4G Audi RS7 facelift: modified looks, but no extra power or torque

The Audi RS7 has followed in the footsteps of its other Typ 4G A7 relatives in gaining a facelift with sharper looks, especially around the front end.


In May, the other members of the 4G Audi A7 family gained a mild facelift with a sharper single frame grille and more stylised headlights. Today, the range-topping RS7 hatch joins them.

Like other A7 models, the RS7 can had with matrix LED headlights, albeit exclusively with blacked out bezels (wow!). Behind the standard LED headlights, or optional matrix versions, is an untouched version of the 4-litre twin turbocharged V8 from the pre-facelift RS7.

As before it generates 412kW (560hp) of power and 700Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, which is delivered to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Predictably the performance and fuel economy of cylinder deactivation equipped RS7 is unchanged: it can race of 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds, and fuel economy is rated by the EU at 9.5L/100km (24.8mpg); that equates to CO2 output of 221g/km.

20-inch alloy wheels are standard, and 21-inch rims are optional. Ventilated disc brakes are standard, while carbon fibre ceramic versions are an optional extra. Adaptive air suspension is present on all RS7 models, and can lower the car by up to 20mm. Top speed can raised to 280km/h and 305km/h if you opt for Audi’s money grabbing “dynamics” package.

The revised Audi RS7 Sportback goes on sale in Germany from Q3 2014 with a starting price of €113,300.


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