2020 Audi RS7 Sportback is an impressively burly German

Audi's slipstream grand tourer gets 591 horsepower, higher engagement and a heaping helping of attitude.

Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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No longer the shrinking violet among Germany's high-power grand tourers, the 2020 Audi RS7 Sportback makes an impression with its snarlier widebody look.

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The RS7 comes one way: with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 paired to an eight-speed automatic and rear-biased Quattro all-wheel drive.

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Augmented by a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup, the RS7 delivers 592 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

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The RS7's cabin is as beautifully appointed as any recent Audi.

Unfortunately, that Alcantara-wrapped flat-bottom wheel won't make it to the US.

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Quilted leather sport seats not only feature heating, but ventilation for the first time.

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Interestingly, this will be the first RS7 available with five seats -- previous ones had four-seat setups. 

In Europe, both four- and five-seat configurations will be available, but all US-bound RS7s will have five perches.

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Depending on which package you get, the RS7's top speed will range from 155 mph on up to 190 mph.

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The RS7 delivers 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space, or nearly 50 cubes with the rear seats folded.

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Twenty-one-inch wheels are standard, with 22-inchers like this available as an option. 

Amazingly, the ride quality isn't terrible.

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Variable height air suspension is standard. A firmer optional RS Sport setup with Dynamic Ride Control is available, but you won't miss it if you don't order it.

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This aggressive schnoz won't be for everyone, but that's all right -- and given that the RS7 will likely cost around $50,000 more than a regular A7, some greater visual differentiation was certainly in order.

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The RS7 Sportback is only 1.6 inches wider than regular A7 and S7 models, but it looks much broader and burlier.

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Cornering LED headlamps are standard. Euro buyers will get to select RS-specific HD matrix units with laser lights and dark bezels. Sadly, Washington regulators are keeping this tech out of US showrooms for the moment.

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Keep clicking or scrolling for more images of the 2020 Audi RS7 Sportback.

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