The first-generation Audi S7 is among a trio of high end Audi performance models, which includes the S6 and S6 Avant. All three run Audi’s new twin turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 direct injection petrol engine which has been brought into the fold as a replacement for the earlier naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 unit.
Audi feel the engine is so versatile that it also handed the same unit over to Audi Sport to tune it up some more to produce 552bhp for the RS6 Avant and RS7 models, while they also mananged to squeeze an extra 44bhp from the powerplant for the RS6 and RS7 Performance models - taking the total power output to 596bhp.
Slide in behind the tactile leather bound three spoke multi-function steering wheel of the Audi S7 and you can’t help but be impressed from the very first moment. It’s as big on style as it is on perceived quality. The attention to detail and overall ergonomic set-up is second-to-none, giving the new performance saloon an even more expensive feel than perhaps its price tag suggests.
As you can expect, the S7 is extremely well-equipped. Outside the S7 has a sporty bodykit, a quad-exhaust system (synonmous for Audi's S models), adaptive air suspension, electronic differential, LED headlights and an enhanced braking system. Inside is dominated by a Valcona leather upholstery, electrically adjustable front sports seats and Audi's MMI infotainment system, which comes with a 6.5in retractable screen, DAB radio, sat nav, Bluetooth and a multimedia interface.