Car Review: Audi RS7 combines sports car performance with family friendly 5-door hatch

Style and breathtaking acceleration are usually reserved for coupes and supercars, but Audi has accomplished that with a large car.

With a twin turbo V-8, good for 591hp, this AWD super sedan will humble many sports cars when it comes to acceleration. The handling with the special air suspension can go from tight sports car to comfortable touring car with a touch of a button.

The standard brakes have no problem stopping the car, but optional carbon ceramics are available for those who need the ultimate stopping power.

The styling of the new edition of the Audi RS7 is updated and now looks sportier when compared to the Audi A7, which this beast is based on.

The RS7 has that aggressive look that will get you noticed. From the wide blacked-out grill in front to the huge 22” wheels that fill flared fenders, it gives off an all-business look. However, the low body with a coupe-like sloping roofline adds a hint a useful utility and handsome line to go along with the sporty look.

Grab a seat in the six-figure RS7 and luxury is the name of the game. Leather covers the seats, dash, armrests and console with a lighter contrast stitching that further dresses up this cabin. There are also touches that convey the sporty side of the RS7 like carbon fiber and aluminum trim pieces used throughout the cabin.

Back seat riders will enjoy heated seats and enough space for most passengers. But if you’re taller than six feet, it will be a tight fit. The hatchback design allows for generous cargo space that will allow larger items to fit.

The cockpit and center console is a digital affair with high-resolution screens replacing the normal gauges, knobs and buttons.

Cost: $114,000; as tested $125,240

MPG: 15 MPG City; 22 MPG Highway. I managed 18.3 MPG in 308 miles of mixed driving.

Options: $2,500 executive package; $595 Tango red metallic paint; $2,250 driver assistance package; $2,750 black optic package; $1,000 sport exhaust; $500 carbon twill inlay; $500 red brake calipers

Safety: Parking system plus with park assist; head-up display with sign recognition; intersection assist; adaptive cruise assist with traffic jam assist; Audi active lane assist; Audi side assist with pre sense rear; Audi pre sense city low speed collision assist

Things to know: The Audi RS7 is a super car that happens to be a family car with four doors and a large cargo space under the rear hatch.

Pros:

• Performance from a nearly 600hp V-8 and high handling limits will impress
• Updated interior with a nice combination of luxury and sport inside
• The RS7 has an aggressive look that is now different from lesser models

Cons:

• High price tag for the RS7
• Most of the driver aids are optional extras
• New and improved MMI system does have a bit of learning curve

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