To go along with its sleek fastback body, the full-size Audi S7 packs a turbocharged V8 and taut underpinnings that elevate it to performance sedan status. While it costs substantially more than the A7 on which it's based, there's no denying the S7 competes on a whole different level.
2016 Audi S7 Overview
What's New for 2016
The S7 gets updated instrumentation and infotainment controls, along with revised front and rear fascias. The V8 gains 30 horsepower for a total of 450.
Choosing Your Audi S7
Every S7 is endowed with a turbocharged 4-liter V8 with 450 horsepower and a seven-speed automated manual transmission. You also get a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension and a performance differential that can transfer power between the rear wheels. As expected in an Audi of this caliber, all-wheel drive and a selectable driving mode system are standard. The S7 plows from zero to 60 mph in a scant 4.3 seconds.
The S7's interior is done up in diamond-stitched leather and high-end features like four-zone climate control, a web-based navigation and infotainment system, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system with HD radio. You can upgrade to a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system in place of the Bose unit.
For safety, there's a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a blind-spot warning system -- all standard.
- The Driver Assistance package tacks on lane-keeping assist, a surround-view camera system, collision mitigation, and adaptive cruise control with automatic braking and accelerating.
Infrared night vision with pedestrian detection is a standalone option.
- The Comfort Seating package adds multicontour seats throughout with ventilation and massage in front.
- You can also get heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel in the Cold Weather package.
Power soft-close doors and rear thorax airbags are available separately. Note that the S7 carries bucket seats in the rear, so it's strictly a four-seater.
- The Black Optic package spruces up the exterior with body-color mirrors, a gloss black single-fame grille and gloss black window surrounds.
LED headlamps are available as standalone option.
The S7 is obviously a fully equipped luxury-sport sedan from the start. That said, we do recommend the excellent Comfort Seating package ($2,000) if you intend to take long trips with any regularity.