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The Audi S7 is a high performance version of Audi’s A7 Sportback. The A7 is a full-size  four-door sedan with a hatchback-style rear roofline and integrated trunk lid, and it shares its chassis and most of its sheet metal with its higher priced, more luxurious, faster and quicker sibling. The Audi S7 was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, and went on sale in early 2012. The Audi S7 is produced at an Audi assembly facility in Germany. It is designed to compete with other luxury and high performance import cars, specifically the turbocharged V8s from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the other premium German brands.

Though the more commonplace Audi A7 comes with plenty of juice, boasting a supercharged V6 engine that yields 310 horsepower, the Audi S7, by its nature, must outdo that performance by a wide margin. The Audi S7 comes equipped with a 4-liter bi-turbo V8 TFSI gasoline engine that yields 420 horsepower. The engine is paired to a high performance seven-speed S-tronic automated manual transmission that isn’t available on the A8. The Audi S7 is rated for a 0-60 acceleration time of 4.5 seconds. The car earned Environmental Protection Agency fuel efficiency ratings of 17 miles per gallon city, 27 miles per gallon highway, and 20 miles per gallon combined, which is above average for vehicles in its class. The Audi S7 features Audi’s Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system, complemented by a sport optimized rear differential that can transfer the car’s power from one of the rear wheels to the other. The car rides on a sport air suspension, engineered for a comfortable yet precise ride, and 19-inch wheels fitted over anti-lock disc brakes.

The Audi A7 can seat five occupants, but the backseat of the Audi S7 features two sport buckets rather than a bench, reducing the vehicle’s overall capacity to just four people. Audi has configured the S7 in just one trim level, although plenty of options are available in packages. Most of the A7’s optional features are standard on the S7. The S7 comes equipped with adaptive xenon headlights surrounded by LED daytime running lights, a sunroof, keyless entry, keyless ignition, a power liftgate, a blind spot warning system, heated exterior mirrors with power-folding and auto-dimming functions, front parking sensors, rear parking sensors, quad zone climate control, Audi Drive Select to allow the driver to fine-tune the steering and suspension, diamond-quilted leather seats, a power steering wheel with tilt and telescoping functions, driver memory settings, eight-way power heated front seats with driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, voice controls, and a rearview camera. The car’s electronics are controlled through an 8-inch display screen mounted in the center console, enabling access to the navigation system, Bluetooth wireless integration, Audi Connect infotainment system, and 14-speaker Bose audio system with a CD and DVD player, HD radio, and iPod integration.  

Options packages on the Audi S7 offer bundled features such as a head-up display, night vision assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, front and rear cameras, upgraded front seats with ventilation and massaging functionality, 20-inch seven-spoke wheels, a black grille paired with black window surrounds, power-closing doors and an upgraded audio system.