Right on the heels of its facelifted A7 and S7 siblings, is the range-topping RS7 – which has also been the recipient of a few updates for the new model year, such as new headlamps and new infotainment.
On the outside, the revisions to the styling are subtle. The singleframe honecomb grille is now more distinct with sharper corners, but still boasts quattro lettering underneath the registration plate holder, while the front bumper has also been tweaked slightly. The main difference, just as on the A7/S7, is the inclusion of the optional Matrix LED headlamp system, with dynamic turn signals, whereas the taillights have also been restyled.
New to the range of exterior finishes are three metallic hues and one pearlescent option, namely Floret Silver, Glacier White, Mythos Black and Sepang Blue.
Inside, the RS7 is also the recipient of a revised instrument cluster, new ventilation controls and redesigned shift paddles. Audi’s MMI navigation system has been updated and now boasts visuals courtesy of an Nvidia graphics processor.
The RS7 is still powered by a twin-turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 that produces 412 kW and 700 N.m of torque – which drives all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. Audi claims a zero to 100 km/h sprint of just 3,9 seconds and a combined fuel consumption figure of just 9,5 litres/100 km. With the optional dynamic packages fitted, the RS7 will be capable of 280 or 305 km/h.
The facelifted Audi RS7 should make it to South Africa early in 2015.