The second-generation 2020 Audi RS 7 Sportback has recently been spotted in the form of a prototype version during the company’s internal testing on the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit. The new RS 7 Sportback is wrapped in full camouflage while undergoing final testing at the Nurburgring and it looks to get some minor improvements such as aggressive front fascia and bigger fenders. Nevertheless, this large luxury sedan is still based on the Audi A7 Sportback, so it’s not surprising that both will be very similar in terms of design.
The 2020 Audi RS 7 Sportback is still equipped with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 TFSI gasoline engine under its hood, which is expected to provide 650 horsepower. If you want more power, you can choose the new high-performance version of the RS 7 Sportback that has adopted a hybrid system with an electric motor, and it’s expected to produce 700 horsepower. The hybrid powertrain base is likely to be taken from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid with several performance upgrades in order to produce 700 HP.
The power source is the same, coming from the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 TFSI engine paired to an electric motor with a 4-kWh lithium-ion battery rated at 680 horsepower In order to beat the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S in its class, Audi must have set a higher standard for the 2020 RS 7 Sportback. Given that the current Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S offering 630 horsepower and 665 lb-ft of torque that comes from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. It’s claimed to be able to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed reaching 196 mph.
The prototype version of the RS 7 Sportback that was caught in final testing at the Nurburgring has adopted large air intakes in its front bumper, bulging fenders, as well as “A7 and 55 TFSI” badges with oval exhaust tips. In addition, the car is also equipped with a redesigned rear bumper, large alloy wheels, and a special pair of RS exhaust. At last year testing, this super luxury sedan also appeared to adopt several production-ready components such as wide hexagons mesh grille, triangular outboard grilles, wider fenders and dual oval exhaust tips.
Release Date and Price
We don’t know for sure about the release date, but the 2020 Audi RS 7 Sportback is expected to hit the European market later this year or around the third quarter of this year. In addition, this new model is likely to make its first debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019 before starting sales later this year. Look for the official pricing details when the car has been released to the market. However, we can expect the price tag for the 2020 Audi RS 7 Sportback will not be much different from the current model price which starts at $113,900 for the standard model, and $130,700 for the high-performance RS5 Sportback.