2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Review: Expected Price, Release Date, Performance, MPG, Competition

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John Bedrow 

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July 16, 2020  at 1:42 PM

One of the most awaited Audi cars apart from the RS6 Avant is the Audi RS7 and it does not disappoint. After a two-year sabbatical, the RS7 is back with a price tag of $115 grand, and this time even angrier. The new 2021 Audi RS7 Sportback is a wide-bodied four-door sports car that features a ton of performance and practicality. The RS model wears more aggressive-looking bodywork and has exclusive high-performance equipment that helps it perform better than its rivals like the Mercedes-AMG GT63s and Porsche Panamera Turbos.

A High-performance sedan is something that everybody would love to have. The track-level performance and sporty design unleash the racer inside you. We have so many sedans that can be tuned up to shed their limits by our means, but what if the companies take standard cars and turn them into beasts with boosted power? Well, that is what Audi does and Audi RS7 is the result. Last appeared in 2018, it kept us waiting for 3 years and now the all-new Audi RS7 is back in 2021.

The Audi RS7 is very much upgraded from the 2018 model. The new wide-body design and the sports car look with those sleek full LED lights make it a beautiful beast. The V8 TFSI twin-turbocharged engine now outputs 31 more horses making it a massive 591hp motor. With great power comes greater torque and the RS7 delivers 590lb-ft of torque. The engine revs like anything that allows the RS7 to do a 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than the 2018 model.

What is new?

  • Return of the RS 7 
  • New turbocharged V8 
  • Based on the second generation A7 introduced in 2019

What to expect in the engine department?

Audi always meets our expectations. This time we are going to get a 4.0L TFSI twin-turbocharged engine. With an amazing output of 591 horsepower accompanied by a 590 lb.-ft of torque is a really immense amount of power. Audi RS7 bags the title of one of the fastest Audis ever made. The trademarked all-wheel-drive system, Quattro enhances the driving performance of the RS7. The Audi RS7 can do a top speed of a whopping 190 mph.

The TFSI technology does its work by increasing the power output of the engine when the fuel is pressure injected in the combustion chamber, which apparently reduces the carbon footprint of the car and adds economy. The performance of RS7 is expectedly great. The unique part of the RS7 is the dynamic all-wheel steering wheel that can turn the rear wheels. This helps in shortening the turning radius, improving stability, and ease in handling. 

Models

2021 Audi RS7 Sportback (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT-63

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo

2020 BMW M5

MSRP

$114,000

$140,250

$153,000

$102,000

Engine

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

Transmission

8-speed auto w/od manual

9-speed auto w/od manual

8-speed auto w/od manual

8-speed auto w/od manual

Power

591 hp @ 6,000 rpm

577 hp @ 5,500 rpm

550 hp @ 5,750 rpm

600 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque 

590 lb.-ft @ 2,050 rpm

590 lb.-ft @ 2,500 rpm

567 lb.-ft @1,960 rpm

553 lb.-ft @ 1,800 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.5

3.4

3.5

3.3

Quarter Mile(Seconds)

N/A

11.6

11.7

11.3

In Audi’s official press release they said the new RS7 is capable of doing 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, which is a very impressive number indeed. We cannot wait to get our hands on one and do a quarter-mile run against its rivals. All the cars in this comparison have insane amounts of power and performance. However, the Audi RS7 is priced considerably against its rivals who charge a lot more, even with less power, except for the BMW which is cheaper than the RS7. 

What is the expected fuel economy?

We know most of the specs about the Audi RS7, but unfortunately, the fuel economy numbers are not out yet. The previous, 2018 model of Audi RS7 offered a combined 17 mpg. The TFSI and the hybrid technology will ensure that the 2021 model offers much better fuel mpg. The expected combined fuel mpg is around 19-20 approx., that's good enough for a car with that much power.

Models

2021 Audi RS7 Sportback (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT-63

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo

2020 BMW M5

MPG (City)

15 est.

15

18

15

MPG (Highway)

24 est.

20

25

21

MPG (Combined)

19.5 est.

17

21

17

Fuel Capacity(Gallons)

19.8 est.

17.4

21.1

20.1

Range(City/Highway/Combined)in miles

N/A

261/348

379/527

301/422

The RS7 is expected to have a 19.8 gallons fuel tank. It is small, if we compare it with other cars but still performance cars do not have a big tank. The rivals offer similar fuel economy as they are not new in the game. The Porsche Panamera Turbo offers the best-combined mpg of 21. Also, Porsche and BMW have better fuel capacity that increases their mile range. Keep track of this story as we will update more about the gas mileage of the 2021 RS7 as we get more information.

What to expect from Audi RS7's interior?

The all-new RS7 gets a modern redesigned interior. The plush new design is finished in premium material and true craftsmanship can be seen in the cabin. With the state-of-the-art technology embedded in the dashboard. The whole cockpit is performance-focused. The interior is said to have the most sensible ergonomics in a 4-door performance sedan.

The first impression of the cabin gets better when you get seated in those comfortable sports seats. The seats are 14-way power-adjustable with heating function. The honeycomb stitching shows the true artistry of Audi's artisans. When you grab the leather-wrapped dynamic steering wheel, you can feel the mighty beast is ready to roar.

The more you get to know the interior, the better it gets. The two-tone interior looks sporty and really attractive. The interior lines and curves blend the whole mechanism and the console together. The inclined center console is no less than what we see in a sports car. The all-digital main console and display is powered by MMI touch display control.

Models

2021 Audi RS7 Sportback (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT-63

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo

2020 BMW M5

Seating Capacity

5

4

5

55

Front Row(Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom)(inches)

37.0/57.2/41.3

40.8/57.8/NA

NA

38.8/58.7/41.4

Rear Row(Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom)(inches)

NA/55.9/37.0

38.2/57.2/NA

NA

37.5/55.9/36.5

The RS7 offers proper space for 5 people. Porsche and BMW are also 5 seaters whereas the Mercedes AMG GT 63 is a 4-seater. The passenger volume seems to be a little bit uptight but being a performance car, the volume is sufficient as the seating is driver-focused. 

Is the Audi RS7 loaded with tech inside?

The 2021 Audi RS7 is loaded with a ton of modern tech inside-out. There is a 3 screen multi-touch display set up on the dash for the main console and the infotainment system. The setup looks dynamic and advanced. The all-digital display contains all the data and info you need about your car. The voice recognition and touch response provide you the total control for your Audi, thanks to the MMI touch response control system and Audi virtual cockpit.

The touch and voice control have made the Audi much better as buttons used to take a lot of space. We still have buttons but most of the stuff is available on the infotainment. One of the features allows you to get the temperature reading on the display itself. Also, the active safety features can be seen working in the background on the main console

The infotainment supports Sirius XM/FM/HD, Bluetooth Connectivity, Audi Connect for Satellite navigation and in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, My Audi for locating your car or remotely locking/unlocking it and Audi phone box for your smartphone's wireless charging and network enhancements. There's Audi smart interface that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The interior experience is enhanced by the 3D surround sound system. There is a 16-speaker Bang and Olufsen premium surround sound system for your entertainment and to keep you charged up all the time. It combines with a 705W amplifier that gives unmatchable 3D surround sound experience in the whole cabin. 

Are there any changes with the Audi RS7's exterior?

The new Audi RS7 comes with a wide-body design with those massive fenders that make it look sportier. The new RS style front grill looks fabulous with its updated design and the air vents on the bumper are huge, which adds to the aerodynamic design of the RS7. The sharp hood lines meeting the grill gives the front, an angry look, just like a beast.

The rear Sportback design with the long taillight is the next level. The overall front and rear animation HD Matrix-design LED lights are one of a kind and can only be seen on an Audi. The Sports dual exhaust system that roars like a lion, makes the enthusiasts skip their beats. The 21-inch spoke wheels add a charm to the design of the RS7. The Audi RS7 looks stunning from every angle. The car unleashes its fin-like rear spoiler, which is hidden in the boot lid, another special exterior feature of the RS7.

Models

2021 Audi RS7 Sportback (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT-63

2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo

2020 BMW M5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,938

4,447

5,279

4,370

Length (inches)

197.2

199.2

198.8

195.5

Width (inches)

76.8

76.9

76.3

74.9

Height (inches)

56.1

56.8

56.4

58.0

Wheelbase (inches)

115.3

116.2

116.1

117.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.3

4.2

4.7

5.1

The RS7 is the second heaviest after the Panamera, well it carries a huge load of performance. The wide-body fenders do not increase the width by much as other cars have a similar width. Surprisingly, the BMW M5 stands the highest where Audi, Mercedes and Porsche have a similar height. 

Is the 2021 Audi RS7 worth your time and money?

The most awaited car is back after 3 years and created a lot of hype by its style, design, and performance. Audi redesigned the RS7 according to the current scenario as the car gets all advanced features available in the market. The pricing was the main highlight of the RS7. Audi smartly priced it at just $114,000 like its rivals with a hefty amount. Audi has proven that the RS7 is the most happening, fastest, and literally craziest luxury sedan in the segment. Audi made it clear with the RS7, that it is ahead in the game for 2021. You would not go wrong choosing the RS7 over its competitors.

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