Following the announcement of 2015 Facelifts for both the A7 and S7, Audi announced the 2016 RS7 in June this year. Arguably one of the best cars Audi offers today, the RS7 is equipped with enough power and class to make it one of our absolute favorites.
The new facelift brings, like its A7 and S7 counterparts, subtle new upgrades to the existing phenomenal design of the RS7, making it even more dominating and classy sportback than its predecessor. Though an already great offering, the 2016 model needs to achieve a lot to top the performance of the 2015 RS7.
Featuring a new set of headlights and taillights, somewhat similar to its A7 and S7 siblings, the Facelift adds a great contour to an already nice-looking front bumper. Its 20/ 21-inch alloy wheels and matte aluminum décor give it a unique elegance, unparalleled by any other car from Audi. The already low air intakes however, are borrowed from the outgoing model.
Changes on the inside include a larger driver-information display. Tucked between the tachometer and the speedometer, this new display is also equipped with Google Earth. The interior boasts improved infotainment and telematics systems, to make them more intuitive. They come with LTE and Siri Eyes Free support. The Audi’s MMI interface is now even more intuitive, and aided with an upgraded night-vision display, it really provides better usability. The cabin is suitably loaded with a number of color and wood options to choose from.
Speaking of the performance of this sportback, the powertrain has been borrowed from its predecessor. The twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 makes a comeback, chugging out 560hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. This engine takes the RS7 from zero to 62mph in merely 3.9 seconds on its way to a top-speed of 190mph in the European model and 174mph in the US variant. The transmission is a super-fast eight-speed Tiptronic automatic with quattro all-wheel drive and sport differential.
In addition to this already impressive powertrain, the new RS7 brings better maneuverability, cornering and handling even at high speeds.
The 2016 Audi RS7 is set to debut sometime next year. Pricing is not confirmed yet, but it can’t be too far ahead of the current model, the basic trim of which has a starting price of $106,500.