Reports suggest that Audi might be gearing up to for one of its most ambitious projects in sports performance segment line-up.
Latest photos of the upcoming model that was accessed by Auto Express suggests that revamped RS7 would be a plug-in hybrid and that it will pack much more power than any of its siblings in the sports performance segment.
While engineers at the German can manufacturers' are touching upon the final stages of RS7's development, it could be learned that Audi pulled its launch date of RS7 back due to customer demand for the sports premium.
The hybrid powertrain that the upcoming car would possess is rather 'special' being jointly made by Audi and Porsche. Audi's upcoming A7 on which the RS7 is primarily based on was recently seen at the Nurburgring circuit sporting a partial camouflage. Features on the A7 sported significant changes such as a new aggressive front end and a twin exhaust pipe set-up.
The new A7 was also seen reported to have a lower ride height, stiffened suspensions, and carbon-ceramic brakes which will most likely make their way into the RS7 as well.
Similar to the last time, the RS7 will be launched in two variants: a standard badge model and Performance-badge variant. The standard badge model is likely to possess Volkswagen's 4.0-litre V8 engine that is currently seen on Porsche Panamera Turbo, Lamborghini Urus, and Bentley Bentayga.
The electric motor that would be added to the combustion engine on the new RS7 is reported to produce an additional power of 140hp. Transmission of the all-wheel-drive model would be an S-Tronic dual-clutch auto gearbox which will be standard throughout the lineup. The Panamera-powertrain that the company adopted is expected to have a peak torque of 850Nm, making it the quickest Audi in the sports line-up, capable of touching triple digit speeds in 3.5 seconds.
The new RS7 will be among the firsts in Audi's efforts to revamp the lineup and compensate for the lack of performance SUVs.