One of the stars of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show came from the Audi stand but it wasn’t any of the brand’s concepts for the future. Instead, it was a good ole fashioned gasoline-burning performance car — the Audi RS7 Sportback. So we bring you some live photos of the new RS7 at the 2019 IAA.
While there were some pretty incredible cars in Frankfurt, especially some great electrified and autonomous concepts, the Audi RS7 Sportback was a standout for multiple reasons. One is that it looks fantastic. We thought it would be hard for Audi to top the stunning good looks of the original RS7 but it did. This new car is gorgeous and makes the old car look, well, old.
Another reason is its performance. Under the hood lies an all-new 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that makes a very healthy 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is sent through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels and can get the heavy Audi RS7 to 60 mph in around a claimed 3.6 seconds. However, we expect it to be quicker than that in reality, as Audi often underrates its performance figures.
It’s also the best grand-tourer in Audi’s lineup. While Audi has some great performance cars and even a supercar, it doesn’t really have a proper GT. That’s because traditional GT cars are sleek, two-door coupes that are as fast as they are luxurious. While the Audi RS7 Sportback isn’t a two-door coupe, it’s a sleek, good looking, very fast and very comfortable car. Aside from body style, the Audi RS7 checks all of the grand-touring car boxes.
In fact, it even brings something a bit different to the traditional GT-car recipe — practicality. The Audi RS7 Sportback sports a liftback tailgate and large trunk. So it’s actually more practical than a car like A8 and that makes grand touring a bit easier and more comfortable. Which makes the RS7 the best GT car in Audi’s lineup.
Check out the photo gallery below.