Just as the A7 starts to hit dealers there’s word that Audi may unveil a high-performance S7 at the upcoming Paris Auto Show. While Audi won’t confirm as much, it’s believed the German automaker is planning to unveil the more powerful version of its luxury hatchback in Paris and company representatives are being as tight-lipped about what the powerplant may be.
With Audi shying away from the 5.2-liter V10 as of late, it’s unlikely to make the grade. The same can be said for the 4.2-liter V8 used in the R8 and RS5, which just due to the quick changes in the auto industry as of late has become somewhat outdated with not enough power and too much in the size and weight categories. And with the standard A7 using the brand’s supercharged 3.0-liter V6, you can pretty much count that option out.
This is leading to speculation upon speculation that a new turbocharged V8 is in the works. This engine would be the same powerplant that Bentley is set to use in the 2011 Continental GT - although Bentley has only said it’s a V8 and made no indication of forced induction.
As for a transmission choice, the S7 is likely to use a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch setup, with the A7 using an 8-speed automatic.
In addition to this new Autoblog reports that Audi is scheduled to make a decision about the fate of the TT RS for the U.S. in the coming days. Let’s hope it’s good news.