2014 AUDI RS7
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2014 Audi RS 7 Review| |Walkaround| The RS 7's interior is typical Audi, as it's handsomely designed and tightly constructed with excellent materials quality throughout, yet the RS 7 comes off a bit more sinister with its black-faced gauges with red needles and RS-specific carbon-fiber inlays set off by the standard aluminum pedals and ambient LED lighting. Audi's familiar Multi Media Interface (MMI) system controls entertainment, communication and navigation functions via a dash-mounted pop-up screen and a control dial surrounded by buttons on the center console. The system boasts logical menus, crisp graphics and a touchpad to increase functionality, though we still prefer BMW's iDrive or Mercedes' COMMAND for overall ease of use. Whether you stay with the standard sport seats or opt for the multicontour comfort seats, we're confident you'll find them supportive during long trips and spirited back-road runs alike. But due to the RS 7's aggressively raked roof line, backseat headroom is tight even for adults of average height. However, legroom is abundant and there's something to be said for the individual comfort of the twin rear bucket seats versus a traditional three-across bench seat. Furthermore, the A7's hatchback design permits easier loading of larger items that just won't fit through the trunk opening of a conventional sedan. Official luggage capacity is 24.5 cubic feet, and lowering the 60/40-split rear seatbacks provides considerably more cargo room. |Summary| Driving an Audi RS 7 truly is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde experience. In one moment, you could be effortlessly cruising the highway at 70 mph with the engine barely registering a heartbeat at 1,800 rpm. It's one of the quietest sedans we've ever tested at this speed. The next moment you could awaken the 560-hp monster. With a simple tap of your toe, the honeycomb grille points to the sky, the exhaust bellows menacingly and you'll feel a wave of turbocharged torque compress you into the seat for as long as you dare keep that pedal pressed. But it's not just a drag racer. We found that leaving the Drive Select system in Auto (rather than Comfort or Dynamic) exhibited the widest range of talent in the comfort-vs.-performance trade-off. In Auto mode, the RS 7 is so able to read and react to both the driving environment and the demands being made by the driver that it essentially matched the most aggressive Dynamic mode in our braking and handling tests. In addition, the Auto setting proved just as comfortable as Comfort mode for everyday driving, providing muted engine and exhaust, seamless shifts and a supple ride - even with our test car's optional 21-inch wheels.In sum, the 2014 Audi RS 7 is a coddling luxury sedan with the heart of supercar.