An classy rocket ship
ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: I have to begin by saying $ 120K is R8 V8 money, so hold that in thoughts but if you really want a vehicle that’;ll do every thing, the S4 is no longer your steed. It has to be this RS 7.
Starting with the power, even a slickened sheet of ice, snow and water will not slow this point down. When you hit that throttle, the RS 7 goes like hell. And thanks to the massive, 21-inch winter tires it stops rather effectively, also. The brakes are appropriate in the sweet spot of currently being the 2 company and fair. A little press will get them seated in and yet another modest press scrubs velocity swiftly. When I was nearing residence on the expressway not too long ago, I was cruising at close to 80 mph, and cut into a lane where the vehicles were carrying out fifty 5. I calmly positioned my foot down, pressed about an inch, and I was proper in line with everyone else, zero drama.
The 560 horses plus the 8-velocity transmission make this one of the smoothest cruise missiles on the planet. Power is practically continual, only pausing minimally to bark in among gears. It also burps on downshifts, and on lift off.
And that sound! You’;d consider the American vehicles must make the very best V8 noises, but Mercedes and Audi have it down rather effectively. The roar from this RS 6 is basically epic.
With the crappy weather, it was tough to evaluate the steering of the RS 7 properly, but I can tell you about the suspension until finally the cows come residence. The 21-inch wheels and super low professional winter tires have been fantastic for going, stopping and turning unfortunately, any pothole larger than a quarter registered loudly in the cabin. And there are a ton of them. I identified myself wincing usually in discomfort with the car, and slamming on the breaks to dodge other people. This automobile would be 95 percent as good with smaller sized tires and 100 percent far more livable, at least in Michigan. If you’;re in the south or southwest, have at it my pal, you won’;t be disappointed.
You can see that the interior is just a minor much more tricked out than the A7, and even our extended-phrase S7. The speaker covers are a little nicer, the dash has a black woodgrain going on and the supplies are tight as a drum.
It’;s a helluva auto a buddy said that if income were no object, this would be his ride. He agreed that it does every thing except manage potholes.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: It’;d be tempting to say that the RS 6 is just an amped-up S7 — far more speed, more electrical power, and so on. And not entirely inaccurate: save for the substantial grille and vents on the front fascia, it truly is just like our S7 inside and out. In a subdued shade, the common commuter almost certainly wouldn’;t even search twice at it, which is a attribute to some.
But the similarities finish when you hit the ignition. The RS 7’;s engine (the same fundamental 4.-liter as the S7, give or consider 140 hp) is positively thunderous.
The rumbles are adequate to give you chills, and which is prior to you even put the auto in drive. Stomp on the fuel, and the slingshot-launch result observed on the S7 — I won’;t phone it lag, specifically, since you’;ll still blast from to 60 in 3.6 seconds — is nonetheless there. This car’;s engine is greatest appreciated when you are presently moving and want to be moving quicker. Possibly a lot, a lot quicker. You will want a good deal of room and a really very good radar detector to check out the complete likely of all 560 horses across all 8 gears.
I am certain the RS 7 would scorch dry pavement. Thankfully for us, it also seems to devour icy roads with no hesitation. Processors powerful enough to make Apollo system engineers envious are to be thanked for retaining everything in check out, but what of it? Any hands that nudged me along in a straight line appeared to perform reasonably unobtrusively in the background. They undoubtedly would have offered me a far more aggressive slap if I experimented with to whip a donut in a snowy parking great deal, but I could not find one. Up coming time…
The interior’;s clean and quite nicely assembled — I enjoy the restraint. There’;s no want to stick carbon fiber bits here and there if you’;re attempting to make a luxury performance sedan. Nor do you require Alcantara all over the place. This blend of wood and leather performs nicely.
If you are employed to Audi’;s electronic interfaces, you will not find something surprising right here. Controls are reasonably intuitive and straightforward to access although driving, but I’;d have see something a tiny distinct in this RS 6 model, something that lets you adjust drive modes with no scrolling via menus. I like buttons and rocker switches. Basic illuminated physical buttons, like people identified on Mercedes-Benz AMG merchandise, could add to the encounter here.
Then yet again, perhaps trusting the car’;s “auto” drive mode to sort things out isn’;t a poor thought right here in metropolitan Detroit Jake is undoubtedly appropriate about the car’;s efficiency on much less-than-ideal roads. You are certainly going to want to scan ahead for obstacles. The car will take care of potholes, but it’;ll relay its displeasure to you with a physical jolt and a sickening thud.
But if you want some thing that’;ll float more than crappy roads, acquire a Lexus. It is tough to believe of an additional functionality automobile with this stability of insane electrical power, capability and all-all around livability. Like the muscular Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon, it really is the kind of motor vehicle you can hoon on the way to and from the grocery shop or elementary college or load up with luggage for a weekend journey. Fold down the second-row seats and you could pretty much camp out in the back. You can dwell in your vehicle, but you can’;t drive your home, right after all.
Even the price tag does not seem so unreasonable when you appear at what constrained competition exists in this quasi-section.
At 560 hp you’;re somewhere in between the $ 142K Porsche Panamera Turbo and the $ 181k Panamera Turbo S (pre-alternatives, naturally). The sticker here, by comparison, looks like a steal. It truly is no contest in which seems are concerned, both. The RS 6 has an stylish, flowing liftback. The Panamera is, well, it seems to be like a beached orca.
I will not know if the quattro GmbH has the identify recognition of, say, AMG or BMW’;s M, but if it can preserve producing autos like this, it ought to. The RS7 is a refined, stylish rocket with just sufficient nods to practicality to justify it to pace-freak family males and women with a 6-figure pile of cash to burn up.
Definitely consider this one particular on for size.
2014 Audi RS 7
Base Price tag: $ 105,795
As-Examined Value: $ 122,545
Drivetrain: 4.-liter turbocharged V8 AWD, 8-pace automated
Output: 560 hp @ 5,700-6,600 rpm, 516 lb-ft @ one,750-5,500 rpm
Curb Bodyweight: 4,475 lb
Fuel Economic climate (EPA City/Highway/Combined): sixteen/27/19 mpg
AW Observed Fuel Economic climate: 10.1 mpg
Choices: Bang and Olfusen sophisticated sound method ($ 5,900) innovation package like head up show, night vision help ($ 2,800) layered aluminum/black wood interior inlays ($ 1,300) sport exhaust system with black finishers ($ 1,000) 21-inch 5-spoke blade-style wheels with summer tires ($ 1,000) Daytona gray pearl result paint ($ 500) electrical power soft-closing doors ($ 500)
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