2016 Audi RS7 Performance Review

2016 Audi RS7 Performance Review - We truly, truly like the Audi RS7-- like, if we went to grade school with it, we 'd pass it enjoy notes until we ran out of paper. The RS7 is the ne plus ultra member of a lineup that likewise includes the A7 as well as S7 that earned spots on our 10Best Automobiles listings in 2012, 2013, and 2014-- vehicles that remain our leading picks in the curious luxury-four-door-coupe segment. For more proof of our crush, the RS7 also won the only C/D contrast test in which it took part. However that comparo happened a long period of time ago in car years-- greater than two!-- and Audi has actually because updated the model for 2016, primarily with cosmetic tweaks and technology enhancements. Its success led us to call the current version "one of the best efficiency cars (well, hatchbacks) of all time.".

2016 Audi RS7 Performance Review

And also currently there's a new top-spec version, the RS7 Performance, that has 45 even more horses under the hood as well as a slew of flashy fillips. Looter alert: We fell hard for this, also.

The smooth 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the 2016 Audi RS7 Performance Efficiency creates a robust 605 horsepower, just five less than the 5.2-liter V-10 in the blazing-fast R8 supercar, actually. Its 553 lb-ft of torque outmuscles the R8 by 140 lb-ft as well as the non-Performance RS7 by 37. The added outcome comes mostly from a brand-new overboost function as well as various turbocharger generators, however the Efficiency's V-8 also has modified valve timing, new exhaust shutoffs, various camshafts, higher-efficiency radiators, and also a reprogrammed control device. (The brand-new S8 And also has the very same 605-hp engine, but that car is tuned a lot more for refinement versus the more-frenetic RS7.) As you would certainly anticipate, after that, there's lots of thrust offered, regularly, and also it's impossible to keep from smiling like a pinhead throughout high-speed passing maneuvers and full-throttle rollicks away from traffic lights. Zipping around sweeping on-ramps is fun, as well, the charming perforated steering wheel transferring solid signals of the relationship between the meaty front tires as well as the sidewalk.

2016 Audi RS7 Performance Review

The eight-speed automatic-- remapped for this amped-up application-- is an anxious accomplice. Couple of paddle-shifted vehicles force us to utilize their paddles, yet the RS7 is a various creature; it's highly pleasing to have this exceptional drivetrain at your direct command. The transmission changes quickly when you thwack the ideal paddle, and the engine roars like a wild animal, fierce and to life. Upshifts merely mean even more velocity stacking into the speedometer, completely around a stated top speed of 190 mph. Downshifts are just as scintillating, the needle flinging up the tach and also the exhaust burbling viciously.

The RS7 Performance comes standard with the sporting activity exhaust that's optional on the 560-hp RS7. That less-powerful 2016 Audi RS7 Performance will continuously be readily available, as well as Audi of America directors figure the sales split will be 50/50. The $20,100-dearer RS7 Efficiency is really a good deal, considering that it features carbon-ceramic brakes that aren't readily available on the base auto, along with some classy visual upgrades and the delicious engine modifications.

One note: As is type of a trend of late-- witness Dodge's two-key method for its Hellcat items-- the RS7 doesn't enable its full fierceness to be accessed promptly. One should be in Dynamic mode and/or have the transmission in the manual or sport positions in order to dip into the complete 605 equines. Doing so additionally makes the throttle tip-in quite sensitive, so you may intend to maintain it in the 560-hp mode if, claim, you're shuttling your in-laws house from supper. The Efficiency likewise obtains Dynamic Trip Control suspension (DRC), which is part of the $3500 Dynamic package on the routine RS7 and trades out that vehicle's air suspension for sportier steel springtimes. The DRC dampers are linked diagonally throughout the auto with hydraulic liquid, significantly enhancing strike angles throughout cornering. The RS7 is the only present Audi with DRC, although we have actually formerly experienced it in the RS4, RS5, and RS6.

According to Stephan Reil, head of technical advancement at Audi's Quattro GmbH performance department, the DRC suspension would certainly help the RS7 circle the Nürburgring three or four secs quicker compared to an 2016 Audi RS7 Performance on air springs. Consider the extra horsepower, he claims, and the RS7 Efficiency need to turn in a time 5 to 7 seconds quicker compared to the base RS7. When pressed, Reil says the 'Ring time would be "method under 8 minutes-- concerning seven-fifty.".

Audi reckons the Performance design is one-tenth of a second quicker to 60 miles per hour, so 3.6 seconds versus 3.7. The only time we strapped our examination tools to an RS7, during that 2013 comparison examination, we published a 3.4-second time. So yeah, this automobile absolutely did not need one more 45 horse power. It did require much better chassis control-- as we kept in mind after putting an RS7 with our Lightning Lap gantlet-- and the DRC suspension definitely aids because regard.

Mentioning racetracks, we reached attempt the über-RS7 on the Daytona International Speedway roadway program on the day before the Rolex 24. Without breaking a sweat, the RS7 broke 135 mph on the backstretch before the Bus Quit chicane as well as held 115 miles per hour on the high-banked turns. The RS7 had a whole lot more in it, but we want to press a car only so difficult on our first-ever lap on any circuit. We pled-- unsuccessfully-- for more track time, which additionally would certainly have suggested much more time with the auto. After all, we really, really like the Audi RS7. Add this to the pile of passion notes.

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