2018 Audi A7 Sportback (2nd Generation)

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ROAD TEST: Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI Quattro S tronic

TEST SUMMARY

The May 2011 road test of the first A7 Sportback enthused that, with the introduction of this particular model, Audi may have created its most broadly appealing car and potentially hindered future sales of its contemporary A6 and A8 models, not to mention cindering any hope of reviving Avant sales.

Well into the era of the SUV, Audi’s extensive modern Q family – capped by the flamboyant Q8 – is unlikely to be flustered by the arrival of a new swept-back sedan. Yet, having refined the new A7 package to this extent, you have to wonder whether potential market enthusiasm for the new A6 and A8 may again be stifled.

The A7 Sportback was once considered niche, much like the new CLS and the as-yet untested BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé. Yet, in modern times, this segment – likely smaller than ever – remains the reserve of an altogether more sophisticated, high-class buyer unfazed by the notoriety drawn by large and often compromised-for-the-cause SUVs.

While the forthcoming 441 kW/800 N.m RS7 Sportback looks set to turn up the wick – there’s space aplenty in the segment following Mercedes-Benz’s decision to cap the CLS’s credentials with the much lower-powered 53 AMG – there is a unique appeal in a well-rounded, brawny and planted four-door coupé.

ROAD TEST SCORE

A7 Sportback Audi A7 Sportback 55TFSI quattro S line
80 / 100
Price: R1,250,000
0-100 km/h: 5.3
Power (kW@r/min): 250 KW @ 5000-6400
Torque (N.m@r/min): 500 N.m @ 1370-4500
Top speed: 250
Claimed cons. (l/100 km): 7.1 l/100 KM's
C02 emissions (g/km): 157 g/KM

A7 Sportback Audi A7 Sportback 55TFSI quattro S line
80 / 100
Price: R1,284,550
0-100 km/h: 5.3
Power (kW@r/min): 250 KW @ 5000-6400
Torque (N.m@r/min): 500 N.m @ 1370-4500
Top speed: 250
Claimed cons. (l/100 km): 7.1 l/100 KM's
C02 emissions (g/km): 157 g/KM


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AutoTrader SA review of the 2020 A7 Sportback 55 TFSi Quattro S-Line

 

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WATCH | We drive the the Audi A7 55 TFSI

 

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New Audi S7 Sportback: price for South Africa finally revealed

The new Audi S7 Sportback is finally set to hit the market in South Africa and we’ve unearthed local pricing.

So, how much will the S7 set you back? Well, pricing will start at R1 500 500, with the S7 Sportback slotting in above the standard 250 kW/500 N.m A7 Sportback 55 TFSI (the latter currently priced at R1 298 000).

For the record, the S6 sedan is R99 000 less expensive than the new S7 Sportback, at R1 401 500.

While the S7 offered in Europe draws its urge from a 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, the SA-spec version will employ Audi’s familiar twin-turbo 2,9-litre V6 petrol powerplant, driving all four wheels. This TFSI unit’s peak outputs are likely to match those of the S6 (as well as those of the RS4 Avant and RS5 family), which makes 331 kW and 600 N.m.

 

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Pricing! New Audi S7 Sportback officially touches down in South Africa

We brought you pricing of the new S7 Sportback earlier in November 2020 but now Audi has officially launched the newcomer in South Africa.

As we pointed out in that original story, the new S7 Sportback starts at R1 500 500, shipping standard with the German firm’s five-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.

As a reminder, the turbocharged 2,9-litre V6 petrol engine offers 331 kW and 600 N.m, delivered to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h, while the obligatory blast from standstill to 100 km/h takes a claimed 4,6 seconds. In addition, the new S7 Sportback features a 48 V mild-hybrid system (with a belt alternator starter and a 10 Ah lithium‑ion battery) capable of recovering up to 8 kW of power.


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TESTED: Audi A7 Sportback is a comfortable and eye-catching gran turismo

At just under five metres long the A7 is a big car but it certainly doesn’t feel it as it cruises along effortlessly almost ignoring any road imperfections. Despite its size and 1.8 ton weight it’s easy enough to park in minimum spec shopping parking bays aided no doubt by the optional all-wheel steering which also adds to better and more direct steering when you decide to push your right foot a bit harder.

One thing I did miss though was adaptive cruise control, which at R1.3 million should be standard especially on a GT-type car built for long comfortable road trips.

Apart from that though the Audi A7 55 TFSI Sportback quattro S tronic stands out in this segment, albeit a relatively small one, as a very comfortable, eye-catching four door coupe with an unbelievably smooth performance that belies its size and weight.


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Wait, what? Audi A7 L revealed as LWB sedan

Trying to fill every conceivable niche is something that the German carmakers have down to a fine art and Audi is no exception. But this Audi A7 L is one we would never have thought of or expected.

We say this because Audi already has the A8 and A6 sedans, both of which are available in standard and long-wheelbase guises, although in the latter case it’s a China-only offering. But now Audi has somehow seen a gap for another long-wheelbase sedan, this time based on the A7 Sportback.

Like the A6 L, the Audi A7 L will be available in China only, built in Shanghai in partnership with SAIC. Audi says it combines the “sporty DNA of the A7 Sportback with the prestigious elegance of a large Limousine”. Has Audi managed to hit the mark with this one? You be the judge of that.

Measuring 5 076 mm, the Audi A7 L is just over 100 mm longer than the Sportback that it’s based on, but it is still around 100 mm shorter than the standard-wheelbase A8 saloon.

The A7 L is powered by the 250 kW version of Audi’s 3,0-litre V6 turbopetrol, and features quattro all-wheel drive as well as rear-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension.


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Audi S7 Sportback quattro (2021) Review

Fast Facts

Model Tested: Audi S7 Sportback quattro
Price: R1 568 000 (June 2021)
Engine: Turbocharged 2.9L V6 petrol
Power/Torque: 331 kW/600 Nm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Fuel efficiency: 8.4 L/100 km
0-100kph: 4.6 sec
Load capacity: 535–1 390 litres

How much does Audi S7 Sportback cost in SA?

The Audi S7 Sportback sells for R1 568 000 (June 2021) without any options fitted. The price includes a 1-year/unlimited km warranty and 5-years/100 000km maintenance plan.

Verdict

Like most of the recent high-performance RS additions to the Audi South Africa stable, the S7 Sportback is very attractively priced against its nearest competition. Although Mercedes-Benz has shown an updated CLS in Europe, it’s not yet on South African pricelists, and so we have to look to BMW and Porsche for competitors. BMW’s 8 Series Gran Coupe is a very attractive machine, but the 840i variant is a good R100k more expensive than the Audi and not as powerful (250 kW). Similarly, the closest Porsche Panamera, on price, is the “4”, which is even more expensive (pre-options) and yet less powerful (243 kW).

For those few buyers out there who are looking for a sedan-like luxury car experience, however, Audi puts forward a very compelling proposition in the case of the S7 Sportback. In fact, this is a very hard car to fault, given the sheer breadth of its talents. Offering exceptional ride comfort, oodles of power, fantastic attention to detail in the cabin, all wrapped up in a handsome design, the only real criticism we can level at the S7 Sportback is the fact that it misses one or two desirable features as standard. Then again, you could add those to the price and still pay less than you would for one of its rivals.


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ROAD TEST: Audi S7 Sportback vs Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe

TEST SUMMARY

Given the inherent advantages in terms of passenger and utility space that the S7’s four-door design has over the E53’s coupé arrangement, it was surprising to see just how closely these two are in many aspects. It may concede to the S7 in terms of on-paper firepower but the Mercedes makes good use of its lighter weight and more nimble chassis when pressed hard. Factor in a punchy and vociferous powerplant along with an eye-catching shell and it’s a thoroughly accomplished package ... but it’s not enough to see off the

Audi in this instance. While the E53 may be the more entertaining car to drive hard, the S7 is the better all-round car to drive often. Dynamically, the E53 manages to only marginally eclipse the Audi, but in terms of perceived quality, a palpably more resolved ride and overall refinement, the S7 leaves it in the shade. The Audi S7 is a brilliant all-rounder and the winner in this particular exchange.

FAST FACTS

Model:
Audi S7 TFSI Sportback Quattro Tiptronic
Price: R1 568 000
Engine: 2,9-litre, V6, twin-turbopetrol
Power: 331 kW
Torque: 600 N.m
0-100 km/h: 5,24 seconds
Top speed: 250 km/h
Fuel consumption: 11,4 L/100 km
CO2: 197 g/km
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Maintenance plan: Five-years/100 000 km

FAST FACTS

Model:
Mercedes-AMG E53 coupe 4Matic+ 9G-Tronic
Price:R1 630 600
Engine:3,0-litre, straight-six, turbocharged + EQ Boost
Power:350 kW + 16 kW EQ Boost
Torque:520 N.m
0-100 km/h:4,83 seconds
Top Speed:250 km/h
Fuel Consumption:10,6 L/100 km
CO2:200 g/km
Transmission:Nine-speed automatic
Maintenance Plan:Five-year/100 000 km

https://www.carmag.co.za/car-review...-audi-s7-sportback-vs-mercedes-amg-e53-coupe/

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