2013 Audi S7
We’re no strangers to the Audi side of Volkswagen and their performance S-line. Having driven our fair share in recent months, and with virtually no complaints about any model thus far, our staff was chomping at the bit to try the 2013 Audi S7.
Coupe-like four-door styling keeps all that we loved from last year’s A7, and only further induces those stop and stare turns from onlookers. Unique grille and fascia, side mirrors, and quad exhaust tips hint at the S7’s boosted power, as do our optional 20’s with summer tires. 19’s are standard.
Interior features include S7 embroidery, sporty red and aluminum trim, carbon inlays, and diamond stitched upholstery.
But chances are, your interests, like ours, lie more under the hood. And the 420 horsepower, 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 will grab it, and never let it go. Our 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds actually beat the factory estimates.
As with last year’s A7, oversteer issues do arise through the cones, now magnified by the beefed up powertrain. But on the whole, handling reaction with the quattro all-wheel-drive system is very precise, as steering remains top notch in feel. The S7 exclusive sport tuned adaptive air suspension brings ride comfort with stability too; adjusted through this Audi Drive Select.
Fuel economy, however, is not great; pegged at 20 Combined miles per gallon, even with a 7 speed S-tronic transmission, and Cylinder On Demand technology that shuts down 4 pots under steady-state driving conditions.
The 2013 Audi S7, starting at almost $80,000, continues the S-line prestige, and it is indeed a very impressive car.
Engine: 4.0 liter twin turbo V8
Price: Starting at almost $80,000