Michael SimariCar and Driver
With 591 horsepower, the new 2021 Audi RS7 Sportback delivers both awesome performance and impressive refinement. But at $115,045 to start, we’d be hesitant to pay its $5K premium over the mechanically identical RS6 Avant wagon.
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With flared fenders that sit 1.7 inches wider than the lesser S7, the RS7 has stunning curb appeal.
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The RS7’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 is tuned at 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
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With launch control activated, the RS7 blasts to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at 122 mph.
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The RS7’s interior is tastefully simplistic and highlighted by 10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower touchscreens.
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The RS7 comes standard with air springs and rear-axle steering. On the skidpad, the RS7 stuck at 0.95 g.
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Despite rolling on optional 22-inch wheels wrapped in 30-series Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires, the RS7’s ride quality is shockingly compliant.
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Massive 16.5-inch iron front rotors clamped by 10-piston calipers help stop the RS7 from 70 mph in just 151 feet.
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At $115,045 to start, the RS7 is $5000 more expensive than the more practical and almost-as-quick RS6 Avant wagon.
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Opting for the RS7’s optional carbon-ceramic brake rotors costs an additional $8500 but raises its governed top speed from 155 mph to a claimed 190.
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