Audi RS7 Sportback facelift revealed with subtle changes

2015 Audi RS7 Sportback facelift
2015 Audi RS7 Sportback facelift

Gains optional matrix LED headlights

Following the introduction of the A7/S7 Sportback facelift, Audi has now revealed the range-topping RS7 version which carries over the changes of its lesser siblings.

The visual tweaks are borderline undetectable but upon a closer inspection you will notice the singleframe honeycomb front grille with sharper corners while optionally Audi is offering matte aluminum, glossy black and carbon packages for an extra touch. The front bumper boasts slightly altered air inlets and there are also fresh body paint colors such as Sepang Blue, Mythos Black, Glacier White and Floret Silver.

The most important change is the adoption of (optional) matrix LED headlights as seen in the A8/S8 facelift as well as in the revised A7/S7 but on the RS7 these have a darker trim. Inside the cabin there's a modestly revised instrument cluster along with tweaked air outlet controls, updated shift paddles, quattro emblem and an updated MMI infotainment system with MMI touch.

Motivation is provided by the same twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter TFSI engine which benefits from cylinder-on-demand technology and generates 560 PS (412 kW) at 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). It enables the RS7 Sportback to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) with the optional dynamics package. All that power is channeled to a quattro all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox allowing the model to return 24.8 mpg US (29.7 mpg UK or 9.5 liters / 100 km) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 221 g/km.

The 2015 Audi RS7 Sportback facelift sits on 20-inch forged alloy wheels but can be optionally had with a 21-inch set available in three color finishes. Also at an additional cost the client can configure the vehicle with carbon fiber ceramic disc brakes.

Sales of the revised RS7 are set to kick off in the third quarter of the year, with pricing in Germany beginning at 113,300 EUR.

Additional details can be found in the attached press release.

Source: Audi

Even more defined: 
The revised Audi RS 7 Sportback 

  • New headlights and design details for a dynamic five-door coupé
  • 4.0 TFSI with 412 kW (560 hp) of power and efficient COD technology
  • Board Member for Development Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: “Audi RS 7 Sportback is an outstanding piece of sports equipment”
Dynamics in a new top form – Audi has honed the RS 7 Sportback. The large five-door coupé comes with new LED headlights and even more enhanced infotainment features. With 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque, its 4.0 TFSI engine provides for an impressive driving performance at a fuel consumption rate of only 9.5 liters per 100 kilometers (24.8 US mpg) with 221 grams CO2 per kilometer (355.7 g/mi).

“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.”

Even at first glance, the Audi RS 7 Sportback reveals its dynamic character – the long engine hood, the sporty and flowing C?pillars and the sharply sloping rear end form an aesthetic overall impression. New design details add striking touches. They include the Singleframe grille with the black honeycomb typical of RS models, with the corners now even sharper and more distinctive. Three optional packages – matt aluminum, gloss black and carbon – make the look of the RS 7 Sportback even more distinctive. The central front air inlet bears the quattro lettering. Slight modifications have also been made to the bumper, with its distinctive air inlets.

The headlights, also adapted to the new Singleframe, come with LED technology as a standard feature. On request, Audi provides the headlights with the innovative Matrix LED technology, available exclusively on the RS 7 Sportback with additionally darkened trims. This offer also includes turn signals with dynamic display at the front. At the rear they are generally standard. The tail lights also have a new interior design. New to the paint finishes are the colors Floret Silver, metallic; Glacier White, metallic; Mythos Black, metallic and Sepang Blue, pearl effect.

In the elegant black interior, dominated by the RS sport seats, the designers have discreetly revised the instrument cluster: the air outlet controls of the vent nozzles, the shift paddles behind the steering wheel and the quattro emblem on the instrument panel. The standard MMI navigation plus with MMI touch now uses the modular infotainment platform of the latest generation; its highlight is an efficient graphics processor from Audi’s partner, Nvidia.

The 4.0 TFSI in the revised Audi RS 7 Sportback provides as before 412 kW (560 hp), with a constant 700 Nm (516.3 lb?ft) of torque at engine speeds between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. The engine catapults the five?door coupé from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds; the optional dynamics packages allow top speeds of 280 and 305 km/h (174.0 and 189.5 mph), respectively. In the ECE cycle however, the resonant V8 bi?turbo needs only 9.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (24.8 US mpg) with 221 grams CO2 per kilometer (355.7 g/mi). A key factor in this efficiency is the cylinder on demand (COD) system, which can shut down four cylinders during partial load operation.

An eight?speed tiptronic tuned for sporty performance, with a tall eight  gear, directs the power of the eight?cylinder engine to the quattro permanent all?wheel drive. On request, Audi will combine quattro all?wheel drive with the optional sport differential on the rear axle.

The RS adaptive air suspension, together with adaptive damping, standard on the RS 7 Sportback, lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in); its control is incorporated in the Audi drive select driving dynamics system. 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 a standard feature; 21?inch cast aluminum wheels in three color versions are optionally available. The four internally ventilated brake disks have a weight?saving wave design; alternatively Audi installs carbon fiber-ceramic disks. Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) has a Sport mode that can be deactivated altogether if need be.

The Audi RS 7 Sportback can be ordered in Germany from the 3rd quarter 2014. Its base price is €113,300.

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Comments (13)

bland design even in coupe sedan model.I m still thinking how boring design teams made a car like R8
Jun 10th, 2014 12:27pm
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porsche6616 porsche6616
I must be blind, it still looks the same shot all these years, as with their other models
Jun 5th, 2014 4:48pm
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KarlT KarlT
Coming from someone with 'porsche' in their name? How's that 911 nose coming along? I mean Boxster nose. I mean Cayman nose. I mean Panamera nose.
Jun 6th, 2014 2:14am
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KarlT KarlT
Beautiful machine....
Jun 5th, 2014 4:57am
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w0bble w0bble
slightly altered air inlets? the look exactly the same to me
Jun 3rd, 2014 7:32pm
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CReeds CReeds
I think the changes to the lights are a nice update. The current ones were beginning to look a little low tech for the RS7. The new designs also add a horizontal emphasis to alleviate some of the droopy butt.
Jun 2nd, 2014 6:03pm
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tomi.ro tomi.ro
Jun 2nd, 2014 2:24pm
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Scuderia-Paul Scuderia-Paul
Nice but I still think the back appears to be drooping under it's own weight.
Jun 2nd, 2014 12:17pm
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hf7188 hf7188
Yes, since i first saw the production version of it, i thought the rear is just too ugly.... and always reminded me the Ford Sierra mk1, the hatchback version. yeash....
Jun 2nd, 2014 2:14pm
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Auto43 Auto43
Agreed. I never understood how people found the A7 attractive, especially the back. It needs a fixed rear wing like on the TT-RS.
Jun 2nd, 2014 7:43pm
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jwcf jwcf
oooh new rims. nice. apart from those and matrix lights, Audi's practically done too much on the A7 losing its sense and characteristic. As I prefer the pre facelift one That means the it is gonna be cheaper and more affordable yay.
Jun 2nd, 2014 10:44am
5 3
Nice car. But I like the pre-facelift headlights
Jun 2nd, 2014 10:38am
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adrian.padeanu adrian.padeanu
These are the matrix ones so the standard headlights probably look the same as on the prefacelift.
Jun 2nd, 2014 10:43am
8 1