Audi freshens up the RS7
The speed-hungry Sportback gets new headlamps and a reworked infotainment system. Retains 4.0-litre V8. Yours for Rs 1.4 crore
At some point in its life cycle, every car needs a facelift. The RS7 Sportback is no exception to the rule, which is why Audi gave it one halfway through 2014. And now, almost a year later, it has reached India.
This here is the refreshed RS7, and as you can see, it's got minimal changes on the outside. The biggest of which are the new headlights - they're now differently shaped, and are the single-tube LED kind, just like the ones every new Audi is adopting. Also, Audi will happily replace those with its fancy new 'Matrix LED' lights, which automatically lower the beam to reduce glare for oncoming traffic, and still provide adequate illumination to the driver. No more being sneered at by drivers heading the other way, that is.
The grille, referred to as the 'singleframe', has been tweaked a bit, and it can now be had in a total of three finishes - gloss black, carbon and matte aluminium. The front bumper has been reworked, the tail lights feature a slightly fussy internal design, and... that's it.
Inside, the changes are subtle, with the instrument cluster being redone, the AC vent controls, revised paddleshifts and an updated touch-operated MMI navigation plus system, which is assisted by a new graphics processor made by Nvidia.
The rest of the package stays the same - 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8, 552bhp, 700Nm, eight-speed auto, tenacious quattro all-wheel drive. Like TG's Sriram Narayanan had mentioned when he drove it, the RS7 takes the same time to go from 0-100kph that you would take to pronounce 'Mississippi' three and a half times, and delimited (which it can be, by opting for a Sports package), it will run to 305kph by the time you think "Why am I pronouncing Mississippi over and over again?"
You can pick one up for Rs 1.4 crore. Whaddya think, dotcommers?