Indian publication ZigWheels has just released a review of the latest facelifted Audi RS7. For 2015, the RS7 features new headlights and taillights and some minor interior bits. But the important parts, like the engine and gearbox, stay the same. So how does the Audi RS7 continue to stack up against its rivals from BMW and Mercedes? Let’s find out.
Not much has changed on the exterior of the Audi RS7. New headlights, which feature new LED Daytime Running Lights, have a newly designed light cluster. New LED Matrix lights are available in European markets, but sadly not our North American market. It also comes with progressive directional turn signals for its LED lights. Overall, the RS7 hasn’t changed much, in terms of looks, but it’s still and attractive car that mixes both grace and aggression.
The interior is also a bit of the same, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Audi RS7’s interior is still one of the best in the business, with miles of leather and carbon fiber adorning the cabin. Contrast stitching and quilted seatbacks make the RS7’s cabin a luxurious, yet sporty, place to be.
Both the powertrain and drivetrain are unchanged for the facelift. 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque are still developed from its 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged TFSI V8. Power is sent through an 8-Speed ZF Automatic and sent through all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. The sprint from 0-60 mph take just 3.9 seconds, which is Porsche 911 Carrera GTS fast in a two-ton four seater luxury sedan. Anyway you slice it, the Audi RS7 is a rapid machine.
While, the RS7 can pulverize tires into smoke with its immense power, it’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, in terms of handling. The Audi RS7 is a very capable car, don’t mistake me, but it’s more sledgehammer than scalpel in the twisty bends. It sort of imposes its might on corners and bullies through them, tires screaming and passengers hurling, as its Quattro all-wheel drive clings on while the 4.0 TFSI engine rockets it through. It’s effective for its size, but there’s no mistaking the RS7 for some lithe canyon carver.
All in all, the Audi RS7 still packs a wallop, rides beautifully (though, the 21″ wheels make things a bit rougher) and is immensely luxurious. While the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is the prettier of the two and faster with its Competition Package, the Audi RS7 is a compelling offering with its hatchback body style and go-anywhere Quattro all-wheel drive.ZigWheels]