The 2017 Audi S7 could get by on sex appeal alone. That shape isn't just beautiful, it's provocative. And its 450-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 engine is the sort of creation that inspires epic poetry. Beyond that it's super speedy, too.
Once seduced by the S7 there are only two substitutes. The more reasonable one is its brother the A7 that uses the same basic body and structure but uses turbocharged four or V6 engines instead of the mighty V8. And then there's the 605-hp RS7 that also uses the same body, but is even more insanely powerful and optimized for high-performance hero work.
In significant ways, the S7 is a zoomier version of the S6 sedan that's slightly less practical because of compromises in passenger room imposed by the lower roofline. That noted, the A7/S7/RS7 family of five-doors is more accommodating and comfortable than similarly situated "four-door coupes" from Audi's competitors.
The standard V8 engine is low-key in the way it makes tremendous amounts of power. This is state-of-the-art in turbocharged V8s with a torque band under which you could play an NFL playoff game. And the V8's silken manners almost defy the fact that internal combustion is contained within.
Beating alongside that wonder motor is this Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It's this constantly evolving system's ability to distribute torque to the four wheels that defines the S7's manners and ensures its rapid progress across greasy, snowy or gooey surfaces. Many other makers offer all-wheel drive, but Audi has made it a vivid part of its vehicles' character.
The S7 is available in two trim levels. The Premium Plus is extremely well equipped while the Prestige is downright lavish. The options list includes a Bang & Olufsen sound system that runs an astonishing $4,900 and a black Alcantara headliner for $3,000. Most of the expected 21st-century electronic amusements and servants are standard.
While the S7 is glorious-looking, most of its structure is still built of steel. So this is no featherweight machine and that heft can show up diving into corners. But it also contributes to an easygoing stability and controlled ride that belies the rapid pace the car can sustain.
Big, fast cars, however, need fuel. While the seven-speed automatic transmission can be manually shifted, the EPA-rated fuel economy numbers are only modest. The S7 comes in at a combined rating of 21 mpg (17 city/27 highway). If you want to use up the dead dinosaurs more rapidly, the insane RS7 goes at 18 mpg combined (15 city/25 highway).
The 2017 Audi S7 packs a lot of substance inside its beauty. But there's nothing more beautiful than a great deal, and the tools here on Edmunds are here to help you get one.
2017 Audi S7 Overview
The 2017 Audi S7 is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM), and Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM). S7 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 S7 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual. The 2017 S7 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle Premum Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
Review This is a beautiful looking and performing 4 door sedan. Acceleration is effortless especially with the twin clutch transmission. The S version is the way to go with every Audi model. S7 sport package option is a must to maximize performance and black optics package provides a more aggressive look.
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2017 audi s7 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required) 21 combined MPG 17 city MPG/27 highway MPG
2017 audi s7 Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required) 21 combined MPG 17 city MPG/27 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Audi S7?
Available Audi S7 2017 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Audi S7 2017 Trims: quattro, Prestige quattro
Exterior Colors: Mythos Black Metallic, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Brilliant Black, Estoril Blue Crystal Effect, Oolong Gray Metallic, Florett Silver Metallic, Havanna Black Metallic, Ibis White, Phantom Black Pearl Effect, Quartz Gray Metallic, Tornado Gray Metallic
Interior Colors: Black premium leather, Lunar Silver premium leather, Arras Red Design Selection premium leather, Flint Gray leather
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Pre-collision safety system, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring, Back-up camera, Mobile Internet, Adaptive Cruise Control, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Heads up display, Keyless Entry/Start, Lane Departure Warning, 360-degree camera, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Cooled Seats
Engine/Mechanics: 8 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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