The twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 under the S7’s bonnet produces 444hp, but the smoothness of it is what really impresses. It’s still rocket-ship quick with 0-62mph taking 4.4 seconds, but thanks to the latest in fuel-saving technology it isn’t hugely expensive to run.
Thanks to its quattro four-wheel-drive system, the S7 has the grip to go around corners (no matter the weather) very quickly, but it’s more at home on the motorway, where few cars can match its in-gear acceleration. If you like overtaking incredibly quickly, this is the car for you.
You’ll have to look hard to find a better appointed cabin at this price – everything from the carbon-fibre inlays to the switchgear feels extremely solid. The overall impression you get inside the S7 is that it was chiseled out of one solid chunk of premium plastic, rather than assembled from individual components.
The S7 comes with plenty of equipment as standard such as heated leather seats and a four-zone climate control system, but at this price point, Audi should have been more generous.
This is the ultimate under-the-radar fast car
So to recap – the S7’s interior could be sportier, the ride softer, the engine more powerful and the options less expensive. It seems difficult to recommend, then, yet rivals have similar drawbacks, while the S badge brings that sense of occasion the competition simply doesn’t have. You could say that it’s the perfect compromise for everyday driving.