Debuting at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Audi’s entrance into the popular sub-category where sedans and coupes merge. A premium car grouping popularized with the entrance of the Maserati Quattroporte and the Mercedes-Benz CLS, vehicle designs began to conceive the sporty athleticism of a coupe with more than the conventional two passenger doors.
Audi is considered a late adopter to the bold fusion trend waiting this year to enter the unique vehicle segment. Creating the captivating, new A7 Sportback five-door coupe, the new Audi was presented to the United States with a 310 horsepower supercharged V-6 powerplant. Capable of delivering luxury comfort and excitement, Audi fans awaited the high-powered version of the A7 Sportback. Dropping a V-8 engine into their five-door coupe, the Audi S7 Sportback unleashes heightened performance in concert with the slippery shape.
Unlike the S6 and S8 cars debuting to the public alongside at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Audi S7 Sportback has no previously established benchmark. The premiere of a high-performance five-door coupe, the Audi S7 Sportback starts on the aggressively elegant exterior design of the A7 featuring Audi’s extensive use of aluminum body panels. Depending on only subtle, shiny enhancements to dress up the modern vehicle look, detailing is provided to the grille, front and rear bumper as well as to the side mirrors of the Audi S7 Sportback. Admirers of the Audi S7 Sportback will also take note of the vivid badging identifying the special vehicle with ‘V8 T’ and ‘S7’ markings. A diffuser is integrated with the S7 Sportback’s rear companioning with the fastback window. Presented in 9 exterior colours, Estoril Blue and Prism Silver is added to the S7 Sportback edition selection list. While the colours give the Audi S7 Sportback definition during daylight, night time has powerful xenon headlamps and LED signals.
The meat of the Audi S7 Sportback allure comes with the introduction of a 4-liter twin turbocharged engine. Much stronger than the A7’s 3-liter engine, Audi’s 4.0 TFSI powerplant belts out 420 horsepower and just under 406 foot-pounds of torque under the S7 Sportback’s hood. Contrary to the powerful nature of the 4.0 TFSI engine, cylinder on demand and direct injection insures highly evolved fuel consumption. Average fuel economy for the Audi S7 Sportback is above 24 miles per gallon.
Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive performance is the centerpiece to the S7 Sportback’s handling package. Audi has lent the adaptive air suspension for a driver tailored ride through standard 19-inch aluminum wheels. Optional sets of 19 and 20 inch wheels are available on the Audi S7 Sportback customizing the exterior look. Standard equipped four-wheel disc braking can also be upgraded to carbon-ceramic units.
With the 4.0 TFSI and the quattro all-wheel drive system working in concert, the Audi S7 Sportback is a certified performer. Accelerating from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds, the S7 Sportback registers a time about 0.3 seconds faster than the Audi A7 model. Top speed of the Audi S7 Sportback is 155 miles per hour limited electronically.
Providing motorists with an option for how they wish to experience the merger of performance and luxury, the Audi S7 Sportback’s cabin projects a wide-open space. Featuring special S brand trim, buyers can opt for two types of wood, aluminum or even carbon inlays to modify the interior appearance of this Audi Sportback model. Despite reasonable rear seat comfort and the firm comfort of sport seats for the forward passenger, the driver experiences the real pleasure of the Audi S7 Sportback. Taking full advantage of the S7 Sportback’s performance reach, the driver punches through Audi’s S Tronic gearbox. Audi’s MMI system is included with a full range of control functions. An additional feature the Audi S7 Sportback delivers is something few would except from a 155-mile per hour vehicle. With the rear seats folded down, there is 49.1 cubic feet of cargo storage room inside the sizable cabin.
Expected stateside by 2012, further details on the Audi S7 Sportback including pricing will be provided at a later date.
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Away from its regular role as a commuter for diplomats and other dignitaries, Audi’s largest sedan has been given the change to venture into super sedan territory since 1994. Available in the United States since 1999, the Audi S8 became a high-powered extension of the Germany premium car brand’s biggest four-door. Success of the first generation model brought forth the second generation S8 in 2006 utilizing the Audi’s quattro drive amongst many performance tweaks for an all-out battle with BMW M and Mercedes-Benz AMG competitors.
With the base A8 receiving a modernization during the 2011 model year, Audi left observers waiting a year until presenting the third and latest generation of the S8 sedan. Worth the wait, the Audi S8 debuts at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show ahead of its upcoming release.
Designed on the refreshed lines of the Audi A8, the S8 sports sedan is shaped with an abundance of aluminum. The look of aluminum is accented within the Audi S8’s front grille, mirrors and along the vehicle’s bumper. Apart from the look of aluminum surfaces, the Audi S8 comes in 13 exterior colour tones including Daytona Gray and Prizm Silver (two colours not available on the A8 model). A diffuser insert is found on the backside of Audi S8 with twin oval exhaust pipes presented on the rear corners. The Audi S8 wears S-line exclusive 20-inch wheels as standard with an optional choice of 21-inch wheel and tire combination available. LED headlights and taillights are equipped on all Audi S8 models are standard.
Driver and passengers in the lavish sports sedan will appreciate the fine leather seating as well as the performance trim pieces including aluminum-look pedals. The Audi S8 is handsomely equipped with many of the A8 sedan’s optional items as well as some S model exclusive touches. A 360 degree parking camera, Audi’s MMI with navigation, adaptive cruise control and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System are all standard S8 equipment.
The heart and soul of the newest Audi S8 is the return to a V-8 engine. Debuting with a 340 horsepower, 4.2 liter V-8 powerplant in the S8‘s first generation, the Audi sedan performance upgrade added a larger, more powerful engine the second generation. Competing in a German battle of high cylinder count with the previous generation BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz S63 rivals, the Audi S8 upgraded from a V-8 to a 5.2 liter V-10 powerplant in the 2006 model year. Propelled by 450 horsepower, the past V-10 variation of the Audi S8 delivered unhindered performance and fair fuel economy through FSI gasoline direct injection rated at almost 18 miles per gallon average by the auto company.
For the third-generation Audi S8, the newly developed V-8 engine features the highest horsepower-per-liter ratio of any incarnation of the German luxury car brand’s top four-door. A 520 horsepower engine using twin-turbochargers, the 4.0 TFSI powerplant of the Audi S8 engine accounts for 130 horsepower per single liter of engine displacement. Pounding out 70 horsepower more than its replacement engine, the 4.0 TFSI also delivers over 479 pounds-feet of torque through the A8’s quattro drivetrain. A high output engine combining the multiple turbochargers with gasoline direct injection for dynamite performance, the Audi S8’s 4.0 TFSI layout contributes to more efficient power creation. Cylinder deactivation and start-stop systems assure the new S8 muscular performance is available at just the right time. For the rest of the driving journey, the Audi S8 sedan accomplishes vastly improved fuel economy compared to its predecessor. Rated in consuming 23 percent less fuel than the 2010 model Audi S8, 4.0 TFSI V-8 engine of the latest S8 moves the 4,354-pound super sedan an average of 23 miles per gallon.
Channelling the 520 horsepower through an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox, the Audi S8 supplies the driver with a sensation of sport driving while also respecting luxury car smoothness. The all-wheel drive quattro system is supported by two differentials including the added sport differential added to the rear axle of the S8 for ideal wheel movement. Calibrated specially for the S8, Audi has fitted their adaptive air suspension with variable tuning that can be driver adjusted to an ideal ride quality. When tapping into the performance zenith of the car, the Audi S8 acceleration provides a take-off from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited on the sedan at 155 miles per hour on the Audi S8 sedan.
Information and photo source: Audi AG