The Audi S7 gives such an extraordinary early introduction, to the point that it could offer shares in Halliburton to Bernie Sanders. It’s especially attractive, as any official class four-entryway should be, and it feels like an ingot on wheels. It will recalibrate a driver’s feeling of what the words “strength” and “responsiveness” can mean in a $90,000 extravagance car.
Upgraded for 2016 with more power, specialized changes, and gentle however fruitful configuration changes outside and in, this is basically the same auto that made our 2013 10Best rundown and would have joined its A6/S6/A7 stablemates on the 2014 rundown, had its base cost not transcended the $80,000 value top.
Contrasted and the 2013 S7 we went through a 40,000-mile long haul test, the 2016 version tried here has picked up 30 strength for an aggregate of 450 from the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. That is still a lower condition of tune than in different applications (500 strength in the Bentley Flying Spur and 560 in the Audi RS7), in spite of the fact that it has the same yield in the more traditional S6 vehicle.
We as of now were devotees of Audi’s MMI infotainment and telematics framework and its combination with the extensive driver-data board between the speedo and the tach. These have both been redesigned—4G LTE availability, Apple Siri Eyes Free incorporation, and web radio spilling are new—while whatever is left of the lodge offers crisp trim alternatives (our test auto had carbon fiber). The sewed calfskin environs were collected to Audi’s typical exclusive requirement.
Energy to Spare
With the additional horses, this 2016 model shaves 0.4 second off the zero-to-60-mph time, however just in correlation to our long-termer when it was comparatively new. After 40,000 miles, that auto could edge the 2016’s 3.9-second raced to 60, both utilizing the inherent dispatch control. We can’t say how this one would passage after comparable break-in, yet it’s fundamentally a dead warmth to 100 mph and through the quarter-mile in the low 12s. There has been no adjustment in top torque, yet in the 2016 auto the force levels 300 rpm higher in the rev band. Crossing our scales at 4508 pounds, this test auto was 49 pounds heavier than the 2013 case, a unimportant one percent change.
Its track numbers reflect execution capacity past what most drivers can use in day by day driving. In the event that speed is the item (and cash isn’t one), there’s dependably the more rowdy RS7 to consider, in spite of the fact that our Lightning Lap experience recommends that those looking for a track-day friend should continue shopping. These are vast, large, rich autos that do a great deal of things well, including going quick, yet the mass alone ought to caution off the kid racers.
All things considered, the S7’s case makes it feel lighter and littler amid hard keeps running on exciting streets, where the motor’s execution is coordinated by the capacity to prevent from 70 mph in 162 feet and corner at 0.97 g. The recent figure shades our long-termer’s as of now great skidpad execution of 0.91 g, on account of discretionary 21-inch wheels (our long-termer had 19s) and the more extensive, lower-profile elastic that accompanies them. The Sport bundle fitted to this test auto is $3500 well spent, as it brings Audi’s Dynamic Steering, the Quattro Sport back differential with torque vectoring, and a game fumes framework with dark tips. Audi says the electronically controlled back diff has been recalibrated for 2016 to show signs of improvement reaction and spryness—on our long-termer, drivers both applauded this framework for making the all-wheel-drive S7 feel more like a back drive auto and whined about it feeling skittish close as far as possible. Our track driver applauded the 2016 auto’s equalization and noteworthy grasp, and we didn’t experience anything that felt anxious in hard driving.
The additional power and widened torque bend counterbalance a percentage of the delicate throttle reaction and conflicting conduct of the seven-speed double grasp programmed that we saw in our long haul auto. Slack from the turbos isn’t the issue to such an extent just like a softness to the introductory throttle tip-in, as though the hardware are holding up to check whether the driver truly needs all the auto can convey. The gearbox conveys fresh and prompt movements when the driver uses the manual-mode paddles, however it can even now be gotten out if left to pick gears all alone while going hard. It appears to be questionable whether the driver is going to press on or back off, it’s more content with a forceful driver than an all the more accommodating one, at any rate in Sport mode. These issues, in any case, diminish little from what is without a doubt among the most fulfilling autos in its class when squeezed into execution driving obligation.
For Those With Means
Every day existence with any auto is spent a long way from the edges of the envelope. An extravagance auto that can convey either donning execution or phenomenal solace contingent upon the driver’s requirements existing apart from everything else, well, that is the thing that individuals spend the cash for, would it say it isn’t? Generally as we found with the long-termer, the way that the S7 is a hatchback with a helpful freight region made life considerably less demanding. It promptly took care of an aspiring stocking-up-for-fall hurried to Costco even without collapsing the secondary lounge.