New for 2015
The Audi S7 makes the head-up display and full LED headlights standard equipment on Prestige models, but remains otherwise unchanged for 2015. Expect the S7 to be refreshed for the 2016 model year.
The Audi S7 is a coupe-like four-door hatchback that’s based on the A6/S6, but replaces the trunk and roofline styling with a sloping roofline and glass hatchback. The S7 takes the performance and luxury of the base A7 and adds more power.
The 2015 Audi S7 is powered by a 420-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that produces 406 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that sends power to all four wheels via the quattro all-wheel-drive system. The S7 manages an EPA-estimated 17/27 mpg city/highway.
As a 2012 Automobile of the Year (the A7) the Audi S7 has good genes, and despite its more sporting nature it retains the high-quality interior and features we’ve come to expect of Audi. Inside Valcona leather seats get contrast diamond stitching, a 630-watt Bose sound system provides music, a seven-inch screen compliments the MMI infotainment system, four-zone automatic climate control sets the mood, ambient LED interior lighting lends a sense of occasion, and fine grain ash natural brown wood finishes the effect, delivering a wonderfully high-quality interior. Outside, the S7 gets full automatic LED headlights, LED taillights and fog lights, a power trunk, and power-adjustable power-folding auto-dimming heated exterior side mirrors.
The 2015 Audi S7 has not yet been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
What We Think
The 2015 Audi S7 is the best looking of the siblings, especially if you consider that the conventionally styled S6 is mechanically identical. Audi has improved on an already excellent vehicle (the 2012 Audi A7 was an Automobile of the Year) by adding more power, while not compromising luxury or style. The S7 is the mid-way step in the A7 line, with the RS 7 topping out the range. This leaves the S7 to compete against the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 and BMW 650i Gran Coupe. In a Driven review of a 2013 Audi S7 and S6 we said, “Still, it’s important to note that Audi aimed for a sportier driving experience than those competitors. A key player in that pursuit is the seven-speed dual clutch automatic that replaces the A7’s eight-speed automatic. The eight-speed is a fast and fluid gearbox, but the S tronic transmission is even quicker and in dynamic mode it delivers a sporty kick with every gear change. At a slower pace, though, the transmission is sometimes reluctant to downshift and the subtle pulse that accompanies every gear change is occasionally — rarely — a big thud. All in all, though, the dual-clutch transmission is a welcome addition that raises the level of driver engagement.”
On the handling front we commented, “Although comfort, auto, and dynamic modes each have a different stiffness, the S7 always relays a controlled, confident ride without ever being punishing. On gently flowing German backroads, the S7 changes directions with the feel of a much smaller and lighter car thanks to the impressive grip and the nicely calibrated electric power steering.”
“For anyone who’s driven an A7, piloting the S7 will be a familiar exercise,” we wrote in a review. “Luxury, performance, and style — the S7 delivers everything the A7 does, only with a sportier edge … With the S7, Audi has taken one of the best cars on sale today and made it even better.”
- Well-tuned electric power steering
- Ride is always controlled, but never overly harsh
- Lots of style
You Won’t Like
- Can have rough shifts when driven at a slower pace
- $8,000 more than the mechanically identical S6
- BMW 650i Gran Coupe
- Mercedes-Benz CLS550
- Cadillac CTS Vsport
- Jaguar XF 5.0 Supercharged