Over the course of a few days at last week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi managed to release its entire S line-up, breaking cover on the new S6, S7 Sportback, and top-of-the-line S8.

The middle of that pack is the S7 Sportback, which is the sports version of the A7 Sportback released only a year ago. With the onus on improved performance compared to its A7 counterpart, the S7 Sportback offers an entirely new engine that can also be found on the new Bentley Continental.

Aesthetic changes made on the S7 Sportback compared to the A7 are minimal, but with a new 4.0-liter TFSI engine that produces 420 horsepower - a noticeable increase from the 296-horsepower output of the top-end A7 Sportback - that hardly seems to matter. There are enough added horses on the S7 Sportback to take the A7’s performance capabilities to a whole new level. After all, that’s what Audi’s ’S-program’ is all about: take the whole line-up and ratchet up the power to havoc-wreaking circumstances.

Updated 05/02/2012: Audi has unveiled a new promo video for the S7 Sportback presenting the car in action on the streets of Munich for the first time.

Find out more about the Audi S7 Sportback after the jump.

  • 2012 Audi S7 Sportback
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  • Engine:
    4.0-liter twin-turbocharged TFSI V8 engine
  • Transmission:
    seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    420 horsepower
  • Torque @ RPM:
    406 lb/ft of torque
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    4.9 sec.
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Exterior and Interior

2012 Audi S7 Sportback Interior
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There weren’t a lot of exterior and interior upgrades done on the S7 Sportback compared to its A7 Sportback counterpart. Among the subtle changes include a new bespoke front grille, a redesigned front bumper, new side sills, a new rear bumper that can fit both a diffuser and quad tail pipes, and a set of 19" wheels with an option of upgrading to a 20" set.

Inside, the whole scale of technological goodies housed in the A7 Sportback also make their appearance in the S7 variant. Notable changes for the latter’s interior include new sport seats dressed in Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, a new three-spoke steering wheel, and plenty of decorative trims that do enough to differentiate the sports version of the A7.


2012 Audi S7 Sportback High Resolution Drivetrain
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Whereas the Audi A7 Sportback is powered by a number of engines, including a 3.0-liter TFSI engine that produces 296 horsepower and 324 lb/ft of torque, the S7 Sportback will carry a new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged TFSI V8 engine that produces an output of 420 horsepower and 406 lb/ft of torque. This will leave it with a 0-62 mph time of 4.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

The engine is then mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission while running on Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. Incidentally, the new S7 Sportback’s powertrain can also be found on the new S6, as well as the new Bentley Continental line-up.

Suspension and Brakes

2012 Audi S7 Sportback High Resolution Exterior
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The Audi S7 Sportback carries an adaptive air suspension sport whereas braking comes in the form of large internally ventilated brake discs on both the front and rear of the car. For an added price, customers can also choose carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs.


2012 Audi S7 Sportback High Resolution Exterior
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No word yet on the price for the 2012 S7 Sportback, but seeing as the A7 Sportback carries a $59,250 price tag, expect it to hit further north of the $70,000 mark.


2012 Audi S7 Sportback Exterior
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When compared to the new Mercedes CLS-Class, the conundrum surrounding the S7 Sportback is that it carries more performance against the standard model. That, however, changes when AMG gets involved in the latter. The CLS63 AMG features a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine that will deliver a total of 518 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque. A far cry from the S7’s 420 HP V8 engine.

Meanwhile the top-end CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY is more around the S7 Sportback’s wheelhouse, courtesy of its 408-horsepower V8 engine. Top speed only hits 130 mph compared to the electronically limited 155 mph top speed of the S7 Sportback.

In terms of design, we’ll give the slight nudge to the CLS-Class because it just looks sportier and more aggressive than the luxury-inspired S7 Sportback. Not to say that the S7 Sportback doesn’t look good because it most certainly does; we just prefer one over the other.

2012 Audi S7 Sportback High Resolution Exterior
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  (577) posted on 06.4.2012

It’s sort of deceiving how they have added the supposedly sporty aspect when they’ve applied on its engine instead.

  (539) posted on 05.31.2012

So where’s the sporty feature appended? To me, it looks the same. I expected its look to be enhanced too, but I guess only the engine was tuned.

  (472) posted on 05.4.2012

I don’t see the point of its supposedly enhancement when none of its appearance has been changed. I’m proud of its engine upgrade, but how much would that cost?

  (594) posted on 02.8.2012

The car interior is simple and classic with black-and-white color. I like the new power train with 296 horsepower.

  (427) posted on 12.27.2011

Its dressed up interior is what really caught my attention! It looks very luxurious and cozy on that. Moreover, I’m so impressed with the navigation system of it even on its center console.

  (776) posted on 12.21.2011

S7 is so awesome on its aesthetic design! It will surely love by an executive person for it truly has an exclusive and a sophisticated interior. It’s a good thing as well that it has an impressive engine.

  (577) posted on 12.16.2011

It looks so luxurious on its dressed-up interior! Even with its technology which is truly very interesting on this sedan. However, I’m still disappointed on its weak engine.

  (526) posted on 12.14.2011

Sportback really has an impressive and awesome packaged compared to Mercedes CLS-Class. Well, I must say that its best asset is its luxury and comfortable interior, which have an interesting technology.

  (463) posted on 12.6.2011

Its dressed up interior is what I love the most on this Sportback, very classy and comfortable! Moreover, I noticed that it is so fun to drive with because on its efficient and powerful engine!

  (858) posted on 11.22.2011

I love the luxurious interior of this S7! It is really so striking with that! Anyway, the engine output of it is already quite impressive on it, and its 155 mph is truly awesome for the fact that it is only an electronically limited.

  (530) posted on 11.21.2011

I love the side rim of this sport back! It looks very elegant and sexy on that. smiley Anyway, I’m impressed with its cozy and super comfortable interior, which is so striking on it.

  (472) posted on 11.20.2011

It maybe doesn’t have lots of upgrades, but I’m still impressed with its over-all features that it had now, very satisfying! Anyway, I love its powerful engine output, which can really give a great speed on it.

  (242) posted on 11.15.2011

This sport back doesn’t have lots of aesthetic upgrades, which are kind of disappointing on it. However, I’m glad that they use a new engine for this vehicle.

  (333) posted on 11.2.2011

Well, for a coupe car for the year of 2012, I think the design of this one, is so simple and very ordinary but in spite that I can say that it is still a good looking car for me, and I’m glad that it is so practical to use in everyday transportation.

  (647) posted on 10.4.2011

Nice entertainment concept inside, the interior look elegant and style. As of its engine its sport-back really a powerful engine, from its twin-turbocharged to the powerful horsepower that able the car to attain the speed you want.

  (595) posted on 09.30.2011

I love the technological goodies that it had! It is so impressive with its cozy interior touch it looks so comfortable. I didn’t expect Audi S7 Sportback had an impressive interior like this. Anyway, I can’t see either the sporty appearance of it.

  (448) posted on 09.21.2011

sorry to say, but it seems that the interior design is boring but just like them I’m also impressed with the exterior simple styling of this convertible car.

  (276) posted on 09.20.2011

I love the angst that this S7 setback had. A better looking than its competitors indeed, it’s already looks great with its color and I really love the headlights of it.

  (224) posted on 09.16.2011

I can’t see on this S7 of Audi the sporty looks that they were saying, but I noticed its cool wheels, and the interior seems so cozy and relaxing.

  (377) posted on 09.7.2011

The design and the style of this S7 is almost the same with their S8, only the headlights of this S7 is so simple unlike to S8 but it still impressive.

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