The craziest RS-badged saloon from Audi was treated to a facelift. While the RS7 Sportback boasts a visage that its makers describe as a little more sophisticated and dynamic, it doesn’t seem be any less raucous. Especially in this striking shade of red. Opt for the new Mythos Black colour choice for a properly sinister vibe.
You’ll have to look hard to spot the new tweaks. The devil’s in the details. This evil-looking Sportback gained a narrower single-frame grille in black honeycomb. The lights too are slimmer at the front and rear, also incorporating the manufacturer’s latest LED technology. And the bumper benefits from angrier-looking inlets. You’ll also be able to pick from a trio of trim packages: matt aluminium, gloss black and carbon.
Audi partnered with graphics boffins Nvidia and the fruits of this relationship feature in the Multi Media Interface (MMI) system, which purports greater efficiency and capability. And they’ve also been really, really pedantic about the interior revisions. The air outlet controls for the vent nozzles for example, are different. As are the steering-mounted shifter paddles. Not stuff you’d really notice.
What you will undoubtedly notice – and this is something that hasn’t been changed – is the turbocharged V8 under the hood. With its four-litre capacity, power output of 412kW and torque figure of 700Nm the RS7 is propelled to 100km/h from standstill in 3.9 seconds. Get the optional “dynamics package” and you can speed all the way up to 305km/h. Cylinder shutoff technology plays a role in enabling a 9.5l/100km claimed consumption figure.
It’s all shifted via an eight-gear semi-automatic transmission and power is distributed to each corner, in typical fast Audi fashion. The RS7 rolls on fat 20-inch wheels (you can have 21-inch wheels too) and stopping power comes in the form of ventilated discs, which can be swapped for those of the carbon-ceramic variety at an extra fee of course. Given that the order books only open in its home market in the fourth quarter of this year; expect some time before the updated RS7 is announced locally.