2018 Audi RS7 Performance | Model Review | Model Specs
Stunning looks, incredible luxury, and a brutal twin-turbocharged 4.0-Liter V8 make the 2018 Audi RS7 Performance king of the concrete jungle. For those seeking a daily driving supercar that seats four – look no further.
Winner of our 5 Best Hatchbacks of 2018, the 2018 Audi RS7 Performance finds itself at the top of one automotive segment, while holding its own across several. While it’s a four-door hatchback by design, the car is at the top of the luxury segment, but also stands squarely in supercar territory as well.
And that’s incredibly difficult to do at its price-point. The nearest competitor, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S, is nearly $50,000 more expensive, despite coming from the same family tree.
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2018 Audi RS7 Performance Specs:
- Engine: 4.0-Liter Twin-Turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V8
- Drivetrain: Front engine all-wheel-drive
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic with manual shift mode
- Horsepower: 605 hp @ 6,100 RPM
- Torque: 516 lb-ft
- 0-60 mph: ~3.2 seconds
- MPG: 14 City/24 Hwy
- Pricing Starts at $130,700
- Average Rating: 9.5/10
2018 Audi RS7 Performance Background
The Audi RS7 is based on the Audi A7 platform which was unveiled in Pinakothek der Moderne art museum in Munich on July 26, 2010. The cars first hit markets in the fall of 2010 and were originally sourced with Audis fantastic 3.0-Liter Supercharged V6.
It was essentially a hatchback, or Sportback, version of the “C7-series” A6 sedan. Both vehicles share the same core structure, drivetrain, and chassis, dashboard and interior, with a few minor exceptions.
In 2012, Audi announced the S7, which was a sport version of the successful A7. It boasted a twin-turbo 4.0-Liter V8 good for 420-hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. But that just wasn’t enough for those crazy Germans and they were all drinking one day in the lab and got together and said: “Hey! Vut if vee put even mowah power into vis cah”. And then things pretty much went off the rails from there.
So, in 2013 Audi announced the RS7 which was a really intense version of the already awesome S7. It too had a 4.0-Liter twin-turbocharged V8, eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, Quattro all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring, and of course a self-locking center differential.
The setup was good for an incredible 553-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque which was reckless and immature. And we appreciated every bit of it. And they could have easily stopped there.
But for the grace of God they didn’t and on October 22, 2015 the Audi RS7 Performance was announced alongside its cousin the RS6 Performance. Powered by the same 4.0-Liter twin-turbocharged V8 as the RS7, the Performance version leaves the factory with an astonishing 605-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Other standards include the incredibly tuned 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters, Quattro all-wheel-drive, torque vectoring, self-locking sport differential and optional 16.54 inch carbon-ceramic brakes.
2018 Audi RS7 Performance Interior and Cabin
2018 Audi RS7 Performance Interior Highlights:
- Insanely high quality
- Fantastic mix of material
- Honeycomb stitching
- Analog and digital dashboard
- Carbon Fiber everywhere
- Flat-bottom steering wheel
- Four-zone climate control
- Incredible seats
- Bang and Olufsen sound system
Open up the door to the 2018 Audi RS7 Performance and you are greeted by a healthy dose of sporty styling and sophisticated good looks. Insanely high-quality material is used everywhere you look. From the leather to the carbon fiber and even the aluminum speaker covers, everything looks like its worth the money you spend on it.
The cockpit is incredibly user-friendly, with a sleek flat-bottom perforated steering wheel and user controls that just seem to be in the right spot no matter where you put the seat. Viewing angles aren’t obscured by anything and the sweet backup camera even has a cool “drone” overhead view that is far beyond my understanding.
Slide into the sport bucket seats and let them hug you. Let them really hold you in place. Honeycomb stitching is something you had no idea you couldn’t live without till you see it and once you sit in these seats you will have a new golden standard by which you measure every seat you sit in.
Even the Bang and Olufsen speakers in the front raise up when you start the car to let you know they are ready to rock. The Alcantara lined doors mixed with carbon fiber and aluminum handles look immaculate.
Seating is comfortable for four passengers and while some reviewers are turned off by the dedicated four seats these people are total twats and don’t understand how to appreciate things at all. Each seat is a sport bucket seat and the rear passengers get plenty of headroom, leg room, and their very own climate control.
When you sit in this car your senses go into overdrive. Is it a sports car? Is it a luxury car? It feels like a supercar, but it also feels so high class. What is this thing? It’s amazing that’s what it is and it blends these elements so perfectly you will have a hard time stepping back into the car you drove to the dealership in.
Driving the 2018 Audi RS7 Performance
Here’s why I love it:
- Breathtaking acceleration
- Physics-defying carbon ceramic brakes
- Quattro All-wheel-drive
- Unbelievable exhaust note
- Everyday Supercar
These days every automaker boasts some unbelievable horsepower number and it seems like it’s gotten out of hand lately. There’s a tendency to marginalize just how much power these cars are putting out. So when I say 605-hp pants shitting horsepower I will do my best to help you get a sense for how it feels.
You mash the brake, turn off all driver assists, and put the car into Dynamic. Then you hold the accelerator and you feel the car settle into a crouch. Literally, the car gets into a crouch like it’s ready to pounce on some sort of unsuspecting Gazelle. And it is. And you are the Gazelle.
The engine roars. When I say roars, I mean it roars like a T-Rex who just stubbed his toe. Let off the brake and the car launches from 0-60 mph in a perception-shattering 3.2 seconds. You read that right. This four-door hatchback goes from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds.
What does it feel like? Well, I imagine it feels like the first round of a boxing match when Mike Tyson was in his prime and he did his signature right hook followed by an uppercut to the midsection. For a second you’re not even sure if you’re alive or what’s going on.
Turbochargers spooling, exhaust gurgling with every upshift, and the engine screaming in the background. It’s incredible.
Quattro all-wheel-drive and the longer wheelbase make the cars handling more like a supercar than a sports car and the grip induces near black-outs as you blast through corners. And the carbon-ceramic brakes stop the car so hard it’s enough to make your nose bleed.
2018 Audi RS7 Performance – Daily Supercar
My favorite thing about this car is that its performance is simply through the roof, but when you want to drive normally you can. In fact, it’s smooth and easy to live with. You can load it up with groceries or you can load it up with luggage.
It comfortably sits four adults or even two car seats. The 2018 Audi RS7 Performance has done what supercars have had a hard time achieving for a long time. Incredible performance that you can live with every day.
Quattro means rain or snow you have traction, even with all that power. The interior is luxurious and spacious. Trunk space is maximized because it’s a hatchback. It ticks all of the boxes. Like I said before there are very cars capable of doing this at this price point.
This car is for the person who wants a supercar, but can’t necessarily justify that weekend driving or even the low utility of a supercar. It’s for the sensible speed demon and when I say there are few competitors I mean that. The only car coming close is the Porsche Panamera Turbo S.
Here’s why I think you should buy it:
- Incredible styling
- Sporty yet ultra-luxurious
- Amazing Twin-turbo V8
- Quattro all-wheel-drive
- Easy-to-live with
The 2018 Voodoo RS7 Performance
I could go on for days about how amazing the 2018 Audi RS7 Performance is, but I want to take a moment to talk a little about the owner of this particular Audi RS7. @Voodoo_RS7 is gaining popularity for sharing quality content of this RS7 all over Instagram.
He was kind of enough to take a Sunday afternoon out of his busy schedule to make a dream of mine come true and give me a grand tour of this incredible, basically one-of-a-kind, Audi RS7 Performance.
Despite the humidity and the heat he patiently waited while I drooled all over his car and then took me on a very spirited drive through some corners while we engaged in some awesome conversation. I’m always humbled by those individuals who have achieved a great deal and enjoy sharing it with people.
I hope to see @Voodoo_RS7 again at some of the local meets and look forward to sharing more awesome car conversations with him, but I think we can all take a lesson from how he carries himself.
No matter what you drive, always be quick to share your automotive passion with those around you. I am very grateful to have spent the afternoon talking about cars, Audi, and getting the chance to experience his amazing car. A very warm thank you goes out to @Voodoo_RS7 for that.
The 2018 Audi RS7 Performance was the winner of the Top 5 Hatchbacks of 2018.