As good as the new Audi RS7 looks, the first-gen car is still an absolute stunner. To some, it might even be better looking, due to its more curvaceous looks and prettier front end. However, it flat-out can’t compare to the new car for performance, as the new car is an absolute monster. In this new video from AutoTopNL, we get to see what the first-gen RS7 sounds like with an engine upgrade and Akrapovic exhaust.
According to the video description, this Audi RS7 has an Audi “S8 Plus engine replacement”. That isn’t very specific but I’m pretty sure the Audi S8 Plus used a tuned version of the same 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 that powered the first-gen RS7. So I think it’s safe to assume that rather than replace the engine with an S8 Plus’, it just uses the same state of tune as the S8. Though, maybe someone was crazy enough to replace the engine from an RS7 with an S8 Plus’ engine. Doubtful but maybe.
With that out of the way, this Audi RS7 makes 605 horsepower, as did the Audi S8 Plus, and features an Akrapovic exhaust, and catless downpipes. So it’s flipping loud. Even from inside the typically quiet cabin of the RS7, it’s seriously loud. Serious speed accompanies that noise, too. It’s not absurd, scare-the-life-out-of-you fast, as it makes as much power as a stock S8 Plus, but that still means it has 605 horsepower, so it’s still properly fast.
Funnily enough, the car also features a custom steering wheel, with a screen and shift lights in the upper part of the rim. That steering wheel also comes with new, seemingly carbon fiber, shift paddles but they don’t seem to work in the video.
The key to this car is the noise. Audi’s 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 is loud on its own but fitting it with an Akrapovic exhaust and catless downpipe makes it sound like artillery fire.