It seems Audi has hit upon a bit of love-it-or-hate-it styling with its new A7 full-size five-door. Regardless of your stance on its aesthetics, we can all agree that the motor does a fine job of hauling the hefty hatchback around. Now, however, Audi has given us our first glimpse at the more powerful S7, and we can't wait to get this shapely German back on U.S. soil.

Under the hood, a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine belches out 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That's enough motivation to propel the four-passenger five-door from 0-62 miles per hour in under five seconds. Despite the power, Audi has managed to eke out a fuel economy average of 25 miles per gallon thanks to its cylinder deactivation system and seven-speed S tronic gearbox.

Should you live your life in the luxurious fast lane, Audi has prepared a few optional goodies to keep you comfortable at speed. An available sport differential varies the the power distribution between the rear wheels while optional carbon ceramic brakes bring the speedo needle back to legal numbers.

There's no word yet on pricing. It's possible to push the price of a loaded A7 above $80,000, so we expect the S7 to start somewhere in that neighborhood.
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The Audi S7

The Audi S7 uses the same engine as the S6 and S6 Avant, the new 4.0 TFSI with 309 kW (420 hp) and 550 Nm (405.66 lb-ft) of torque. The twin-turbo V8 accelerates the five-door coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds, and top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The cultivated eight-cylinder, which uses Audi's "cylinder on demand" technology under part load, consumes on average just 9.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.25 US mpg).

Much of this groundbreaking efficiency can be attributed to the lightweight body. A hybrid aluminum construction, it weighs roughly 15 percent less than a comparable all-steel body. Lightweight components include the long rear hatch that opens and closes electrically as standard. Beneath it is a luggage compartment with a volume of 535 liters (18.89 cu ft), which increases to 1,390 liters (49.09 cu ft) with the rear seat backs folded down.

Drivetrain and chassis

Power transmission in the Audi S7 is provided by the dynamic seven-speed S tronic and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with a self-locking center differential and torque vectoring. The optional sport differential from Audi distributes the power in variable proportions between the rear wheels.

The S7 comes standard with the adaptive air suspension sport and the Audi drive select dynamics system. Mounted behind the 19-inch wheels are large, internally ventilated disc brakes front and rear. Their matt black calipers sport
S7 logos up front. Carbon fiber-ceramic discs are available as an option. Other chassis options include 19- and 20-inch wheels and dynamic steering, which varies its ratio as a function of speed.

Body and design

The design of the Audi S7 is seamless. The long engine hood, the long wheelbase and the short overhangs create perfect proportions. The low, dynamically tensioned roof line gives the five-door model the character of a coupe. At highway speeds, a rear spoiler extends from the rear hatch to improve stability.

Subtle yet eye-catching details signal the top position in the model series occupied by the 4,980-millimeter (16.34 ft) S7 Sportback. These can be found at the single-frame grille, the front bumper, the side mirrors, the sills, the rear bumper, the diffuser and the tailpipes. Nine exterior colors are available, including the exclusive shades Estoril Blue, crystal effect and Prism Silver, crystal effect. The body is decorated with S and V8 T badges.

Interior

The S7 shows its sporty character in the interior, too. This can be seen in numerous details – the S badges, the red ring on the start-stop button, the S7 logo in the illuminated door sill trims, the aluminum strip on the S tronic selector lever and the aluminum shift paddles. The footrest and the pedals are made of stainless steel, and the soft keys of the MMI operating system are in an aluminum-look finish.

Customers can choose decorative inlays in standard aluminum, carbon, natural fine grain ash and layered Beaufort oak. Black, lunar silver and goa beige (only for the seat upholstery) comprise the color palette for the headlining, instrument panel, carpet and seats. The standard seat upholstery is a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with the leather grades Milano and Valcona available as options.
Audi equips the S7 with height-adjustable S sport seats with power lumbar supports as standard. Comfort seats and regular seats are available as options. The backrests of the S sport seats are embossed with S logos.

Equipment

Delivery of the S7 is scheduled to begin in spring 2012. Among the standard equipment highlights are the xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, the driver information system with color display and the versatile MMI radio plus audio and operating system. Both information hubs are easy to operate.

The S7 can be optionally equipped with all of the high-end extras of the model series. Moreover, all driver assistance and infotainment systems are available, including the Bluetooth online car phone that connects the S7 with the Internet.


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      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      That red doesn't photograph well. Very hard to make out the details of the design.
      zoref
      • 3 Years Ago
      sigh...if only i had $80k
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure if red works for this car....still very nice!
      zoref
      • 3 Years Ago
      sigh...if only i was rich
      ExoPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll also add that its time for Audi to enter the HP race, 420HP and 406 TQ with that price tag isn't going to cut it. Imagine paying $80,000 for this and getting stomped on by a $45,000 Chrysler 300 SRT8 ?
        Christopher Meyer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        Do you honestly think anyone considering an Audi is even going to acknowledge the Chrysler's existence???? This car is classy.....no amount of horsepower is going to make a ChryCo product deserving of that adjective...
        CJ_S4
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        $80k seems about right for this beauty. The HP/TQ numbers are most likely underrated a bit, like the S4 is. I doubt this thing would have any trouble dispatching an SRT-8, especially at altitude. But as mentioned, these cars are in different classes, and will probably not be cross-shopped.
        bouljf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        I agree with CJ_S4, $80K is about right for this car. Keep in mind the S7's main competition is the CLS550 which starts at $71K. Add all wheel drive and a few options to the Benz to keep up with the Audi's usually better equipped base cars and you got a pretty close number. As for being stomped by an SRT8, I wouldn't be surprised if the S7 gets very low 4s to 60 and mid 12s in the quarter with the aid of Quattro and launch control.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        it's the same with every zr-1 and a porsche turbo. buyers won't care because both cars are in different classes.
      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Breath taking!
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just so see the gorgeous here. Looks pretty vanilla to me. Vanillux?
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @You guy
        wow. That SUPPOSED to say "I just don't see..."
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      gorgeous
      kcroc10077
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful car but not for 80k. Like its lil brother the S4, this car costs too much for what you get. JMO YMMV
      Cakeflour
      • 3 Years Ago
      "It seems Audi has hit upon a bit of love-it-or-hate-it styling with its new A7" Um... The A7 has pretty much the same styling as any other Audi, save for the R8.
        Trevor
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cakeflour
        You should visit the nearest lens crafters to get your eyes checked buddy. If you think the R8 and the A7 look similar than you should look into some contacts or laser eye surgery.
          Christopher Meyer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Trevor
          I guess you should go in with him, because he said the A7 looks like every other Audi SAVE for the R8 (not that I agree..).
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool car, but what makes it worth approx. $80K....... Nothing.....
        Tom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Some of us might even be bold enough to say that no car is _worth_ $80k, and that spending such an amount on a car is always excessive, indulgent, and (*gasp*) immoral/sinful. But hey, this is America, and such things just shouldn't be said...
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Downright gorgeous, but the horsepower seems a little down, needs at least 450 if not 500 hp.
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