Images have surfaced showing the new Audi A7 Sportback undergoing testing in high performance S7 form. Images courtesy of Motor Authority of a heavily camouflaged prototype give us our first chance to see what this sleek four-door coupe will look like when it goes on sale in 2018.
Its angular styling appears to have been heavily inspired by the Audi Prologue concept car, shown below, but the prototype retains the current A7’s squat stance and sporty sloping roofline. Read on for full details…
2018 Audi A7, S7 and RS7 styling
The current A7’s softly rounded headlights and grille have been dropped in favour of noticeably more angular units, reminiscent of those fitted to the Prologue concept. Its signature sloping roof and subtle side creases have been carried over from the current car while the rear bodywork appears to boast new brake lights and a modified bumper design.
The speedy S7 version, shown above, features the same cosmetic changes as its A7 sibling but adds sporty quad exhaust tips and slightly lowered suspension. Both cars are expected to be more aerodynamic than their blocky A6 cousins and have been spotted with a similar retractable spoiler to the current A7.
A full-fat RS7 version will doubtless come with the swollen arches, huge alloy wheels and gaping air intakes that typify modern fast Audis. Contrasting brushed metal effect trim pieces and huge oval exhausts are also expected to feature on this super-quick coupe.
2018 Audi A7, S7 and RS7 interior
The new car’s cabin should benefit from numerous equipment upgrades over the current car including Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display. This digital display replaces traditional analogue dials and helps lend the interior a high tech appearance.
The new A7’s interior will be built to the same exacting standards as the current car but its numerous vents and buttons could be lost in favour of a more minimalist design inspired by the Prologue Concept. Sporty S7 and RS7 models will doubtless be fitted with a number of racy touches such as a flat-bottomed steering wheel and bright contrast stitching on the seats.
2018 Audi A7, S7 and RS7 engines and driving
Entry-level models will probably be powered by a modest 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing approximately 250hp. Reports have suggested a plug-in hybrid model and a fully electric version may also be developed, too.
The faster S7 is expected to use the same 2.9-litre engine we expect to power the upcoming R8 V6 sports car and 2017 Porsche Panamera. Although significantly smaller than the outgoing car’s 4.0-litre V8, this twin-turbo unit will probably produce slightly more power and should return far better fuel economy.
Fans of characterful burbling V8s will be happy to hear the RS7 will boast a revised version of the current car’s eight-cylinder unit, tuned to produce more than 560hp. Audi’s electric turbo system, as fitted to the SQ7 SUV, should help reduce the effect of turbo lag, too.
2018 Audi A7 and S7 price and release date
The new A7 and its S7 sibling should make public debuts in 2017 before hitting UK showrooms in late 2018. High-performance RS7 models are expected to follow shortly after. The new models are expected to cost approximately the same as the outgoing car across the range – a standard A7 could set you back approximately £47,000 while S7 and RS7 versions will cost closer to £65,000 and £85,000 respectively.
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