New-look Audi RS7 Sportback revealed

New-look Audi RS7 Sportback revealed

Audi has revealed the modest changes it has made to this year's RS7. These changes mainly consist of new LEDs on either side of the dominant honeycombed black grille, newly-designed 20-inch wheels, LED tail lights, and the choice of four new paint jobs.

Under the bonnet nothing much has changed. The Audi-Bentley V8 4.00-litre remains untouched, which is hardly a surprise. The engine develops 552bhp, sending its power to each of the four wheels using an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The company claims that the new model delivers acceleration of 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds. This is the same as the old model, which is only 18 months old. The top speed of the RS7 is artificially set at 155mph, but this can be increased to either 174mph or 190mph by buying an upgrade package.

One of the cleverest technological party tricks of Audi with the V8 4.00-cylinder is the cylinder deactivation system, which turns the eight-pot into a four-cylinder engine and explains how the car can achieve low CO2 emissions (221g/km) and fuel economy of 29.7mpg.

Inside the new Sportback there is a tweaked instrument cluster, air vents and paddle shifts. Audi has also upgraded the MMI multi-media system, which now comes with an improved graphics package.

The car will be in showrooms later this year, probably around the end of autumn. If you are buying it in Europe you will pay €113,000, which suggest that it will cost approximately £84,000 in the UK.