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Link to article in Stories. Main text reproduced here, written by Jonathan Burn. "Exclusive image previews the new Audi RS 7, which will use plug-in hybrid tech adopted from the Porsche Panamera. The all-new Audi RS 7 will be the most powerful model in the company’s history and the first car from Audi Sport to feature plug-in hybrid technology, Auto Express can reveal. Engineers are applying the finishing touches to the four-door super-coupe ahead of its arrival in showrooms later next year. Strong customer demand has encouraged Audi Sport to introduce RS models far earlier in a new model’s lifecycle than before, a precedent set with the new RS 5 in 2017. The latest RS 7 will be given Audi Sport’s trademark makeover. Our exclusive main image gives an idea of what the showroom model will look like; blistered arches, an aggressive front end and a twin exhaust pipe set-up will mark it out as the range-topping model. A "significantly lowered ride height, stiffened suspension and carbon- ceramic brakes will all make their way on to the RS 7, alongside bigger wheels and those trademark oval tailpipes. As before, Audi will launch two versions of the RS 7: a standard model and a Performance-badged variant. The first should make use of the VW Group’s new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that’s already found under the bonnet of the Panamera Turbo, Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga. Output in the RS 7 is expected to hit the 600bhp mark. The Audi RS 7 Performance will take advantage of plug-in hybrid technology, partly developed by Porsche. As with the standard model, the Performance will make use of a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, but it will be supplemented by a 140bhp electric motor. The powertrain will be adopted from the Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid, which develops 671bhp and 850Nm.
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