Taking the standard A7 and updating the powertrain and chassis, the 2018 Audi S7 is like the cherry on top of a sundae. Powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, it generates 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque at a very accessible 1,400 rpm. Using a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive, the S7 charges to 60 mph in an estimated 4.5 seconds. The EPA rates the S7 at 16 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway, and 18 combined.
The S7 is priced from $82,175 (including the $975 destination charge). For that, there are a lot of standard features in addition to the unique powertrain.
Helping ensure the chassis can handle the newly found speed, adaptive air suspension is standard as are more powerful brakes and Audi Drive Select which offers Comfort, Automatic, Dynamic, and Individual chassis and powertrain settings.
The front and rear fascias are shaped to deliver a more aggressive appearance and the 20-inch wheels, quad exhaust outlets, LED headlights and taillights, and bright aluminum-optic paint on the mirrors help punctuate the S7’s performance capabilities.
The interior features a standard rearview camera, a 14-speaker Bose audio system with SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and HD radio capability, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, navigation, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and 14-way power front seats that are covered with Valencia leather.
Likely most enticing to potential owners, the S Sport Package ($3,900) includes a torque-vectoring rear differential, a sport exhaust system, variable-ratio steering, and red painted calipers. On the safety front, the Driver Assistance Package ($2,000) features adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, active lane assist, and high-beam assist. A Comfort Seating Package ($1,850) features 18-way power adjustable front seats with ventilation and massage, while a Cold Weather Package ($500) brings a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Audi Design Selection - Arras Red interior theme is available for $1,250 and includes carbon twill and red decorative inlays.
In place of a surround-view camera display, the S7 features a corner-view camera system, but only as part of the Prestige Package ($1,950). This package bundles together a head-up display, soft-closing power doors, and allows for the optional Black Optic Package with 21-inch wheels for $1,700. Without the Prestige Package, the Black Optic Package is available for $750 and includes high gloss black trim and unique 20-inch wheels.
A Bang and Olufsen premium audio system ($4,900) and a night-vision system ($2,500) are also features only available through the Prestige Package.
Though it's the current generation’s final year, the 2018 Audi S7 still provides the performance and tech necessary to compete in this demanding segment. The S7 begs for the S Sport Package, while the Driver Assistance Package should also be considered for the added safety it brings.
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