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2020 Audi RS7

2020 Audi RS7

The Audi RS7 returns with a more powerful engine and a mild-hybrid setup

The 2020 Audi RS7 is the second generation of the company’s range-topping four-door coupe. Based on the latest A7, the 2020 RS7 features a far more aggressive exterior design, a completely new interior packed with premium features, state-of-the-art technology, and a powerful drivetrain. The latter combines a revised version of Audi’s 4.0-liter V-8 and a 48-volt system that improves fuel efficiency. The 2020 Audi RS7 arrives just in time to take on the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe and the upcoming BMW M8 Gran Coupe.

The 2020 Audi RS7 will join the standard A7 and the mid-range S7 in the U.S., where it will cost in excess of $100,000. Estimates put it at around $120,000, which will make it slightly more affordable that the competition. The 2020 RS7 is one of the many new Audis to feature mild hybrid drivetrains as the German firm is moving more and more toward electrification.

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2019 Audi RS7 by AddArmor

2019 Audi RS7 by AddArmor

Have a Target on Your Head and Like to Go Fast? You Need this Bulletproof, 760-Horsepower Audi RS7 by AddArmor

Armored cars come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but rarely do they come with a 202-mph top speed. This particular Audi RS7 is one such example, and it’s probably the coolest Audi you’ll ever see. Such platitudes come with a great deal of expectation, but you won’t have to worry about this particular RS7 meeting — and exceeding — those expectations. It’s called the AddArmor APR RS7, and it was built to withstand heavy artillery and embarrass any fool who thinks they can take this car on in a drag race.

The AddArmor APR RS7 is the brainchild of Wisconsin-based specialty car builder AddArmor. As the company’s name so obviously implies, AddArmore specializes in comprehensive armor upgrades for vehicles. Every so often, though, the specialist goes the extra mile by enlisting the help of a performance tuner to truly spice up its creations. The result of this ambitious endeavor is the AddArmor APR RS7, one of the few cars in the world that can withstand a heavy artillery assault, look oh-so fine doing it, and blast off to 202 mph without breaking much of a sweat.

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2016 Audi RS7 by PP-Performance

2016 Audi RS7 by PP-Performance

Audi’s high-end four-door sports coupe gets an injection in style and power

The Audi RS7 has only been around since 2013 so it’s still a little too early to tell if it has the appeal and status to make an extended run in the segment. But in the few years that it’s been around, it has proven to be a worthy alternative to some of the stalwarts of the segment to catch the attention of the aftermarket tuning scene, including some early programs from the likes of ABT Sportsline. Today, a new tuner has taken a stab at the RS7 and it comes packing an engine upgrade package that that adds almost 200 horsepower to the sports coupe’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8-engine, bringing the total output to a mouth-watering 745 horsepower and 743 pound-feet of torque.

This new program comes by way of PP-Performance, who you may remember for its involvement in Fostla’s recent program for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. If anything, PP-Performance has shown an ability to adapt its prowess to the cars that are being tuned because what it did for the RS7 is just as impressive, maybe even more, than what it was able to bring out of the BMW.

That said, the tuner also had some help in other areas, most notably on the exterior where it relied on the expertise of wrapping specialist Cam Shaft. It also outsourced its wheels package from Schmidt Revolution and got some nifty chassis and suspension upgrades from K&W. This sourced-out formula that has been a norm in the tuning industry and PP-Performance is smart to take advantage of it because the result is greater than the sum of its parts.

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2016 Audi RS 7 Sportback Performance

2016 Audi RS 7 Sportback Performance

American performance is usually served with unmistakable flamboyance. For example, both the shark-nosed Corvette Z06 and Terminator-esque Shelby GT350 Mustang offer unambiguous speed cues front to back. But that’s a good thing; it’s an essential facet of their character. However, some people prefer the straight-to-jail speed in a package that flies comfortably under the radar. Folks looking for a combination like that usually turn to Europe, birthplace of cars like the Audi RS7 Sportback Performance. To the uninitiated, it’s just another AWD luxury sedan. But to those who know, it’s over 600 horsepower and a top speed of 190 mph.

Audi already offers U.S. customers the venerable RS 7, but now, according to a recent report from the fine folks at Autoblog, we’ll get the new Performance version as well. That means even more power, slightly tweaked styling, and all the refinement and comfort you’d expect from a range-topper with four rings on the grille.

So then – a high-output variant of an already overpowered luxury sedan. Sounds tempting. We won’t know exactly what the U.S.-spec RS 7 Sportback Performance will bring to the table until Audi provides us with the details, but for now, read on for the Euro-spec iteration and cross your fingers it’s unaltered by the time it hits our shores.

Updated 02/12/2016: Audi dropped a pretty cool commercial title "Tear Drop" for its latest RS 7 Sportback Performance. Hit "play" to watch it!

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Audi RS7 Vs. Burj Khalifa Elevator: Video

Audi RS7 Vs. Burj Khalifa Elevator: Video

Audi Middle East is no stranger to cooking up weird stunts to get attention. More often than not, the firm succeeds in getting its point across, even if it’s done through unconventional methods. Evidently, having an Audi RS7 race an elevator at the Burj Khalifa qualifies as “unconventional.”

The video is part of Audi Challenges Arabia, a series of challenges Audi fans in the region try to cook up for Audi to complete. For this particular challenge, the RS7 is going to race against Burj Khalifa’s elevator, considered as one of the fastest elevators in the world with a speed of 10 meters per second. The objective of the race is simple: Audi Sport driver Edoardo Mortara is to race the the 560-horsepower, V-8-powered RS7 up the Jebel Hafeet road until it reaches the finish line at 1,249 meters above sea level. Meanwhile, Musa Khalfan Yasin, the UAE’s fastest 100-meter sprinter, is to ride the Burj Khalifa’s elevator up to the 152nd floor before making a full sprint to the finish line. Whoever crosses the line first wins. Pretty simple, right?

For its part, Audi made it look like a competitive race, even concluding that both Mortara and Yasin crossed the line at the exact same time. But, as dramatic as that might have been, I’m pretty sure that a lot of post-production editing took place to make it look exciting on the final cut.

I don’t know for certain if the RS7 or the elevator won, but if I were to make a guess, I’d give it to the latter. Going up 10 meters per second is pretty quick, even if it’s only the third quickest in the world. A quick calculation of the times means that Yasin would’ve finished the elevator ride and the mad sprint to the finish line in a little under 90 seconds. I don’t know the RS7’s time up Jebel Jafeet, but considering the uphill climb and the winding roads, I’d say it would’ve taken a little over 90 seconds to complete.

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2015 Audi RS 7 "Robby" Piloted Driving Concept

2015 Audi RS 7 "Robby" Piloted Driving Concept

Sonoma Raceway is one of the more challenging road courses in the U.S., and Audi chose this 12-turn, 2.5-mile track to show off its latest display of self-driving technology. This specially equipped 2015 Audi RS 7 Piloted Driving Concept, nicknamed Robby, took to the track recently, posting a time of 2:01.01 minutes… with no driver behind the wheel. Just for comparison, at the recent NASCAR race at Sonoma in June, the top qualifying time was 1:14.4.

Audi has been testing and showing off its driverless technologies for a couple of years now, but this was, by far, the coolest example of what the technology is capable of. This testing was done to showcase the new self-driving capability that will debut on the next-gen 2017 Audi A8, which is expected to launch next year for the 2017 model year. Unless another automaker beats Audi to the punch, this could very well be the first technology of its kind to be offered in consumer-ready form.

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2015 - 2016 Audi RS7

2015 - 2016 Audi RS7

Audi updated the RS7 for the 2015 model year, bringing improvements to the exterior and interior. On the outside, the car gets a new Singleframe headlamp design with LED running lamps, a slightly altered front fascia, revised taillights, and a sharper radiator grille. Furthermore, Audi has added four new colors to the color pallet, including Floret Silver, Glacier White, Mythos Black, and Sepang Blue. On the inside, the car got an updated instrument cluster, new shifter paddles, new air vents, and an update to the standard MMI infotainment system. Audi didn’t do much to the 4.0-liter V-8 under the hood, so it produces 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, there are two optional “dynamics” packages available offering a top speed of 174 mph or 190 mph, depending on which package is chosen.

As always, the RS7 can easily trump a lot of sports cars out there, and proves to be a strong competitor for similar vehicles from BMW’s M performance division and Mercedes-AMG. That’s a pretty bold statement for a car that has only been around since 2013, but with 500 ponies on tap, there is plenty of oomph to back it up. Considering 2015 was really just a facelift, there should be a new model sometime before the end of the decade.

For 2016, the model carried on unchanged from the previous year’s facelift, as did the starting price of $108,000. So, why don’t we take a look at the 2015 – 2016 Audi RS7 and talk about all fine print that we haven’t covered yet.

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2015 Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept

2015 Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept

The race to create the first production self-driving car began in the early 2010s with many major automakers, including Ford, Audi, Nissan and Toyota, testing driverless systems. A major breakthrough was achieved in 2010, when Audi sent a driverless TT to the top of the Pikes Peak race course in 27 minutes with a top speed of 45 mph. While the numbers are far from overwhelming, the project was successful and proved autonomous cars can become a reality in the near future. Nearly four years later, Audi is back to showcase yet another self-driving car, the RS7 Piloted Driving Concept.

Based on the luxurious and fast RS7 sedan, this self-driving car is packed with the company’s latest technology in terms of orientation devices and on-board networking systems, and is set to debut at racing speed on Germany’s Hockenheimring track. Audi predicts top speeds of up to 149 mph and forces of up to 1.1g under acceleration, two enticing figures for a car that runs without a driver on board.

Updated 10/14/2014: Audi unveiled the official details on its latest project: the Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept. Click past the jump for more details.

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2015 Audi Exclusive RS7 Dynamic Edition

2015 Audi Exclusive RS7 Dynamic Edition

As a luxury manufacturer, having an exclusive personalization program is mandatory these days. BMW has the Individual program, Porsche offers new, bold designs via Porsche Exclusive, while Mercedes-Benz will be happy to take your hard-earned to offer you some of its Designo exterior paints and interior leather and trims.

As expected, Audi doesn’t want to fall behind on this front so it stormed the New York Auto Show with a more exclusive take on the 2014 RS7 four-door coupe. Already an aggressive-looking and luxurious vehicle, the said model got a few bells and whistles inside and out and a new name.

Dubbed Dynamic Edition, the fanciest member of the RS7 lineup isn’t just a unique showroom model built to exemplify "some of the personalization options that are possible through Audi’s exclusive program." It will go into production and will hit dealerships this summer, but its price tag might be a turn off for U.S. customers.

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2013 Audi RS7 By ABT Sportsline

2013 Audi RS7 By ABT Sportsline

The Audi RS7 is maybe one Audi model that doesn’t need any upgrades to make it more awesome than it already is. It features a muscular 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 that delivers 560 horsepower between 5,700 and 6,600 rpm, and 516 pound-feet of torque between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm, which is rather powerful for its class and enough to launch it to 60 mph in a supercar-like 3.7 seconds.

ABT Sportsline is well known for pushing Audis to their limits, and it decided the RS7 is ripe for a boost in power. So. it came up with a kit for the four-door coupe that includes an ABT Engine Control combined with a new exhaust system with "New Generation" Power S.

These changes bump the mighty 4.0-liter V-8 to either 666 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque or 700 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque, depending on the level you choose. The most powerful version can hit a top speed of 198 mph, and we estimate the 0-to-60 mph time to be around 3.5 seconds..

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2014 Audi RS 7

2014 Audi RS 7

As promised, 2014 will bring two new models to the Audi RS lineup: RS 7 and a production version of the RS Q3 Concept. The first model - the RS 7 - was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and we saw the 2014 Q3 RS in Geneva.

The Audi A7 has a very short history in the automotive industry. Previewed by the Sportback Concept at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the production version of the A7 Sportback is already on sale, albeit not on all markets. This vehicle may be great in its own right, but of course the new RS 7 is far, far more impressive.

The new RS 7 does not only feature a much more aggressive look when compared to the standard A7, but it also delivers an extra 140 horsepower more that the S7. So, do you see why we find the standard A7 a little bit mediocre in comparison to the RS 7?

Updated 01/14/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and video.

Updated 07/30/2013: Audi USA announced today prices for the 2014 RS 7 that will arrive in U.S. showrooms this fall at a base price of $104,900. We also have a new video of the most powerful RS model ever offered in the U.S. and more than 100 new high res images.

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