All-New Audi RS7 Sportback Test Mule Can’t Escape The Camera Lens

With Audi‘s new-generation A7 Sportback already unveiled, the next logical step for Ingolstadt is to roll out the range-topping RS7.

The new RS7 is tipped to hit Audi’s showroom doors sometime in late 2018 and will most likely powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with over 600 HP.

Rumor has it that a hybrid version using a similar drivetrain as the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sporting as much as 700 HP could also join the range, but that remains to be seen.

Visually, this mule is a dead giveaway for the RS7 Sportback. Despite it saying ‘A7’ and ‘TFSI quattro’ on the hatch, you can see the wheel arch extensions as well as the large oval exhaust tips that show this is no ordinary A7.

Since this is a test mule and not a true prototype that’s hiding its styling under heavy camo, we can expect to see more styling changes to the production car, such as a sportier rear diffuser and chunkier front bumper, for example.

With Mercedes dropping the CLS 63 nameplate on their latest generation car, the all-new RS7 will find itself in a fight against the Mercedes-AMG GT 4 come 2019.

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  • Infinite1

    Needs to grow in me for a bit

  • Bo Hanan

    So they washed all the character of this bar of soap…???
    At some point the A6, A7 and A8 will be in the room together and no one will know that they’re 3 different cars.

  • I never really get RS7… Did it actually sell?

    • nastinupe

      Yes… very well actually, they couldn’t make enough of them. I mean whats there not to get. It looked great, drove great, was AWD, had loads of cargo space and a lot of technology. What’s not to love?

    • europeon

      Like hot cakes. Despite its looks, it’s quite a good car.

      • Six Thousand Times

        I would say in addition to its looks but that’s subjective.

  • cooper

    I’d take one over an AMG any day.

  • Vassilis

    Jesus the brakes!

  • lagunas3ca

    How could Audi make the previous gen RS5 and RS7 so perfect yet totally screw up on the new RS models.

    • nastinupe

      How so? Did you even read the article… or did you just look at the pictures like a 3 year old?

      • lagunas3ca

        It has the same side profile as the Ford Fusion now. And don’t tell me this is not what the exhausts will look like. They should be enclosed.

        • Mike Sinyaboot

          I disagree with your first comment that Audi has screwed up the new RS models but just like a taint, everyone has their own and they are diverse. Your reply to ‘nastinupe’ suggests that you are trolling/messing around and if you are being serious, yikes.

          This is a test mule so it is guaranteed that this is not how the exhaust tips will look on the actual RS7. It is extremely obvious that the test mule only has the standard A7 rear bumper which does not integrate the massive RS oval tips. The production version of the new RS7 will integrate the exhaust tips in the diffuser just as the current model does.

          Also, if you think “it has the same side profile as the Ford Fusion”, you may need glasses.

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/93506f488e7533fe815e66910015dbbe1d063114798e89d7a990f554bbf5d56e.jpg
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a0b5fc556d3f95914094a6dd660caa5135632818017ce3ae43987dbce5b9509e.jpg
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e81856bd1dbfa63c2e32dd95ec7c34303a03196de765049f105b2978b0306f0e.jpg

          • lagunas3ca

            The new RS5 doesn’t integrate the exhaust tips like the previous, so what makes you so sure the production version of the new RS7 will integrate the exhaust tips in the diffuser? I look forward to revisiting this when it is revealed 🙂

          • LOOKS WISE IF THE FORD HAD A BIT STRONGER CHARACTER LINE ABOVE THE FENDERS THEY WOULD LOOK EVEN MORE ALIKE. EVEN THE CREASE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE DOORS THAT PULL UP AS IT GOES BACK IS SIMILAR. THE REAR BREAK LINE BETWEEN THE BUMPER/BODY PANEL TOO. THE KICK-UP AT THE BASE OF THE SAIL PANEL WINDOW IS THE ONLY CLEAR DIFFERENCE IN THE OTHERWISE SIMILAR GREENHOUSE ALSO.

  • Tesla-looking

    Looks more like a Tesla, than a previous-gen, spot-the-difference Audi… IMO

  • nauticalone

    Looks okay – but surely doesn’t grab me like previous generation! Especially the rear of this new one – not to my liking. There are some full length rear lights that suit some cars better than others – Dodge Charger comes to mind immediately as one where it suits. Maybe it’ll grow on me….but I doubt it! I don’t like it on new Bugatti Chiron either.
    And the exhaust outlets looks too large here too. I love the previous gen A7 and S7.

    • nastinupe

      This is a mule body. It’s not what the RS7 is going to look like. They put the normal A7 body over the RS7 underpinnings.

      • nauticalone

        Are you saying it won’t have full length rear lighting?
        I thought the same as you suggest of the over-sized exhaust outlet, but I still like the previous rear light proportions.
        Be interesting to see the final vehicle then. Maybe it’ll grow on me? Hopefully the interior will be designed as nice as i’m sure interior quality will be.

        • nastinupe

          Yes this is the next generation A7’s body but the car underneath is the RS7.

          Google 2019 and you can see the finished product for the new A7. The interior is sick!

  • Fabián Montiel

    I think there’s a car stuck to those brakes, holly molly those are HUGE.

  • ADD ON WHEEL ARCHES TO COLLECT SNOW IS AN INTERESTING DESIGN TOUCH.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Not an Audi enthusiast but I still really like this.

  • jsz00

    I think the Honda Accord looks better

  • Hockeyman

    By autobild, – upcoming RS7 V8 – 650 hp and RS7 hybrid (Plus) – 700 hp.

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