Portrait of a Supercar: 2013 Audi S7

Listen up. People say there’s always room for improvement, and I’m living proof. Yes, I come from a long line of perfectly acceptable cars, but my predecessors have nothing on me. I’m the 2013 Audi S7 Sportback . Forget the A7 and the S4—they can’t tell me what to do anymore, because I’m out and available now. I’m free to find my roads.

To set the tone, my front headlights glower to reveal attitude my brethren don’t dare. I am faster, more innovative and more efficient, and I come in exclusive colors—Prism Silver and Estoril Blue. Join me on the road and I will respond to your every need. In fact, I will inspire needs you’ve never dared to imagine. I shift between dynamic and comfort modes, depending on the situation at hand, and four of my eight “cylinders on demand” kick in only when required. But when they do, my engine’s easy roar takes us to breakneck speed, limited only by German manufacturing restrictions.


We’ll zoom through town, leaving admirers to catch a glimpse of my retractable trunklid spoiler, quad chrome-tip exhaust and lower diffuser. It’s just you and me on the road, ripping around turns, low to the asphalt, my engine will subtly shiver to match that feeling running up the back of your neck. I spare no comfort for passengers, either. My unique active engine mounts smooth our ride when possible and my ANC (active noise control) system hushes exterior sounds so my standard BOSE surround sound (or optional Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system) can create the road show of your audio dreams.

imageI maintain a unique lightweight aluminum hybrid construction with steel where it counts. I’m seamless, a five-door beauty with proportions and dynamically tensioned roofline, sporty like a coupe. A long engine hood and wheelbase, and short overhangs only add to my physique. My look screams performance—but those who can, need not boast.

You’ll find more surprises inside. My “S7” colors are bold and in view throughout, as you’ll see embossed in the soft diamond-stitched leather of my comfortable yet sporty black, lunar silver or goa beige seats. And you can choose between my standard combo of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, or step it up and try the fine Milano or Valcona grades. These babies, in regular or “comfort” versions, put you in my cockpit with adjustable height and power lumbar support standard. The awesome logo is on my key, leather sport steering wheel, aluminum shift pedals, instrument cluster, illuminated door sill trims and both displays, and I decorate based on your taste, whether you like inlays in standard aluminum, carbon fiber, natural fine grain ash or layered Beaufort oak. Adding a bit more drama, notice the red ring around my start-stop button. There’s no getting around it—something serious is about to happen.

Engine: 4.0 L twin-turbo V8
0-62 in 4.9 seconds
Max Power: 420 hp @ 5000 rpm
Max Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm
Max Speed: 155 mph