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The new 2018 Audi RS7: dancing on ice

Published: 20 December 2017

► New 2018 Audi RS7
► Spied on winter test
► New V8 turbo, 600bhp 

The new 2018 Audi RS7 has been spotted out and about on winter test in Sweden, proving that Audi is not about to give up on its halo high-performance models - even as it prepares to launch more sober, mostly electrified cars such as the new E-tron EV. Our spies caught this late-stage protoype resting outside shops in northern Sweden, as engineers took a break from validation tests.

The new RS7 Sportback is expected to be shown later in 2018, to crown the new A7 range. Audi Sport has got its hands on this prototype, as evidenced by the swollen wheelarches housing bigger wheels and tyres, the characteristic twin oval exhuast pipes and the rather serious-looking brake discs.

Check out the composite brakes on the new Audi RS7 Sportback!

Yes, these look like the rotors more normally found on a Lamborghini. The giant carbon brake discs (below) are being validated in the chill of a northern Swedish winter and are expected to be an optional equipment upgrade on the production model.

The new 2018 Audi RS7 Sportback: huge ceramic brakes spotted on test

Providing the firepower under the bonnet is a twin-turbocharged V8 believed to be related to that bound for the new 2018 Bentley Continental GT. Peak power is expected to top 600bhp, pointing to some pretty grown-up, supercar-bothering performance.

We wouldn't be at all surprised to hear this fast four-door will crack the four second barrier from 0-62mph, aided by standard Quattro all-wheel drive. Could there be an even faster, hybrid version topping 700bhp? In the summer, then-Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann told CAR that RS customers wanted punchy petrol engines or pure electric cars, rather than mix-and-match hybrids. Expect a Performance pack topping 630bhp though.

When can I buy the new Audi RS7?

Expect a motor show debut in summer 2018, followed by UK sales in the autumn.

It's too early to call prices, but we expect the new fast Audi RS7 Sportback to top £100,000 bearing in mind that the outgoing Performance derivative cost £97k.

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New 2018 Audi RS7 Sportback: prices expected to top £100,000 in the UK

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet