The German-based car manufacturer Audi is currently working hard to develop the new RS 7 Sportback. This high-performance sports car will most likely get a minor facelift for the 2020 model year. The current RS 7 Sportback is still based on the second-generation Audi A7 which was first introduced at the Detroit Motor Show back in January 2018. Recently, a prototype version of the 2020 Audi RS 7 Sportback wrapped in heavy camouflage has been spotted during its testing on the Nurburgring circuit. The new model has received several aggressive changes to its exterior design, including new front fascia and larger fenders.
That’s clearly the final prototype version of the new RS 7 Sportback which looks to use the A7 and 55 TFSI badges on its body panel. There are some important changes that need to be noted, including the new front bumper with larger air intakes, oval exhaust tips, bulging fenders, and special pair of RS exhaust. The 2020 Audi RS 7 Sportback gets several production-ready parts, including bigger alloy wheels, dual oval exhaust tips, new rear bumper, triangular grilles design, wide hexagons mesh grille, and wider fenders.
Tech Specs and Powertrain
Under the hood, the 2020 Audi RS 7 Sportback is still powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 TFSI engine capable of cranks out up to 650 horsepower. There’s also a high-performance RS 7 Sportback with a hybrid system combined with an electric motor, which is claimed to be able to provide up to 700 horsepower. It’s powered by the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine paired to an electric motor and 4-kWh lithium-ion battery, capable of producing up to 680 horsepower.
This hybrid powertrain system derived from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid but gets some performance tweaks, so it can produce up to 700 horsepower. It’s set to compete with the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S in the same class. The current AMG GT 63 S relies on a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine capable of spewing up to 630 horsepower and 665 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds before reaching its top speed at 196 mph.
Pricing and Release Date
Release date hasn’t been confirmed, but we can expect the 2020 Audi RS 7 Sportback to arrive at the showroom around the end of this year after this new model made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The price tag may rise slightly from the current model, which starts at $113,900 for the entry-level variant, and $130,700 for the high-performance version.