2014 Audi RS 7 Quick Take: Heavy on Power and Refinement
Pop quiz time: Which is Audi's most powerful offering currently? If you said the R8, we wouldn't blame you but, you're wrong. It's what's pictured above - the 2014 RS 7. A 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine, rated at 560 horsepower 516 lb-ft of twist, jets the RS 7 from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. An 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission is responsible for rowing through the gears and Audi's legendary Quattro all-wheel drive keeps the tires on the pavement. This system, paired with what's under the RS 7's hood, pushes you into your chair when taking a corner at speed while simultaneously inspiring confidence. As you exit the turn, the sport exhaust lets out a burp in between gear changes as you gain speed again.
Some cars on the road today have the speed and ability to make things in the rearview mirror shrink fast. The 2014 Audi RS 7 is one of those cars. On more than one occasion, as is the case in Los Angeles traffic, we got caught behind a driver more concerned with everything except driving. Not to worry though, a simple tip in of the throttle and a lane change alleviates the problem quickly.
More than just raw power
As tested, the 2014 Audi RS 7 commands a $122,545 price tag including $16,550 in optional add-ons and an $895 destination charge. Like that Daytona Gray pearl color? That'll be $500, please. The optional Bang & Olufsen sound system makes you hear sounds that you don't get when listening to a song on, say, anything else, but it'll set you back to the tune of $5,900. The optional sport exhaust and 21-inch 5-spoke blade design wheels are an additional $1,000 apiece, expensive and exclusive, but that's the point if you can afford to drop six figures on a car.
If swanky is what you're aiming for, the 2014 Audi RS 7 serves it up buffet-style with heated, twelve-way power front seats wrapped in leather and an optional feature called night vision assistant. Then there's the Audi MMI navigation and infotainment screen, which slides out from the dashboard and is commanded by a solid metal knob positioned between the driver and front passenger's seat. A 4-year/50,000 mile limited warranty and 4 years of roadside assistance (provided by a third party) comes standard with the purchase of a 2014 Audi RS 7.
As nice as the RS 7's interior is, its drivetrain is that much better. As stated above, the RS 7 is the most powerful offering in Audi's portfolio clearing even the most potent R8 by 10 horsepower. An all-new R8 is due out in 2016 and we're willing to bet that it will take the most powerful crown off the RS 7's head then but, for now, it's good to be king.
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