Car and Driver spent some time with the new 2021 Audi RS7, what did they have to say about it?


Aggressive appearance, tantalizing performance attributes, hatchback's added versatility.


Too expensive for most enthusiasts, same infotainment foibles as regular A7.


The RS treatment looks to transform the softer A7 into a monstrous driving machine.

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The 2021 Audi RS7 Sportback is a wide-bodied, heart-pounding four-door sports car that features a usable back seat and practical hatchback. This all-new RS7 represents the mightiest version of the comparably subdued Audi A7. The RS model wears more aggressive-looking bodywork and has exclusive high-performance equipment that helps it compete with raucous rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG GT63s and Porsche Panamera Turbos.

What's New for 2021?

After a brief hiatus, the Audi RS7 is back and all new for 2021. Now incorporating Sportback into its name, the second-gen RS7 receives more distinctive styling inside and out along with even greater technology and increased power.

Audi makes this easy because there's only one RS7 to choose from and it comes extremely well-equipped with things such as all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, and an adjustable air suspension system. For maximum madness, consider the Black Optics package which adds darkened exterior trim and giant 22-inch wheels.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Power comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that pairs with a 48-volt hybrid system, eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. The RS7 makes 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which Audi says will catapult the girthy four-door from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. Likewise, it can reach a top speed of almost 190 mph when equipped with the most dynamic package. The RS7 has a standard air suspension with adaptive settings for varied ride quality. Its standard 21-inch wheels can be traded for 22-inchers, but the larger wheels will likely diminish its on-road comfort. Other standout options include rear-wheel steering and ceramic brakes for improved agility and enhanced stopping power.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Neither Audi nor the EPA has released fuel-economy estimates for the 2021 RS7 Sportback. However, the sports sedan's standard hybrid system and claimed powertrain improvements should make it more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

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Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

While the RS model shares an interior design and passenger space with the regular A7, it also has some exclusive details and intriguing options. Of course, the sturdy build quality and upscale materials will be immediately recognizable. Still, the RS7's cabin is adorned with trim-specific logos and other unique accents. The standard front sport seats have nice leather upholstery but can be reskinned with upgraded leather and ventilated cushions. Its back seat can fit two or three people, depending on the chosen seat configuration, and its cargo area offers 19 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in use and 49 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Every RS7 is equipped with a snazzy infotainment system that operates via two touchscreens that seamlessly blend into the upper dashboard and flowing center console. Although Audi hasn't released the full list of standard and optional features, we're confident the RS will have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a mobile hotspot as found on other 2021 models.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2020 RS7 Sportback hasn't been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the Audi does offer a host of driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:
  • Available 360-degree camera system
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available blind-spot monitoring
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Audi protects its products with a warranty plan that only falls short of premium competitors in terms of its complimentary maintenance, which is shorter than rivals such as BMW and Jaguar.
  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles
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