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During the Industry Pool at the Nürburgring I have filmed the 2020 Audi RS7.

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.

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.

Audi Sport’s upcoming four-door coupe looks like it’s wearing the final production front end. 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.

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