Awhile back, we learned that the Audi RS7 will come in two flavors, offering two different powertrains — a standard RS7 and a performance variant. The former will pack a conventional powertrain and the latter will be getting a plug-in hybrid powertrain, similar to that of the Porsche Panamera Turbo E S Hybrid. That hybrid RS7 will become the most power car Audi has ever made. Ever.
From what we’ve heard, the standard Audi RS7 will use a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 packing around 600 hp. It’s the same engine used in the Porsche Panamera Turbo, the Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus. So it will be extremely powerful and will make the RS7 very, very fast. But it’s the Performance variant that will be the most powerful Audi ever. Packing the same twin-turbo V8 combined with an electric motor, the Audi RS7 Performance is said to make close to 700 hp. It will likely be around the same 671 hp mark as the Hybrid Panamera.
Now, that doesn’t mean the Audi RS7 Performance will be the fastest Audi of all time. Much like the Panamera Hybrid, the Audi RS7 Performance will be very heavy, thanks to its batteries and electric motor. So that will hamper its performance a bit. However, it will be brutally, incredibly fast. Expect a 0-60 mph time in the low three-second range. It will likely be the fastest Audi sedan of all time, though, with only cars like the Audi R8 V10 Plus being faster.
We’re also not so sure it will last as Audi’s most powerful car for a long time. Audi will be revealing an electric car concept at Pebble Beach next week that will be sort of an electric supercar, possibly to replace the Audi R8. So that could become the most powerful Audi of all time when it finally debuts.