Four-door coupé – progressive design and tech
S model – sporty look, sophisticated pedigree
Impressive power output of 331kW/600Nm
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Audi’s A7 Sportback range has added a performance model to its S7 Sportback range featuring the brand’s latest design language and, the company says, ”delivering progressive exterior looks and tech that ”include a sporty and luxurious driving experience like no other”.
”The Audi S7 Sportback,” the local brand bosses say, ”is characterised by distinctive design and sophistication – inside and out – to emphasise a sporty look, dynamically-styled front trim, wide sills, a rear diffuser, and four tailpipes.
”S trim elements are included in dark chrome and aluminium on the grille, front blade, side air-inlets, exterior mirrors, and \rear diffuser.”
The 21” wheel rims are a specific S-model style and the cabin design, Audis says, ”has a sophisticated and modern look”.
That means black colour schemes, sporty inlays, and colour-contrasting stitching said to add to the sporty driving experience.
Standard cabin equipment includes Audi’s ”virtual” cockpit with a 31cm display, satnav, auto aircon, touch displays with haptic feedback, a choice of colourways, phone and smartphone interface, Bang & Olufsen sound, and a glass sunroof.
Further ‘Audi Connect’ technology includes connected infotainment, remote services, and safety features.
Seat upholstery is intended to be ”sporty”: each S Sport seat is topped by a head restraint embossed with an S logo; the seats are multi-adjustable, ventilated and have a massage function.
Seat upholstery choices include several variations of leather and Alcantara in black, grey or red or a variety of leather packages is available to further customise the cabin: brushed aluminium, fine grain ash or carbon twill are the options.
Further S-specific equipment includes a dedicated graphic layout of the standard virtual cockpit with rev counter entral. The steering-wheel is flat-bottomed.
Comfort and driver assistance equipment can include a 360-degree camera, self-adjusting cruise control, night vision assistant, lane-change warning. An all-wheel drive/sport differential combination can be specced.
Luggage for an extended holiday trip can be accommodated in a 1390-litre boot.
Propulsion options include a mild-hybrid, 48V, system that uses a lithium‑ion battery in the floor under the boot. During deceleration it can recover as much as eight kW of power.
”MHEV technology,” Audi says, ”allows start/stop operation from as slow as 22km/h and the system can realise a fuel saving of 0.4 litres through coasting for as much as 40 seconds. On that basis, the S7 Sportback can deliver impressive driving dynamics with high efficiency, low fuel consumption, and low emissions.”
ONE 331kW ENGINE
The 3.0 TFSI engine produces 331kW/600 Nm. Transmission is controlled via a tiptronic gearbox. Top speed is governed at 250km/h and 0-100km/h acceleration is stated at 4.6 seconds.
Permanent all-wheel drive is standard with a self-locking centre differential to distribute torque between the front and rear axles in a 40:60 ratio. If one wheel encounters slip, most of the drive torque goes to the axle with the better traction.
Wheel-selective torque control enhances sporty handling by braking the two wheels with reduced load on the inside of a bend slightly before they lose grip.
All-wheel steering is available with separate rear-axle steering operated by spindle drive and track rods. At up to 60km/h the rear wheels turn as much as five degrees in the opposite direction to the front to reduce the car’s turning circle by more than a metre.
Above that speed, the maximum is two degrees to, its maker says, ”make the S7 Sportback much more and agile at low speed and provides more directional stability at high speed.
All-wheel drive can be supplemented with a sport differential on the rear axle to allow better high-speed agility.
The driver can also configure the Audi drive select system to suit driving preference. The system comes with an S-specific set-up and offers “comfort”, “auto”, “dynamic”, “efficiency” and “individual” modes.
…AND SO TO THE PRICE
Audi S7 TFSI Sportback quattro Tiptronic – R1 500 500
Standard are a five-year or 100 000km* Audi Freeway plan
*Whichever comes first.