Audi Sport’s technical development head hinted that future “Performance” versions of the RS 6 and RS 7 will benefit from batteries and electric motors.
The RS7 does indeed wear blistered wheel arches and sits on huge tracks, but because the A7 is already wider than the A6, the hotter version doesn’t look quite as punchy. You still wouldn’t mess, but the RS7 looks like it could fit through, say, a medium-sized tunnel. The RS6 looks like it would get wedged if you tried to drive it under a bridge. So, the RS6 is cooler.
During a preview event at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi Sport bosses said how the performance brand will embrace electrification in future models, suggesting that there will be hot plug-in hybrid variants of the RS6 and RS7.
As it stands, both the RS6 and RS7 are already well-positioned to dominate highways and byways. A sizable wagon with serious performance cred is always fun, and the RS6 Avant’s 591-horsepower (441-kilowatt) twin-turbo V8 is a screamer. It sends the long roof and all its occupants to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and it’s arguably the best-looking RS6 Avant of all-time. The new RS7 Sportback wears the same chiseled face and wields the same 591-hp hammer under the hood, giving Audi a serious one-two punch in an admittedly niche but absolutely awesome segment.
Appearance-wise, the RS7 looks handsome with all the RS parts. There is a blacked-out grille with added lip spoiler, massive 22-inch wheels and side-skirts, while at the back Audi has used functional exhaust tips integrated into the rear diffuser. Audi is offering a choice of thirteen exterior paint finishes, including the two RS-specific shades of Nardo grey and Sebring black. The cabin is similar to all other RS-spec models and comes laden with all the bells and whistles Audi has on offer.
The RS7 is the second of the six RS models after the RS6 Avant slated to arrive by the end of 2019.