The 2021 RS7 comes with a quattro sport differential as standard, as well as dynamic all-wheel steering and Audi’s RS adaptive air suspension.
The RS 7 Sportback is more than an all-out straight-line bruiser. It uses a 48-volt mild hybrid system with a belt-driven motor-generator that can recover energy and perform smooth stop/start restarts. The 4.0-liter V-8 is also capable of running on just four cylinders to conserve fuel during steady-state driving. An 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive also form part of the package.
Under the hood is an eight-cylinder turbo unit produces 591 HP (600 PS) to go with 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. That’s 147 HP and 147 lb-ft (200 Nm) more than the S7 variant, so in a straight line, you’ll be doing 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds.
The standard air suspension system has three modes, Auto, Comfort, and Efficiency. Opting for the available sport suspension with steel springs will swap in three-way adjustable dampers and Audi’s Dynamic Ride Control system that can compensate for roll and pitch while cornering.
The RS 7 comes standard with 10-spoke, star-design 21-inch cast aluminum wheels that mount 275/35 tires. A five-link aluminum suspension is used front and rear. The standard brakes feature internally ventilated and perforated steel rotors measuring 16.5 inches in the front and 14.6 inches in the rear. Carbon-ceramic brakes with even larger 17.3-inch front and 14.6-inch rear rotors provide more robust stopping power and shed 75 pounds of unsprung weight.
The interior is dressed with body-hugging sport seats covered in Valcona leather, specific displays for the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.1-inch infotainment screen, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and Nappa leather trim with embossed “RS” logos. More than 30 electronic driver assist features are also included, including adaptive cruise control, lane-change warnings, curb warnings, and a 360-degree camera system.
The Audi Rs 7 comes in one trim and has a starting price of $114,995.