The Audi S7 2020 is a German technological tour de power. The taillights and headlights greet the proprietor with an inviting gentle present when the discharge button is pressed. Electrical, softly closing doorways hum luxuriously. A collection of three spectacular HD screens stares on the driver ready for directions. The distinctive electrical compressor makes delicate whining noises when the accelerator pedal is depressed. It’s a delicate hybrid with a 48-volt electrical system that sometimes turns off the engine whereas idling at excessive velocity or driving to a purple gentle. All of that basically makes you surprise: how is that this automotive going to be doing in 25 years? A scary thought in view of all of the stereotypes of complicated used German automobiles. Nevertheless, let’s not concern for the long run. This expertise is spectacular, so that you may as properly take pleasure in it.
Since that is the S7, it not solely has all of the technical Doo-Dads of the A7, however can also be sporty. Essentially the most notable addition is the two.9-liter twin-turbo V6 underneath the lengthy bonnet. It produces 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque (109 and 74 greater than the A7, respectively) and sends the S7 to 60 mph in simply 4.5 seconds by way of the automotive’s launch management mode. This mannequin and the S6 are the primary two Audis offered within the US to make use of Audi’s electrical turbocharger expertise. The electrical compressor is powered by the automobile’s 48-volt electrical system and acts as a torque filler, whereas the standard turbos generate a lift. Finally, it is about eliminating what we regularly name turbo lag, giving the rider a greater really feel for the drivetrain, and rising throttle response. All this energy is routed by way of an eight-speed computerized transmission and distributed by way of Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive.
The last-generation S7 had a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 underneath the hood that made 6 horsepower and 37 pound-feet much less of torque than the brand new S7. It additionally sprinted to 60 mph in the identical 4.5 seconds, a shock contemplating that new-generation automobiles hardly ever keep on track at velocity. In nearly all instances, the producer makes the brand new automotive extra highly effective and quicker than the outdated one. That is merely not the case with the 2020 S7. There’s a silver lining to the scaled down engine, nonetheless. This new S7 achieves barely higher gas economic system than the outgoing automotive and achieves an mpg in each class. Nonetheless, it’s kind of of a drinker that comes together with 22 mpg.
Just like the earlier S7, this one has an non-obligatory S-Sport Package deal ($ 4,000) to twist the wick up a bit. It has a Sport Quattro differential, a sport exhaust, all-wheel steering and purple brakes. Audi is upgrading the brakes as customary for the S7 and likewise has an adaptive air suspension with S-Tuning. Our tester has the even higher S Sport adaptive sport suspension ($ 350) which presents probably the most dynamic expertise. The massive bundle is pricey however properly well worth the coin if you wish to take full benefit of the “S” in S7.
The outcome from Audi is a quick (however not too quick) luxurious boat that responds kindly to being thrown round. Should you maintain the throttle on the bottom, the graceful V6 accelerates shortly, however the sound is much more spectacular. Every layer is delimited by a riiiiiiiip That is reasonably un-Audi-like in nature, echoes from buildings and causes a riot in all places. This sports activities exhaust is a bit infantile for such a automotive with a black tie and suspenders, and for that we are saying Amen.
Hopping on the large braces is reassuring. This large (4,597 pound) Audi can scrub velocity in a rush, and it might probably do it with out a crush. Regardless of its weight and huge footprint, the S7 is remarkably straightforward to show round. The automotive stays flat and is steered with the adaptive dampers in dynamic mode, however the flexibility and forgiveness of the chassis make it nice to drive even on incomplete pavement.
There’s an plain digital really feel to the entire firm, but it surely’s at all times evident as you method the boundaries by way of a nook. The load shift on the entrance tires and the tendency to understeer make driving quick very accessible to most, but it surely may get boring when you’re the sort that wishes to really feel a automotive alive. If that’s the case, we wish to introduce you to the traction management off swap on this automobile. Urgent it switches off TCS and places the steadiness management in a extra relaxed state. After a push of the enjoyable pedal slipped out the rear in a decent left-handed individual, we knew we would discovered the suitable button to make this automotive particularly enjoyable to drive. The beforehand tame and severe chassis turns right into a toy that wags its tail and evokes a smile. The S badge deserves it.
Audi additionally crops quite a lot of of those S badges on the outside and inside of the automobile. The S mannequin can also be characterised by a silver-gray trim and S-specific bumpers. It is not notably sporty, however the S7 has a slight edge that the usual A7 lacks. The form of this automotive was and at all times is seductive. Those that favor a cleaner design will just like the earlier S7 as the brand new individual appeals to somebody with a extra noticeable style. It is bolder and angrier, although it shares the sloping Sportback roofline from earlier that has grow to be so influential in sedan designs.
This form nonetheless helps in sensible phrases too. The S7 has 24.9 cubic ft of area behind the rear seats, whereas the S6 (its counterpart to the sedan) manages with simply 13.7 cubic ft. When most area is the purpose in a automotive this measurement, nothing beats the brand new A6 Allroad’s 30 cubic ft. Even so, the compromise on baggage capability within the S7 is not dangerous contemplating the automotive simply clears it out.
In comparison with an AMG or M Sport mannequin, the S7 is tempered and generally seems as a stately luxurious mannequin. Even the metal suspension drives properly over pavement. A touch of wind noise from the mirrors seeps into the cabin at freeway velocity, however flip the dial of the Bang and Olufsen audio system and every part disappears. It is probably the most gratifying listening experiences in any five-digit luxurious automotive offered at present. Every part you work together with and contact has a way of weight and high quality, in addition to satisfactory cushioning. All of this helps the automotive really feel its asking value.
As you’d anticipate, the S7 is pricey at $ 84,495. Our pretty loaded tester shot the worth as much as $ 101,340. Audi makes every bundle so attractive that we might attempt to not say no to any of them. Should you’re pushing for money, the $ 5,600 Status bundle may go, however we nonetheless need the S Sport bundle and the sound of Bang and Olufsen.
The most important deterrent to S7 is the large low cost you get on an S6. Most Vitale are the identical, however the S6 is $ 10,000 cheaper. You need to love that physique form and plan to benefit from the additional trunk to pay that sort of premium. And though the S7 appears to be like spectacular, the BMW eight Collection Gran Coupé and the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class impress in their very own means. Nonetheless, no person makes a automotive just like the S7 with its ample cargo area; Each the Mercedes and the BMW have smaller trunk areas. Since this can be a league of its personal there, the S7 may be the area of interest possibility for you. An AMG GT 53 4-door coupé and a Panamera may kind the ultimate reduce record, however are considerably dearer than the S7 from the beginning.
The change from the V8 to the V6 engine didn’t damage the S7 both. If you need a very racy model of this automotive, the RS 7 is alive and properly with 591 horsepower within the wings. That center floor is nice, and simply slaps the attractive and calm A7 with a touch of persona.