2013 Audi S7 Spy Shots

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Current Audi S models, while visually quite different from the standard versions to the informed eye, often fly under the radar of regular folks. But that's set to change for the next generation of S models, according to previous reports, and these latest spy shots hint at just how the S7 will differentiate itself from the 2012 Audi A7, with fully undisguised bodywork, plus we get our first close-up glimpse at the instrument cluster.

Borrowing most of its looks from the production Audi A7, the S7 adds to the package with specific performance enhancing upgrades. The new front bumper, revealed in the latest shots with no camouflage, shows larger air intake openings to better cool the engine and brakes--in the case of the latest test vehicle, those are ceramic brakes, as clearly labeled on the caliper. The lower, more aggressive front lip also adds to the S7's stance.

At the rear, the S7 prototype has dual round exhaust pipes under the bumper instead of the integrated trapezoidal units on the concept, and the latest spy shots show the car with an integrated automatic hatch spoiler instead of the medium-sized standalone wing on the earlier prototype. The wheels are split-five-spoke alloy units, ditching the previous incognito black.The latest shots show the vehicle completely denuded, so there's little doubt left about what the production S7 will look like.

The Audi S7 is expected to get a 394-horsepower 4.0-liter V-8 for motivation, and should drive all four wheels as the S moniker deserves. It won't be the hottest A7-platform vehicle, however, as an RS7 with a screaming 5.0-liter V-10 twin-turbo engine derived from Lamborghini DNA providing 600-plus horsepower us rumored to be in the works.

As we confirmed with Audi at the 2011 New York Auto Show, the S7 will be coming to the U.S., though we can expect to wait 6 to 12 months after its European debut--likely meaning something in early or mid-2012, probably as a 2013 model.

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Comments (9)
  1. Audi will never revert to a two section grille; the single frame grille is now part of their family look and integral to their brand. The reason that the S7 is disguised with a two piece grille is to fool people, particularly those named Nelson.

  2. Actually, Green Flag, every current Audi has a horizontally split grille. It's disguised on the A6, but all of them have a central bar section dividing it in two. The A7 Sportback Concept does not have that bar. Don't believe me?
    http://www.audiusa.com/us/brand/en.html and http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1031275_audi-releases-full-details-for-sportback-concept

  3. Nelson, that's only for the US market where Americans feel the need to have chrome strips on the licence plate holder (usually unadorned in the RoW) which are fitted to most Audi single frame grilles.

  4. Nelson, re my earlier post, see all European Audi models: http://www.km77.com/00/audi/0portada/p01.asp

  5. Green Flag--that's all well and good, but I'm writing from the U.S. for the U.S. market. And Audi does, in point of fact, have the horizontally split grille here. That's all I'm saying. No one is being fooled.

  6. You can see in the front on shot, the S7 has the same bumper behind the grill as US models. The only difference is the US models have a strip of plastic across the middle. It's not really split, because the grill is one single piece and the strip is screwed into place. Even visually, it's not split, its just got a bar inside as the entire grill is trimmed in chrome and uninterrupted.
    It's a permanent Audi trait for now.

  7. I think Audi knows what to their customers what. They had their best year ever last year thanks to that.

  8. Awesome.. I want. Badly. In Black.

  9. after just viewing the 1 series shots, the Audi's front end looks absolutely amazing and simple!

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