The Audi RS 7 is one of the best cars in the world — and it’s gotten better

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The Audi RS 7 is one of fastest cars with four doors and a trunk that money can buy. This week, Audi introduced the new RS 7 Performance edition, loaded with all kinds of go-fast upgrades.

Earlier this year, Business Insider spent a weekend behind the wheel of Audi’s road-going rocket ship and absolutely loved it. Now there’s a new and improved RS 7. We haven’t been behind the wheel, but it looks even better and faster than before.

When it hits showrooms, the RS 7 Performance will be the top-of-the-line offering in Audi’s A7 series.

Look for more information on the car during the 2015 LA Auto Show, set to run November 20 to 29.

Here’s a closer look at the new Audi RS 7 Performance.


To create the RS 7, Audi took their stellar A7 four-door coupe and turned up the volume on the power and performance technology.

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Instead of the A7’s supercharged V6 engine, the RS 7 has a 4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine shared with Bentley’s Continental GT and the Audi S8.

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Although we didn’t have ideal driving weather during our test of the standard RS 7, we can confidently say that this thing is fast.

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For the RS 7 Performance, Audi engineers managed to extract 45 more horsepower from the power plant by improving the exhaust manifold and twin turbochargers.

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The result is a Performance edition with 605 horsepower — 45 horsepower shy of a Corvette Z06.

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Audi claims the RS 7 Performance is good for a 0-to-62 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds and, if you opt for the “dynamic” package, a top speed of 190 mph.

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But Audi’s performance figures are probably a bit on the conservative side. Car and Driver magazine’s RS 7 test car made the sprint to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, while Motor Trend casually hit 192 mph on Germany’s no-speed-limit Autobahn highway with the Euro-spec car. In all likelihood, a pro driver on a test track could go north of the 200-mph mark.

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These stats put the latest RS 7 is position to compete against BMW’s M6 Gran Coupe and …

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… the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG.

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Some may even see the Audi as an internal-combustion foil for the Tesla Model S P90D.

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To get the Autobahn bruiser stopped, Audi offers either a lightweight “wave” cut brakes or ultra-lightweight carbon-ceramic discs.

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For 2016, Audi has updated the RS7’s front end with slightly refreshed aerodynamics.

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Inside, the RS 7 Performance is typical Audi: stylish with stellar ergonomics.

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Audi engineers even added knee pads to cushion occupants during spirited driving.

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The Audi RS 7 Performance hits showrooms in Europe in November and will arrive in the US sometime in the near future. Audi has not released official pricing.

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