The History and Evolution of the Audi RS7

For those who are unfamiliar with the meaning of those particular letters, both S and RS are used to refer to higher-performance versions of some of Audi’s car models. RS versions are meant to provide even higher performance compared to S versions, as shown by how RS stands for RennSport meaning “racing sport.” Based on this, it should come as no surprise to learn that the Audi RS7 is a souped-up version of the executive car, coming with a whole host of features that are meant to make it even more powerful when out on the road. Of course, the Audi RS7 is the same as other car models in that it has seen significant changes ever since its initial introduction, which happened at the North American International Auto Show that was held in 2013.

2014 Audi RS7

This was the first version of the Audi RS7, which was outright called by Car and Driver a “five-doored supercar.” For starters, the car model earned that particular name by possessing a maximum of 553 horsepower, which put it ahead of not just its S counterpart but also a number of its main competitors. Furthermore, it boasted a 0 to 60 mph time of a little less than 4 seconds, which was on top of a maximum speed of either 155 mph, 174 mph, or 190 mph depending on the exact choices that interested individuals made when it came to their purchase. Suffice to say that those were far from being the sole features of note of the 2014 Audi RS7, which combined with its lavish and spacious interior to create a true powerhouse with a wide range of strengths but few faults with which to balance them out.

2015 Audi RS7

For the most part, the 2015 Audi RS7 was much the same as the 2014 Audi RS7. However, it had some changes as well. For example, it came with the option for what was called the Carbon package, which meant a splitter and diffuser made out of carbon fiber. Likewise, it came with the option for what was called the Dynamic package, which included a number of features such as dynamic steering and a sport exhaust system. Finally, the 2015 Audi RS7 saw one more change of significance in that the head-up display had become a standard feature.

2016 Audi RS7

The 2016 Audi RS7 saw few changes of serious significance. One was the inclusion of LED headlights, which are a plus in that LEDs tend to have what one might call a useful lifespan of exceptional length. For instance, 50,000 hours is a common figure for LEDs, though different LEDs can have different useful lifespans because of the different methods used to make them. Regardless, the 2016 Audi RS7 saw some changes to its exterior as well while its interior remained more or less unchanged.

2017 Audi RS7

Primarily, the 2017 Audi RS7 was interesting in that smartphone integration became a standard feature of such cars, which can be considered a reflection of the increasing importance of smartphones and other digital devices in our daily lives. Furthermore, one can see signs of the imminent coming into being of the much-touted Internet of Things, though of course, that still remains something that is coming into being rather than something that has already come into being. Regardless, 2017 was also interesting in that it was the year in which the Audi RS7 Performance was introduced, which was essentially a faster and even more powerful version of the car.

2018 Audi RS7

In 2018, the sports exhaust option became standard on the Audi RS7, meaning still better performance. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that the 2018 Audi RS7 came with a new set of wheels, which were made with five spokes out of a special alloy.

2019 Audi RS7

The 2019 Audi RS7 has received some significant changes that are intended to make it even more competitive versus some of the other car models in the same segment of the car market. For example, while its general profile remains much the same, there are now what can be called sharper creases in some of its panels. Moreover, there are now LED taillights that run the full width of the rear, which is a considerable change from those of its predecessor. The interior has not been exempted from these changes, as shown by the inclusion of additional tech as well as a smoother incorporation of the touchscreen into its surroundings.


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