The New RS7 Is Already Faster Than Audi Says

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There goes Audi again, underestimating its own cars.

Audi just revealed the 2020 RS7 Sportback and the new model sports a healthy performance increase compared to the outgoing car. The all-new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 now produces 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque (compared to 560 hp and 516 lb-ft in the last generation) and comes mated to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Audi says the RS7 can hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, though we instantly suspected this number would drop when outlets started to measure the car in the real world.

Just as we predicted, the RS7 has been put in the hands of test drivers and the 0-60 mph numbers have turned out to be conservative once again. The same phenomenon occurred with the RS3's 0-60 time and even a standard A4. Audi quotes a 0-60 time and the real-world numbers turn out to be much faster.

Auditography via YouTube
Auditography via YouTube

YouTube channel Auditography was able to get its hands on the new RS7 for a test around Germany and even had a Vbox on hand to measure the car's performance figures. The car also has its own built-in performance data logger on the Virtual Cockpit display, which shows the 0-100 kph (62 mph) and 0-200 kph (124 mph) in the gauge cluster.

Audi might say the RS7 can hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds but the car's own display showed a run to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds. Auditography says the car can perform a 3.4-second run "pretty much anytime, any place" but its best run was clocked at just 3.38 seconds.

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Auditography also ran the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds - beating Audi's estimates by a tenth of a second - while the car was fully loaded with luggage and had two people in it. Just as we've seen from Audi in the past, the RS7's performance metrics were seriously underestimated from the factory and when the car goes in for real performance testing with professional drivers, we may see even better numbers from the performance sedan.

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