2012 Audi S7 Sportback: full details, specs and photos

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 17, 2011

The Audi S7 Sportback is powered by the new 4.0 TFSI, which is the engine used on the S6 and S6 Avant. It delivers 309 kW (420 hp) and 550 Nm (405.66 lb-ft) of torque on the S7 Sportback. The five-door coupe is powered by the twin-turbo V8, enabling it to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds and to reach a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

With a fuel consumption rating of 9.7 liters per 100 km (24.25 US mpg), this cultivated eight-cylinder uses Audi's "cylinder on demand" technology under part load. This impressive efficiency is mostly due to its lightweight body of hybrid aluminum construction. Its weight is about 15% lower than one with an all-steel body.

One of its lightweight parts is the long rear hatch that opens and closes electrically as standard. Under it is a luggage compartment with a volume of 535 liters (18.89 cu ft). When the rear seat backs are folded down, the space increases to 1,390 liters (49.09 cu ft).The Audi S7 Sportback’s power transmission comes from the dynamic seven-speed S tronic and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system that has a self-locking center differential and torque vectoring. Audi’s optional sport differential distributes the power in different proportions between the rear wheels. The S7 Sportback is available as standard with the adaptive air suspension sport and the Audi drive select dynamics system.

At the back of the 19-inch wheels, we see huge, internally ventilated disc brakes front and rear. Their matt black calipers feature S7 logos up front. Offered as an option are carbon fiber-ceramic discs. The other chassis options include 19- and 20-inch wheels and dynamic steering, which varies its ratio as a function of speed. The Audi S7 Sportback has a seamless design. Ideal proportions are the result of its long engine hood, long wheelbase and short overhangs.

The five-door model has the coupe’s character with the addition of the low, dynamically tensioned roof line. To enhance stability, a rear spoiler extends from the rear hatch at highway speeds. Even the interior shows off just how sporty the S7 Sportback is, from 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. Stainless steel is used for the footrest and the pedals. The soft keys of the MMI operating system come with an aluminum-look finish.

Audi will try its fortunes on a new market segment with the large five-door Audi A7 Sportback, which has been laden with ground-breaking technology, emotional design and sporty character. It should appeal to people who are looking for a vehicle that features the comforts of a sedan, the sportiness of a coupe, and the practical nature of a station wagon. With dimensions of 4.97 meters (16.31 ft) in length, 1.91 meters (6.27 ft) in width, and 1.42 meters (4.66 ft) in height, the Audi A7 Sportback boasts of a long wheelbase, a long hood, short front overhang as well as flowing C-pillars and dropping rear.

These attributes provide the five-door coupe with a wide and dynamic road stance. It is also marked by a new design line that further takes its elegance to a whole new level. As expected of Audi, the new A7 Sportback is fitted with a lightweight body -- courtesy of an array of components made from aluminum – as well as with sporty chassis featuring new technologies like electromechanical power steering. Its body is made from aluminum and high-tech steels, a combination that renders the new A7 Sportback lightweight and safe. This new offering from Audi is also provided with a range of assistance and infotainment systems. Power is provided through any of the four available V6 engines, all of which boasts of refined dynamics and excellent efficiency.

One of these engines is the 3.0 TDI that provides up to 150 kW (204 hp). When mated to multitronic transmission, the engine emits just 139 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (223.70 g/mile). These V6 engines also provide a pleasing soundtrack. In terms of travel comfort, especially during long trips, the new Audi A7 Sportback provides more than enough. In fact, the driver and passenger would experience a very low interior noise level even when the car is being driver at highway speeds.

Moreover , the new Audi A7 Sportback boasts of superb vibrational comfort, thanks to Audi’s effort to use well-tuned components, drivetrain bearings, stiff body and systematic hydraulic damping in the axle. In terms of practicality, the new A7 Sportback features easy-to-access and easy-to-load luggage compartment that could hold 535 liters (18.89 cu ft) of cargo. This capacity could be further expanded to 1,390 liters (49.09 cu ft) by folding down the rear seat backrests. The new Audi A7 Sportback will be available at dealerships in the fall with a starting price of €51,600.

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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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