Audi has today officially revealed the updated 2015 RS 7 Sportback, following the unveiling of the A7 and S7 last month. The flagship RS model first launched in Australia in February this year.
The five-door bahn-storming sports coupé has been refreshed with revised single-frame grille, updated front and rear bumpers with new air inlets design, new headlights with Matrix LED technology and redesigned tail lights. The RS 7’s colour palette has also been extended to Sepang Blue, Mythos Black, Glacier White and Floret Silver.
“The Audi RS 7 Sportback confirms the reputation of the RS models as the superior, top athletes of our brand,” states Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development of Audi AG. “The combination of a powerful four liter V8 engine with cylinder on demand technology, quattro drive and intelligent lightweight design makes the RS 7 Sportback an outstanding piece of sports equipment for any fan of dynamic and yet efficient driving.”
Inside, subtle changes have been applied to the instrument cluster, air outlet controls of the vent nozzles, shift paddles behind the steering wheel and the quattro emblem on the instrument panel. The standard MMI navigation system now uses the latest modular infotainment platform.
Under the bonnet, the 4.0 TFSI features cylinder-on-demand technology, though the 412 kW of power and 700 Nm of torque it generates remain unchanged. Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight speed tiptronic transmission, allowing the RS 7 to storm from zero to 100km/h is a supercar taming 3.9 seconds. Thanks to the deactivation of four-cylinders during low load, the RS 7 needs only 9.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
The RS adaptive air suspension, together with adaptive damping, standard on the RS 7 Sportback, lowers the body by 20 millimeters. Audi offers the tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative. A further option is dynamic steering, with its continuously variable steering ratio.
The revised Audi RS 7 Sportback is fitted with 20-inch forged lightweight alloy wheels as standard. 21-inch cast aluminum wheels are optionally available in three colours.
The facelifted Audi RS 7 Sportback is expected to arrive in Australia in early 2015. Pricing details will be announced closer to launch. However, we don’t expect it to sway too much from the current model’s $238,500 (excluding on-roads) price tag.