Next Audi RS 7 getting 700hp PHEV drivetrain

by Ronan Glon
Next Audi RS 7 getting 700hp PHEV drivetrain

Porsche tech will help the RS 7 go faster than ever.

Audi will electrify the next RS 7, according to a British media outlet.

The second-generation RS 7 will receive a brand-specific version of the gasoline-electric powertrain found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Evo has learned. The information comes straight from Marc Lichte, the company's head of design. The setup will consist of a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 and an electric motor connected to a lithium-ion battery pack. The two power sources will provide about 700 horsepower, which is roughly 100 more than the most potent RS 7 sold today, yet the sedan will be capable of zero-emissions driving for short distances.

Enthusiasts who don't like the idea of a hybrid sports sedan won't be entirely out of luck. The standard RS 7 will get the 4.0-liter V8 found in numerous Volkswagen Group models, including the Porsche Panamera and the new Bentley Continental GT. Evo reports it will deliver approximately 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.

An eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi's famed quattro all-wheel drive system will come standard regardless of which powertrain the RS 7 is equipped with. At this time it's unclear whether the RS 7 will be part of Audi Sport's shift towards rear-wheel drive models.

We expect to see the next A7 in the metal before the end of the year; a debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show doesn't sound too far-fetched. Both variants of the high-performance RS 7 will arrive in showrooms before the end of next year.