The Audi RS7 2022 is a high-performance hatchback that is as bold as it is luxurious. Confused how something sexy and powerful shares the body style of something as frail and frail as a Chevy Spark? Well, as with the A7 and S7 variants on which the RS7 is based, Audi is booking these elegant four-doors with a hatch for added practicality. However, the RS6 Avant wagon is cheaper and more spacious. However, with this wide, twin-turbo V-8 engine making 591 horsepower, being alert and going fast are the RS7’s primary goals. While its explosive thrusters involuntarily curse passengers, and its sharp handling inspires the driver to smile, the hottest hatches never feel unruly or harsh. Instead, its interior exudes richness, pampering riders with rich trim and upscale features. As a result, the excellently priced 2022 RS7 is a quick expression of both enthusiasm and fortune, and ranks among our Editors’ Choice list.
What’s new for 2022?
For 2022, Audi is enhancing the RS7’s sporty profile with the new RS Design package that adds unique floor mats, black seat belts with red or gray trim, and more polished surfaces throughout the cabin, including on the new flat-top steering wheel. Additionally, the interior now comes standard with a carbon fiber look. The RS7’s suspension can be improved with the Dynamic Ride Control system, which is said to reduce body roll in corners and improve handling.
Pricing and which one to buy
Audi makes this easy since there’s only one RS7 to choose from and it’s extremely well-equipped with things like all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering, and adjustable air suspension. For maximum craziness, consider the Black Optics package that adds dark exterior trim and giant 22-inch wheels with summer performance tires. To unlock the best V-8 soundtrack, we also chose the sport exhaust.
Engine, transmission and performance
Power comes from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 paired with a 48-volt hybrid, eight-speed automatic transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive. All of these technologies make the RS7 heavier than the last generation model, which delivered up to 605 horsepower. However, with 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, the RS7 we tested shot to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. Want a slightly stronger dose of “Holy s**t” acceleration? Try the 617 hp BMW M5 Competition or the 603 hp Mercedes-AMC E63 S sedan; Both hit 60 mph at the 2.9 mark. The RS7 is fitted with an air suspension system with adaptive settings for varying levels of stiffness. However, it felt optimized regardless of driving mode, even rolling on our 22-inch rims (21 seconds is a standard). It is also worthwhile to bend into corners thanks to the balanced chassis and the added agility of the standard rear-wheel steering system. Crazy pace and unmistakably relaxed are accurate recipes for her impulsive personality. Although not opting for the carbon-ceramic brakes, which allow its top speed to be increased from 155 to 190 mph, the standard stoppers moved nearly 5,000 pounds of four-doors down from 70 mph in an impressive 151 feet.
Fuel economy and MPG in the real world
The powerful, albeit thirsty RS7 is expected to gain 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. We ran it on our highway of 75 mpg for fuel economy, part of our comprehensive test regime, and it returned 23 mpg in the real world. For more information on the RS7’s fuel economy, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website.
Interior, comfort and shipping
While the RS model shares interior design and passenger space with the regular A7, it also has some exclusive details and interesting options. Of course, the sturdy build quality and high-end materials are instantly recognizable. However, the RS7’s cabin is adorned with special emblems and other unique touches. The standard front sport seats have nice leather upholstery but can be refinished with improved leather and airy cushions. Its rear seat can seat two or three people, depending on the seat configuration chosen, and cargo space offers 19 cubic feet of space with the rear seats used and 49 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
Information, entertainment and communication
Each RS7 is equipped with a stylish infotainment system powered by two touchscreens that blend seamlessly with the upper instrument panel and flowing center console. Unfortunately, the climate controls and other settings that have to be addressed through the lower screen can draw the driver’s eyes off the road. To avoid this distraction, Audi’s voice recognition software comes in handy. Along with the powerful head-up display navigation system, which can be expanded in the all-digital gauge cluster, the RS7 comes with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. The top option is an expensive Bang & Olufsen stereo that pumps out 1,820 watts through 19 speakers.
Safety and driver assistance features
Aside from some basic active safety technologies, Audi offers a range of more advanced equipment as part of the driver assistance package. There is also an independent night vision option that provides great animal and pedestrian detection. For more information about RS7 crash test results, visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Key safety features include:
- Standard Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking
- Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Audi protects its products with a warranty plan that falls short of premium competitors in that it lacks free maintenance, something competitors like BMW and Jaguar include with every new model.
- The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- The powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No free scheduled maintenance
2021 Audi RS7 Sportback
Front Engine, 4WD, 4 Passenger, 4-Door Hatchback
Price as tested
$125,140 (base price: $115,045)
Twin-turbocharged and intercooler DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
244 inches33996 cm3
591 HP @ 6250 rpm
590 lb-ft @ 2050 rpm
8 speed automatic
Suspension (F / R): Multi-link / Multi-link
Brakes (F/R): 16.5-inch, cross-drilled / 14.6-inch grooved, cross-drilled disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, 285/30R-22 (101Y) AO
Wheelbase: 115.3 inches
Length: 197.2 inches
Width: 76.8 inches
Height: 56.1 inches
Passenger size: 95 feet3
Payload size: 25 feet3
Empty vehicle weight: 4,947 lbs
grandfather Test results
60 mph: 3.0 seconds
100 mph: 7.6 seconds
130 mph: 12.9 seconds
Rolling start, 5 to 60 mph: 4.2 seconds
Top speed, 30-50 mph: 2.5 seconds
Top speed, 50 to 70 mph: 3.0 seconds
1/4 mile: 11.3 seconds at 122 mph
Top speed (limited governor): 155 mph
Braking, 70 – 0 mph: 151 feet
Braking, 100 to 0 mph: 302 ft
Road Skateboard, 300ft Dia: 0.95g
Stop-start acceleration times ignore 1-foot start-up in 0.3 seconds.
grandfather fuel economy
Observed: 14 mpg
75 mpg highway driving: 23 mpg
Highway range: 440 miles
Fuel economy by the Environmental Protection Agency
Combined/city/highway: 17/15/22 mpg
grandfather Explanation of the test
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