Audi S7 Sportback
Martin Rapide production
8th June, 2011
CLS prices announced
5th June, 2011
2nd September, 2011
The Audi S7 Sportback will debut at this month's
Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. The new model Audi uses the same engine as the new 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 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 eight-cylinder, which uses Audi’s “cylinder on demand” technology under
part load, consumes on average just 9.7 litres of fuel per 100 km.
Much of this efficiency can be attributed to the lightweight body. A hybrid aluminium
construction, it weighs roughly 15 per cent 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 litres (18.89 cu ft), which increases to 1,390 litres
(49.09 cu ft) with the rear seat backs folded down.
Drivetrain and chassis
Power transmission in the Audi S7 Sportback is provided by the dynamic seven-speed S tronic and
the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with a self-locking centre differential and torque
vectoring. The optional sport differential from Audi distributes the power in variable proportions
between the rear wheels.
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The S7 Sportback 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 callipers have S7 logos up front. Carbon fibre-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 Sportback is seamless. The long bonnet, the long wheelbase and the short
overhangs provide admirable proportions. The low, dynamically tensioned roof line gives the five-door
model the appearance similar to 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
millimetre (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 colours
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.
The S7 Sportback 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 aluminium strip on the S tronic selector lever and the aluminium shift paddles. The
footrest and the pedals are made of stainless steel, and the soft keys of the MMI operating system
are in an aluminium-look finish.
Customers can choose decorative inlays in standard aluminium, carbon, natural fine grain ash and
layered Beaufort oak. Black, lunar silver and goa beige (only for the seat upholstery) comprise the
colour 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 Sportback 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 S7 seats are embossed with S logos.
Among the standard equipment highlights are the xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running
lights, the driver information system with colour display and the versatile MMI radio plus audio and
operating system. Both information hubs are easy to operate.
The Audi S7 Sportback 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 on-line car phone that connects the S7 Sportback with the internet.
European delivery of the S7 Sportback is scheduled to begin in the northern spring 2012. An
Australian release is anticipated quite some months later.