Audi has launched a new face-lifted version of the RS7 Sportback in India. Carrying an eye-watering price tag of Rs 1.42 crore, ex-showroom, in Delhi and Mumbai, the new model is based around the Audi A7. The new Audi RS7 has been given special treatment by the firm’s in-house high-performance RS (RennSport) division. The previous-gen Audi RS7 had been launched in India in January 2014. The new face-lifted model is mechanically identical to the old car, albeit, it receives a slew of new features, cosmetic upgrades and additional equipment as part of a mid-life improvement.
In the new model, Audi has refreshed the exteriors with a new pair of LED headlamps and taillamps, a new distinctive front grille, resculpted front and rear bumpers and new design alloy wheels. With the new model, Audi is also offering Matrix LED headlamps and dynamic turn signals (a sequential array of LEDs that work as indicators) for the first time in the Audi RS7. Three additional optional exterior shades – matt aluminum, gloss black and carbon – complete the list of exterior upgrades on the new Audi RS7.
On the inside, updates have been minimal. That said, the cabin layout of the new model is tailored for the driver with the center console oriented in the driver’s direction. Other noticeable upgrades comprise a new instrument cluster, redesigned air outlet vents, new paddle-shifters and a ‘quattro’ emblem on the new instrument cluster. The multimedia interface (MMI) has been updated with a more efficient Nvidia graphics processor for enhanced performance.
Mechanically, bear in mind this is the ‘highlight’ of the new car, the new RS7 comes fitted with the same old 4.0 litre, bi-turbo, V8 TFSI petrol motor as before. The engine is capable of developing a monstrous 560PS of maximum power at 5,700rpm while 700Nm of torque is available between 1,750 – 5,500rpm. Power reserves from the engine are directed to all four wheels via an 8-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox and ‘quattro’ four-wheel drive system.
The combination of all the aforementioned mechanical bits will propel the new five-door svelte coupe from a naught to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h, but you get the option to raise it to up to 305km/h by opting for a ‘dynamic package’.
Among other features, the new RS7 comes with cylinder-on-demand (COD) feature on-board that shuts off 4 cylinders out of 8 during light load conditions; adaptive air suspension is fitted as standard and carbon ceramic brakes are optional.
In the Indian market, the new Audi RS7 will lock horns with the likes of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Porsche Panamera. It will also be competing against the Mercedes E63 AMG, although, it is not a direct rival.
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