If you’re an Audi fan, there’s one more reason to get excited about next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show as the Four Rings have announced the unveiling of the RS7 Sportback will take place at IAA. Joining new arrivals such as the Q3 Sportback, RS6 Avant, and the facelifted A4 and Q7 lineups, the BMW M8 Gran Coupe competitor will be in Germany to share the spotlight with the AI:TRAIL concept car.
A teaser image has sadly not been provided by the Ingolstadt-based marque, but having seeing Audi Sport’s new super wagon, imagining the RS7 Sportback is not all that difficult. We’re expecting the flagship A7 model to have virtually the same front fascia design as its long-roof cousin, coupled with the subtle styling tweaks the RS models are known for. At the back, the wagon’s largest-ever oval exhausts from Audi will likely be installed on the RS7 as well. The side profile will exhibit the biggest Audi Sport brakes ever, provided the Sportback gets the same rotors as the Avant, and wheels as large as 22 inches.
Motivation will be provided by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with a mild hybrid twist delivering 591 horsepower (441 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque. Performances should closely mirror those of the wagon, so look for the 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) run to take 3.6 seconds. While the U.S.-spec RS6 Avant will be capped at 155 mph (250 kph), the Euro version will do 189.5 mph (305 kph) with the optional dynamic package plus. Expect similar velocities for the RS7 Sportback.
Following its world debut on Tuesday, the new Audi RS7 Sportback will likely go on sale in the United States at some point in 2020 when the RS6 Avant is also scheduled to hit dealers.
Audi at the IAA Frankfurt 2019
- Audi Press Conference on September 10, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. (CEST)
- Two world debuts – Audi AI:TRAIL and Audi RS 7 Sportback*
- Show debut for an array of new models
- Shown to a live audience for the first time: the Audi e-tron FE06
Audi is bringing two world debuts and an array of show firsts to Frankfurt in September 2019. The brand with the four rings is using the International Motor Show (IAA) to showcase a stunning collection of new products, both in the e-mobility area and from its range of conventionally powered models. The Press Conference on September 10 will feature the unveiling of the Audi AI:TRAIL concept car, the vision of a future electrically powered off-roader. Another model making its first appearance will be the new Audi RS 7 Sportback*, with which Audi Sport GmbH is expanding its portfolio of high-performance automobiles. In the shape of the e-tron FE06, Audi’s Formula E racing car can be admired for the first time in its new technical configuration and with its new design.