Audi has confirmed a hybrid variant for the next-generation RS 7.

According to Audi design chief Marc Lichte in an interview with Evo magazine, the next A7 will arrive in late 2018 with the choice of two models: a standard RS 7 sporting the VW Group’s trademark twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 for 650 horsepower, and a plug-in hybrid. The plug-in hybrid will carry a less powerful 550-horsepower V8 along with an electric motor and 14-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery for an additional 150 horsepower. Combined, it would generate a total output of up to 700 horsepower, according to Carscoops (image is of an RS5 coupe).

Its hybrid powertrain will be borrowed from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid and the forthcoming Bentley Continental GT. This marks the second collaboration between Audi and Porsche, with the Audi’s S8 Plus V8 sedan also adopting its powertrain from the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

No details have been released regarding its 0-to-60 time and top speed, but it should be comparable to the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which generates an astronomical 0-to-60 time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of approximately 190 mph.

No word on when and where the RS 7 will debut. However, it is expected to go on sale in late 2018.

Motor Authority