The Audi A7 has already earned the 2011 Esquire “Car of the Year” award and that speaks volumes on its visual appeal. The A7 is powered by a supercharged V6 producing 310HP. Imagine our excitement when we were called to test out their 2013 Audi S7 variant with an extra 100 horses !
2013 Audi S7 Review
Current Audi’s are as beautiful as they get. Their trademark attention to LED details on the headlights is a sight to see and at night, these accents doubles as a supermodel’s kohle lined eyes. One can recognize an Audi miles away in the dark just from these accents alone and are a visual treat for the eye. Such is the aura of the Audi’s and none more so than the 2013 Audi S7.
Audi S7 shares the same aluminum space frame design as the A7 traces of which are found carved into the dashboard. As you sit inside and soak in the cocoon of leather, carbon fiber, digital displays and subtle LED accents setting the mood in the interior, you tend to wonder how much time and effort Audi has taken to create such excuisite masterpieces; there is great attention to detail in everything in the S7. It really is a supermodel, the sheer beauty and smell is a refreshing gateway, oh wait, I think I just woke up the beast!!!! The Start/Stop button is engaged, and the S7 comes to life, transforming from the sleeping beauty to an Amazonian princess with a snarl to match its bite. The revs dance lighting up the LED markers as it drops to its idle.
The 2013 Audi S7 shares the same engine, a 4.0L twin-scroll turbocharged V8, with its fellow stable mates, the S6 and the S8. The new power plant which produces 420HP drops the sprint time to 100kmph to 4.7 seconds, a reduction of 0.8 seconds from the regular A7 variant. The rush that follows once the pedal is pressed is unreal and the S7 jumps or rather claws on the tarmac thanks to its Quattro AWD system. The scenery moves past fast and gracefully. The power buildup is very linear and we had to double check the specifications list to make sure that the engine was indeed force fed by turbochargers. The turbo lag was not felt at all and this makes the S7 a refined urban transporter.
This is a very good four door coupe in every aspect. It has great luggage space and rear leg room is adequate which comfortably accommodated my almost 6 foot frame. We were lucky that our tenure with the S7 fell over the long weekend, and we needed to take it out for a long drive and test out the cylinder deactivation. Yes it does switch off 4 of its cylinders on cruise and we averaged 9.7 litres/100kms at 140kmph on our drive to and back from Abu Dhabi. The switch from 4 cylinders to 8 and vice versa cannot be felt, in fact we were oblivious to the fact whether this was just talk. So we switched on the display more which shows the fuel consumption rate, and while on normal drive the bar is white, it changes to green and there right below it, says “4-cylinder mode”.
Both the A6 and the S7 were firecrackers when the dynamic mode was engaged and the 100lbs of extra weight which the S7 has over the S6 was not felt. The manner in which the S7 hides its weight is uncanny, and figures show that it looses out to the S6 by 0.1sec to a sprint to 100kmph. In the real world, this would be not noticeable at all.
Same goes for its handling characteristics, it is as sorted and planted on the road as was the S6 which we had commented on its ability to maintain composure in rapid directional changes in last week’s edition. We really had to work hard to loosen the composure of the S7 but the “Quattro AWD, slapped us back into being good boys and corrected our misdemeanor.
The interior has carbon fiber trim and the same diamond shaped cross-stitching on the seats as found on the S6. The 20 Gigabyte of media storage is a welcome these days, though an iPod integration is available along with 2 SD card slots.
The A7 had impressed me with its poise and elegance before and almost one year had gone by till I was handed over the keys of the S7. While it looses none of the A7’s finesse and beauty the “S7” pushes the boundary further and knocks on the doors of many sport cars. The horses from Ingolstadt have been set free in the likes of the S7.
|2013 AUDI S7 V8T|
|Rated Output||420 hp at 5000 – 6400 rpm|
|Rated Torque||550 Nm between 1400 – 5200 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||S tronic (7 speed)|
|Fuel Consumption, combined, L/100km||9.6|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.7 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h*|
|Price (AED)||335,000 – 352,400 (As tested)|
Images by Brian Donegan