Its only been sale a year, but Audi has already given its RS7 Sportback five-door supercoupe a refresh, the Audi RS7 facelift.   Most the changes focus on making the RS7’s searing 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine compliant with the new EU6 emissions standards. The changes mean the 552bhp, 513lb/ft of torque powerhouse now returns a remarkable combined fuel economy of 29.7mpg and Co2 emissions of 221g/km, at least in part thanks to the Cylinder on Demand system which shuts down half the pistons under light loads.

Audi RS7 Facelift – Performance

Performance remains unchanged, the 0-62mh sprint dealt with in 3.9 seconds and the top speed limited to 155mph. The optional dynamic packages remain available, raising the top speed to 174mph or 189mph. As ever, an eight-speed automatic gearbox and quattro four-wheel-drive keep everything under control. The RS7 rides on adaptive air suspension and 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, though 21’s and steel sports suspension are available as options. Carbon-cermaic brakes are available for those who really want to use the RS7’s top-end.

Audi RS7 Facelift – Cosmetic Changes

Audi has taken the opportunity to carry out some minor cosmetic changes to the RS7 as well. The front bumper is new, as are the LED headlights. The rear lights, too, have been redesigned. The interior features a new instrument cluster, ventilation controls and the latest generation of Audi’s infotainment system.

Audi RS7 Facelift – Photographs

The facelifted Audi RS7 Sportback will be available to order this summer, with deliveries due to start late in the year.

New RS7 has 20-inch wheels as standard; 21's optional

New RS7 has 20-inch wheels as standard; 21’s optional

RS7's LED rear lights redesigned

RS7’s LED rear lights redesigned

RS7's interior also lightly revised

RS7’s interior also lightly revised