technology. Offering an impressive powertrain with a seamless transmission and a powerful AWD setup is simply superb. No matter what trim you choose, you are sure to have a wonderful driving experience. Not only the sports coupe is excellent for accelerating to fast speeds during highway cruises, but it is also a practical commuter vehicle.

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