As implied by the audio track, MOTOR’s European editor Georg Kacher expects the next RS7 to show up powered by Audi’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 or a more powerful evolution of it. He reports the same expectation for the next RS6, as well as the incoming RS Q8.
Whether the engine will have a similar output to the current 445kW/750Nm RS7 Performance or something more powerful is uncertain, but Kacher tells us not to hold our breath for a plug-in hybrid version of the V8.
It would be counter-productive for Audi to release an updated version of the RS7 if it wasn’t as capable as its predecessor, so expect performance figures to best 3.7 seconds to 100km/h.
For reference, in the RS7 Performance, MOTOR managed to hit 100km/h in just 3.37 seconds and run the quarter in 11.29sec at 202.79km/h.
In terms of future development of the RS7’s drivetrain, Kacher tells us the V8 might not be the only thing powering high-performance ‘7’ models by the end of its next generation.
Insiders expect this portfolio to include S and RS versions of E7 (four-door coupé, A7 Sportback-sized) and EQ5/6/7/8/9 (all of them crossovers).
Not surprisingly, the power boost that must come with every RS offering is fuelled (err, or not fuelled) by high-performance batteries and more potent E-motors.
If the spy video is anything to go by, we’re not going to be disappointed by the initial V8 offering.