Audi launched the sportier version of the A7 , known as S7, for the 2013 model year in the U.S., giving the quirky four-door a 420-horsepower V-8 to play with after just one year on the market. In 2014, the S7 received mild updates that included blind-spot warning, power folding mirrors and a stunning Black Optics package. Heading into the 2015 model year, the S7 is set for even more updates, as Audi is giving the model a facelift that includes new bumpers, tailpipes, headlights, and a revised Singleframe grille. Also included is an extra 30 horsepower over the 2014 model.
With Audi and BMW locked in a see-saw battle for the lead in luxury car sales in 2014, the German brand is doing all it can to end the year at No. 1. This includes a revamp of its low-volume A7 lineup, which includes the S7. U.S. sales of the entire A7 line were up 7.1 percent at the end of April 2014, and this redesign should help keep that pattern.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi S7 Sportback.
The most obvious change is the reworked Singleframe grille, as Audi eliminated the soft corners and replaced them with harder angles.
The already brilliant-looking S7 receives a nice tweak on the outside for 2015. The most obvious change is the reworked Singleframe grille, as Audi eliminates the soft, rounded corners and replaces them with harder angles. This change alone gives the S7 an aggressive look that gives the front end the same, sporty look as the rest of the sedan.
The front bumper also gets a blink-and-you’ll miss it rework that includes reshaped air intakes on the outer edges and a one-piece lower lip. Nothing too awful over the top here, but but it is a nice change regardless.
The LED headlights get a nice refresh, with more tapered inner portions and the innermost angles reversed from last year’s model. The cutting-edge Matrix LED headlamps and front dynamic turn signals are available as an option — the Matrix LEDs are still in the approval phase for U.S. Not a huge change, but again, it’s enough to give the front end a new look.
Around back, the changes are a little less obvious, but they are still present. The taillight graphics are all-new, and feature an LED band through the center instead of the U-shape from last year. These taillights also feature standard dynamic turn signals.
Audi changed up the bumper by adding in a new, and more stylish lower insert. The tailpipes are also new, but the only change I can see is that the tailpipes are black instead of chrome.
Audi rounded out the updates with new, five-spoke wheels in place of the twin-five-spoke wheels from last year. These new wheels better match the sporty look of the S7, as the twin-five-spoke ones from 2014 just looked out of place.
2014 Audi S7 Vs. 2015 Audi S7
2015 Audi S7 Sportback - Exterior Dimensions
|Length||4,980 MM (196.06 Inches)|
|Wheelbase||2,916 MM (114.80 Inches)|
|Height||1,408 MM (55.43 Inches)|
|Width||1,911 MM (75.23 Inches)|
|Width (incl. mirrors)||2,139 MM (84.21 Inches)|
The most obvious of the aesthetic changes include a new pistol-grip-style gearshift knob in place of last year's T-handle and a new horizontal-lined insert that runs the width of the dash, partway down the door panels and down the center console.
The interior received small changes to go along with the exterior refresh. The most obvious of the aesthetic changes include a new pistol-grip-style gearshift knob in place of last year’s T-handle and a new horizontal-lined insert that runs the width of the dash, partway down the door panels and down the center console. Both of these changes feel like a step backward, in my opinion, but maybe Audi’s research showed that these are good changes. A more subtle change is the silver upper section of the CD player.
The S7 also receives some option changes, including new optional materials like an aluminum and Beaufort walnut inlay, and Valcona leather. Audi also expanded the optional interior colors from three to five.
The trademark Audi MMI infotainment system gets a new lease on life, and now comes powered by Nvidia graphics processor and features Internet connectivity via LTE.
Audi also offers safety assistance systems including night vision, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, active lane assist, side assist, and Audi’s pre-sense safety system.
Audi made sure to let us that hauling luggage is no issue in the 2015 S7, as it can haul 535 liters (18.9 cubic feet) of cargo room with the rear seats upright and 1,390 liters (49.1 cubic feet) with the rear seats folded. These figures are not yet EPA certified, but stay tuned for the official U.S. specs.
2014 Audi S7 Vs. 2015 Audi S7
2015 Audi S7 - Interior Dimensions (Non-EPA Certified)
|Headroom (Front/Rear)||1,028 MM (40.4 In.) / 944 MM (37.2 In.)|
|Shoulder Room (Front/Rear)||1,452 MM (57.2 In.) / 1,421 MM (55.9 In.)|
|Legroom (Front/Rear)||TBA / TBA|
|Cargo Room (Standard/Max)||535 Liters (18.9 Cu. Ft.) / 1,390 Liters (49.1 Cu. Ft.)|
This 32-valve, DOHC, V-8 engine churns out 450 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm -- a full 30 ponies more than the 2014 model.
The S7 carries the same 4.0-liter, TSFI, V-8 engine featuring Audi’s trademarked cylinder on demand (COD) technology as it did last year. Though the engine is the same, Audi did tweak it to deliver some extra pop.
This 32-valve, DOHC, V-8 engine churns out 450 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm — a full 30 ponies more than the 2014 model. Audi is still sitting on the final torque output and the performance specs, but I suspect we’ll see a 4.3-second run to 60 mph — 0.2 seconds faster than 2014 — and around 420 pound-feet of twist.
Audi also messed around with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, which is now quicker through the shifts. This transmission delivers power to all four wheels via quattro AWD.
2015 Audi S7 Sportback - Drivetrain/Specifications
|Type||4.0 TFSI V-8|
|Output (HP @ RPM)||450 @ 5,500-6,400|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||TBA|
|Fuel Economy (EU Combined Cycle||25.3 MPG|
|Acceleration (0-60 MPH)||4.3 Sec, Est.|
|TopSpeed||155 MPH, Est.|
The Audi S7 carries a base price of €82,300 ($111,993 as of 5/28/2014) in its home market, which is a slight increase from the previous price but with all the extra gadgets, the 2015 Audi S7 justifies the hike. Exchange rate be damned, I expect the Euro number to transfer almost unchanged over to the U.S., meaning we’ll see an American price of around $90,000 — a few hundred bucks more than the 2014 model.
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe debuted in America in 2013 — the same year as the S7 — and joined the CLS-Class and the A7/S7 in this new half-coupe/half-sedan game. The direct competitor to the S7 within the 6 Series Gran Coupe lineup is the 650i xDrive.
This odd-looking sedan pumps 445 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and 480 pound-feet of torque between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm from its 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8. This helps rocket the 650i xDrive Gran Coupe to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.
This model bases at $92,200.
Gallery BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
The CLS-Class has an S7 fighter all its own in the form of the CLS550. This beast is — in my opinion — the best-looking of the three, but that is like picking the sexiest ogre in a bikini contest; the winner is still ugly. But what is under the hood is not nearly as ugly, as this sedan in coupe garb comes with a biturbo, 4.6-liter, V-8 mill producing 402 horsepower at 5,000 rpm along with 443 pound-feet of torque between 1,800 and 4,750 rpm. Unfortunately, the CLS550 comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but you can add 4MATIC AWD for $2,500.
Despite being the prettiest of the ogres, the CLS550 is the slowest, taking 5.1 seconds to hit 60 mph. You can opt for the CLS63 AMG and get a 550-horse V-8 that launches the sedan to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, but at a massive $99,500 price tag.
The CLS550 4MATIC is the cheapest of the group at $73,600.
Audi is in the luxury-car fast lane, and is now playing leapfrog with Bimmer for the No. 1 luxury brand slot. Add in all of these recent facelifts and new generations — the TT immediately comes to mind — and you can tell that this one-time afterthought in the luxury market means business. The only issue is that the S7’s price tag is way higher than the CLS550, and right on the heels of the 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, but with the steady increase of interest in the S7 as of late, the price tag must not be a big deal. Add in this new facelift and more power, and you can forget about buyers pinching pennies when heading to their local Audi dealerships.
- Plenty of revisions to better match the wildly styled body
- More power!
- Standard AWD
- Decent fuel economy
- Rear legroom and headroom
- Steadily increasing price
- CLS550 is way cheaper
- Still looks funny
Gallery Audi S7
Audi has spared no effort in revising the A7 Sportback*. The spacious five-door coupe is now even more powerful and attractive – thanks to new engine configurations, new transmissions, new headlights, taillights and new infotainment systems. The new A7 Sportback combines the emotional appeal and sportiness of a coupe with the comfort of a sedan and the functional benefits of an Avant.
* The collective fuel consumption of all models named above and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.
Back when the A7 Sportback first debuted in 2010, Audi was already setting new standards in automotive design, embracing an athletic aesthetic and elegance in grand style. Its long engine hood, sporty, flowing C‑pillars and the sharply dropping rear end create a dynamic overall impression. The revised version of the five-door model, measuring 4.97 meters (16.3 ft) in length, now has additional striking, sporty features.
The most striking changes are to the Singleframe grille, bumpers, tailpipes and headlights. LED technology is now standard; upon request, Audi can supply Matrix LED headlights, which light the road optimally without causing glare for other road users. Combined with the Matrix LED headlights, dynamic turn signals are also installed at the front; they come standard at the rear.
The body of the new Audi A7 Sportback consists primarily of aluminum and high‑tech steel grades. It is extraordinarily lightweight and designed for maximum comfort in terms of noise. The cargo space under the long, electrically driven trunk lid has a base capacity of 535 liters (18.9 cu ft). When the rear seat backs are folded down it grows to 1,390 liters (49.1 cu ft).
The sporty style of the exterior is echoed in the car’s interior. The dominant element is the horizontal line surrounding the driver and passenger. The dashboard gives an impression of lightness and elegance. The new interior materials, including the aluminum/Beaufort walnut inlay and Valcona leather, are impressive for their finish. The color palette has been redesigned, offering five color options even for the seats.
The new Audi A7 Sportback is confident and relaxed to drive. The front seats can be optionally equipped with ventilation and massage functions, and there are four seat versions to choose from. The MMI radio operating system comes standard; it can be supplemented as an option with a head‑up display that projects all important information onto the windshield.
Power and efficiency: two TFSI and three TDI engines
To start out, Audi is offering the new A7 Sportback with a choice of five powerful and highly efficient engines: two gasoline and three diesel units. Their power rating ranges from 160 kW (218 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp), and all of them comply with the Euro 6 emission standard. Many aspects of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel with 200 kW (272 hp) have been newly developed. In the “ultra” version with 160 kW (218 hp) and front-wheel drive, the three-liter V6 uses an average of just 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50.0 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 122 grams per kilometer (196.3 g/mi). The top‑of‑the‑range engine, the 4.0 TFSI, is available in the Audi S7 Sportback. It delivers 331 kW (450 hp) of power and uses innovative COD (cylinder on demand) technology.
The 3.0 TDI biturbo clean diesel, which delivers 235 kW (320 hp), works with an eight‑speed tiptronic transmission; all other engine configurations have a seven‑speed S tronic transmission. In the versions with front‑wheel drive, the dual‑clutch transmission has been fully redeveloped, replacing the multitronic. In engine configurations starting at 200 kW (272 hp), quattro permanent all-wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.
The chassis, too, combines sporty precision with high comfort. The new Audi A7 Sportback features wheels with diameters ranging from 17 to 21 inches. Some engine configurations are equipped with new lightweight brakes. The power steering system features an electromechanical drive for high efficiency.
The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard. Options include dynamic steering, two sport suspension versions and adaptive air suspension; on the S7 Sportback, the air suspension has a firmer setup.
The new Audi A7 Sportback leads the competition in terms of infotainment. The top system, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch, utilizes the latest generation of the modular infotainment system; its highlight is a powerful graphics processor from Audi’s partner Nvidia. Touchpad control lets the driver scroll and zoom in lists and maps.
The perfect supplement to MMI Navigation plus is Audi connect, which links the five‑door coupe with the Internet via the LTE high‑speed data transmission standard. The Audi phone box connects the driver’s cell phone to the car antenna for improved reception. The top of the hi-fi line is the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.
The assistance systems – including adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, the further improved night vision assistant and the Audi pre sense safety system – are also state of the art. Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist work closely together to make lane changes even safer.
The new Audi A7 Sportback will begin arriving at dealerships in late summer 2014. Its base price in Germany will be €51,300. The Audi S7 Sportback is available starting at €82,300.