Here’s an interesting test mule spied by our photographer sources in the Alps showing what appears to be the upcoming sedan version of Audi’s mid-sized RS cars. Expect it to be called RS 7, though there’s no RS 6 nor RS 7 sedan on sale currently.
Though hotter “performance” versions of the C8 RS 6 and RS 7 models have been shown, neither have gone through full mid-lifecycle freshening just yet. This car could represent such a product improvement (P.I.) though it’s hard to spot many differences in the exposed grilles. Perhaps the P.I. is mild as we’ve heard.
More interesting is the shape, quite obviously a current A6 sedan roofline, but everything below the beltline in proportion with the RS 6 Avant or or RS 7. Adding a sedan version is one more affordable way for Audi to keep things fresh in this segment. Also, expect the name for all ICE-derived C8 models to switch to seven nomenclature, meaning “RS 7” naming for Sportback, Avant and sedan.
Beyond 4-door bodywork, there are other interesting details revealed on this car. First and foremost, the mule has a warning sticker required on cars with electrification, and also a charger port. These indicate plug-in hybrid augmentation to the RS 7’s current 4.0 twin turbo only mill. Style details also should be noted, from the switch to more horizontally shaped exhaust tips from the traditional RS ovals, to the massive alloy wheels that harken the classic Audi rotor wheel design appear closer to what was first seen on Audi’s prologue concept cars.
Check out more photos of the car in the gallery below.