First Drive Review of 2014 Audi RS7

Last Updated on March 15, 2014 by Amir Arif

The people who take good interested in all-wheel drive would love to dip into the detailed review of 2014 Audi RS7. It is a sleek and speculator drive with advanced styling modifications, impressive 20-inch wheels, powerful turbocharged 560-hp V-8,  eight-speed automatic transmission, a 174-mph top speed and five-doors setting.


It’s good to first dip into its 4.0-liter turbocharged 560-hp V8 engine that exhausts and glows a bright orange with heat; it’s time to see the amazingly capability of powertrain engineering. Jurgen Koenigstedt developed both Audi V-8 and V-10 and  he is a creative man behind incredible engines that employ 8700-rpm 5.2-liter mill in R-8. His best handi-work can also been seen in twin-turbocharged V8 that has 10 cylinder both in power   (560 hp) and torque (516 lb-ft).  V-8 along with turbos and air-to-water intercoolers is inserted into  vee and hide below a heat-shielded cover. Two black intake pipes move out from there and touch the front of engine just to tight it. Both pipes turn at 90 degree from front of engine and snake into cylinder heads.This compact step bring improvement into throttle response and also minimizes lag. Good thing about V-8 is that it doesn’t consume too much fuel. Actually it can run in 2.0 liter V-4 mode by making use of active engine and transmission mounts and thereby makes 19/26 mpg city/highway fuel economy simply possible. This engine doesn’t make use of gas and no need to pay gas guzzler tax.

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RS7 is made of steel and almost 20 percent of Aluminum, RS means Really Speedy and 7 indicates A7– a car on which this vehicle is based. Audi claims that RS7 lets the driver to enjoy an electronically limited top speed ranging from 174 mph to 190 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.7 seconds. It is interesting to note that Audi S8 crossed 60mph in just 3.5 seconds while it is heavier and less powerful than RS 7 then how that is possible that a more powerful and lighter car covers same 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. It seems that Audi is likely being humble while claiming for the speed of R S7. Depending on the option package selection, RS7’s can let the driver to enjoy top speed at t 155 mph, 174 mph, or 190 mph. It has been told that it also lets driver to gain speed at 200 mph when he runs the car on very high tire pressures, this would definitely degrade available grip. However, 190 mph is more than sufficient, no need to increase pressure on tire just when you are in hurry.

S7 is featured with Audi’s own seven speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that is less powerful than RS 7’s gear box and can’t handle heavy twists. Audi integrated ubiquitous ZF-sourced eight-speed torque-converter automatic into RS 7. The design of this box is traditional but it functions smoothly. It provides quick automatic up/down shifts when we need the most. However, manual shifting of gearbox isn’t very desirable; driver needs to do some practice with it. He has to tap the upshift paddle just before the redline otherwise he can’t expect quick response.

Audi RS7 brings multiple driving modes, Dynamic seems to be the toughest one. When you turn it on, engines get shaped and you would surprise to see the amazing response of chassis for this large hatchback. The weight of Chassis is 4500-ish-pound but it is still athletic and responsive. This vehicle lets you to also use a comfy option of adaptive air suspension whenever you like. A look on interior of RS7 makes it clear that Audi is quite conscious about the classy setting.This all-wheel drive is well-equipped and spacious inside.

In case you are interested to know about its major shortcoming that all fingers point toward the integration of the head-up display. It seems that interior designer forget to check this part since it is only an eyesore in such a beautiful and chic interior. Though Audi paid attention to interior yet its full attention was on performance and speed; and this focus makes Audi RS7 “Powerful and Chic”.

So, when you are going for your first drive of Audi RS7?

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