Electrification is everywhere – even though initially hybrids were all about improving fuel economy and lower emissions, they’re today at the forefront of performance technology.
Just take a look at the new Mercedes-AMG Project One and you’ll know what we mean when we say hybridization has traveled a long way from being the panache of the Toyota Prius. After all, we live in an age when Tesla Model S electrics take record after record in drag races. It’s only logical that engineers have devised new ways of using electrification – including for enhanced performance when it comes to sports and super cars. For example, Audi’s head of design, Marc Lichte, has allegedly confirmed recently the next Audi RS7 Performance is going to feature a hybrid powertrain for around 2019.
The next generation Audi RS7 is getting a regular, petrol powertrain, but also a hybrid version as the actual flagship version, delivering no less than 700 horsepower – the powertrain is actually already here, tucked inside the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Inside the latter, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 working with an electric engine and a 14-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery has a slightly lower output of 680 horsepower. As far as the standard RS7 is concerned, it’s believed it will receive around 650 horsepower, thanks to the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that skips the hybrid assistance – the Panamera Turbo today has 550 hp.