2020 Audi RS7 With Production Bodywork Drops Covers, Attacks ‘Ring At Full Speed

A late prototype of the 2020 Audi Sportback was spotted in and around the Nurburgring during some high-speed testing, showing off bits of its final production bodywork.

Audi Sport’s upcoming four-door coupe looks like it’s wearing the final production front end, just like the last RS6 tester we showed you a week ago. The more aggressive face is combined with a slightly wider bodywork and a rather large set of wheels, which create the necessary clearance for the huge brakes.

The 2020 RS7 is going to adopt a more angular black front grille with bigger openings, allowing more air to flow through and cool the powertrain. Speaking of which, the reports talk about either a twin-turbo V8 with around 650hp or the 670hp plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

Audi’s head designer reportedly confirmed that Audi plans to offer the RS7 with both powertrains, with the plug-in hybrid to sit on top of the range with 700hp.

Neck-breaking performance, no matter the powertrain

We still can’t tell for sure if the specific Audi RS7 test uses the aforementioned electrified powertrain since it appears to not have a second flap for charging. With that said, ignore the roll cage as well, as it’s there only for safety reasons during development.

Given that the outgoing Audi RS7 Performance is capable of scoring 3.7 seconds for the 0-60mph run, it’s safe to expect that the new model will drop that time into even more neck-breaking territory, partly thanks to improvements made to the Quattro all-wheel drive and its electronics.

Just like the upcoming Audi RS6, the 2020 RS7 will feature a sportier atmosphere in the tech-laden cabin, with bucket seats, contrast stitching and the increased use of Alcantara. Model-specific drive modes are also a given.

The new Audi RS7 will go against models like the BMW M5, as well as the Mercedes AMG GT 4, which is also rumored to get a range-topping plug-in hybrid version.

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  • Leconte Dave

    Can’t stand the tail light

    • Eunos

      Really? I personally think it looks very good, the front is what I don’t like that much.

    • Matthew Boyd

      That’s one of the best things I like about the new design.

  • Dings

    Your opinion

  • john1168

    Does ANYONE know what 55TFSI stands for??? LOL

    • Eunos

      Some sh*t, Audi’s marketing team came up with. The number doesn’t actually corresponds with any output or engine size number.
      Someone at some meeting over at Audi said: “Let’s call it 55!” and everybody else applauded him.

      • Matthew Boyd

        All 3.0’s gasoline are labeled with the 55 tag. This isn’t for the states though, just other countries. Audi put out a press release just search for it on Audi Media Center. All the info is there

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Turbo fuel stratified injection (TFSI) is a trademark of the Volkswagen Group. The 55 is likely the engine size. 5.5L

      • Matthew Boyd

        It’s not the engines size. 55 is for the 3.0 V6 with 340hp. Audi doesn’t have a 5.5L engine. That’s an A7 S Line body with the RS7 front and remaining underpinnings. Also, here in the states TFSI represents that the vehicle with the badge has some form of forced induction, either supercharged or turbocharged, and its fuel delivery is direct injection.

        • Auf Wiedersehen

          Regardless if the 55 meaning, TFSI means as I have stated. Turbo fuel stratified injection, look it up. 55 makes no sense as a designation for the 3.0L. Typically Audi has a trunk badge like 3.0TFSI so 55 makes no sense. Even BMW uses the engine size in the model. If 55 represents the engine, VAG has gone off the rails with this one too. This makes no sense to anyone but the ones who came up with it.

          • Matthew Boyd

            Your missing the point I wouldn’t need to look up the acronym meaning myself, I know what TFSI stands for, I worked for Audi almost 4 years. I defined what it was in my response to prevent confusion. The T represent forced induction and not necessarily turbo. The more you give the name to acronym, the more you can confuse the consumer, trust me. I do agree this makes sense only to the people who came up with the naming scheme though for the nomenclatures, but someone who makes a lot more than you and I made the decision.

        • Auf Wiedersehen

          This pic pretty much answers the question. Audi is confusing buyers. So it’s got a 2.0T, I know let’s call it the A1….35! Makes TOTAL sense! Hey let’s call the A7 3.0L the A7…..55! Done deal! People will love those names because they are so logical!


  • Jds65

    hard to top the looks of the previous gen rs7.The 2017 looks amazing. Take the long middle tail light piece out and the ends look they were inspired by the Model S lol.

  • D3X

    Rear Light bar looks silly, tacked on and very 90s. They designed it not to look too much like the other VAG marque (Porsche), and probably would have looked a lot sleeker if it was, but this design doesn’t fit the A7/S7/RS7 rear at all.

    • SteersUright

      Agreed. Nothing wrong with a lightbar per se, but this one just isnt very pretty. Its an odd shape from end to end and adds nothing to the overall design of the rear, in fact it rather upsets it.

  • SteersUright

    I wouldn’t say horrible, but certainly not quite the striking beauty it once was. Went down the same path as the CLS which itself has become quite a caricature of the originally elegant and innovative design. The RS7 should correct much of the regular A7’s bland design features with its hyper aggressive modifications. Those massive wheels and tires along are undeniably pretty awesome.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Are these pics supposed to look like an accident with the cover hanign off?

    Like a girlie pic: oops, oh my…my panties have fallen to my ankles….what ever should I do with that camera so close by?

  • gregory cassanova

    I doubt that any of this car is wearing produvtion bodywork.

    • Matthew Boyd

      That’s not the production body work. That’s the production front bumper only and exhaust. That’s why it’s the only thing camouflaged. Keep in mind it’s a full RS7 underneath, chassis and what not. An RS7 would need larger intakes up front when testing so they couldn’t keep an s line bumper cover on it so they placed the real bumper cover on the car to run it through the ring so it doesn’t overheat.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Well it’s got the RS7 front on for cooling and has the rear exhaust. Other than that, that’s the A7’s body with tacked on extenders over the wheel wells showing how wide the car will be. It’s lowered and has excessively wide rubber.

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