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SS3's 750-HP, 159-MPH RS7 Sleeper is a Hella-Quick Living Room



Article by Rick Jensen (turboguy). Video courtesy of Shmee150.

Let’s say that you were rolling around Shift-S3ctor’s Airstrip Attack 7 in a twin-turbo, V-8-powered BMW M5. And let’s say that for your half-mile run, you staged next to a plain-looking, white RS7. If you hadn’t been paying attention in the pits, would you have felt pretty confident about pulling out the win? I mean, with an M5’s stock 0-60 times in the mid-3-second range, and stock 0-100 times in just over 8 seconds, that’s a pretty fast ride. Add in a few mods and you’ve got yourself a giant killer.

There was one such F10 M5 at AA7 last week, and he happened to stage next to Eric Aguilera’s 2014 Audi RS7. Now, a stock RS7’s 560 horsepower definitely raises some eyebrows—it’s still an Audi RS model after all. But damn, that thing’s big. It’d be like merging into traffic in your living room. And if you looked at some magazine test specs, a stock RS7 versus a stock F10 M5 is actually a really close race. Even better for the BMW: on paper, Aguilera’s Audi was barely modded—it only had an exhaust system and a tune. No worries right?

But here’s where things got real for Mr. M5: Eric had TAG Motorsports seriously uncork his RS7’s 4-liter turbo mill. TAG bolted up a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, which sounds throaty as hell and flows like the wind—and it damn well better with an $8,000 price tag. And they also flashed in a high-end GIAC tune, which, by the way, is said to add up to 160 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque.

So when Aguilera rolled to the starting line with a tank full of MS109 race fuel, his RS7 was putting down 750 horses—nearly 200 more than stock! And as the RS7 hunkered down under brake-torquing, the M5 still had a chance—until Eric released the brake, that is. Then his shit was wrecked.

The world’s fastest sofa left that M5 so quickly you’d have thought the M was dragging an anchor. Seriously, the BMW is out of the frame in the first 60 feet, and the Audi is accelerating so fiercely that, by the half-mile, you can barely see the M5. And just as incredibly, the Aviators-rocking Shmee dude was left speechless, which we didn’t think was even physically possible!

We soon find out the sheer accelerative insanity of a tuned RS7: 0-60 in 3 seconds flat, 0 to 100 in 6.8 seconds, and a huge 159 mph in a half-mile. That’s almost a second quicker to 60 and nearly two seconds quicker to 100. Damn is the word you’re looking for.

Aguilera’s RS is powerful on the outside too: it’s lowered and wears hellacool, 21-inch ADV1 rims with Pirelli tires. Other mods include TAG Motorsports’ carbon rear spoiler, painted calipers and painted reflectors, an XPEL clear bra, and a gloss black vinyl roof. We didn’t think you could make an RS7 look any more classy, but he sure did. This Audi turned lots of heads at AA7; while it couldn’t keep up with some of the wicked-fast exotics, you can’t fit the entire Duggar family into a Lambo, either. So there’s that. All in all, Aguilera’s RS7 was a fantastic addition to SS3.




We think that this RS7 is one of the best sleepers we’ve ever seen. Be sure to tell us about your favorite sleeper in the comments below!

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Rick Jensen (Turboguy)

Rick's a Turbo Buick and EFI GM nut who was born in Nebraska, then reborn on the mean streets of Queens, NYC. Spent high school and college wrenching and racing before moving to NYC and spending 13 years as the editor-in-chief, editor, and writer for some of America's best automotive magazines, websites, and ad agencies. Favorite moments include running low 10s in my Turbo Buick, Exposing GM's weak-assed early CTS-V drivetrains, road racing Corvettes and Camaros, and doing high-boost launches to make my kid laugh.
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RJ11/11/2014

Let's see that race from a roll. That RS7 would've pulled any high horsepower rear wheel drive car from a dig.

calbha11/12/2014

Which was the point of the race. To see what the car can do drag racing n what the specs were from a "dig". If they wanted to see what it'd do from a roll then I'm sure they would've done it/are going to do that next