The 2016 Audi S7 certainly packs in plenty of polarizing style. Some love it, and that group includes your author here. I find the shape far more tantalizing than your average four door. Add in the fact that this is a surprise hatchback, and I'm a fan for life. On the other side of the fence, however, are folks that just can't get over the shape of the rump and find the S6 or S8 infinitely more appealing. One thing I think we can all agree on, however, is that the S7 is a car capable of easy speed.
What I mean by easy speed is that you can find illegal figures on the speedometer in a smooth and quick fashion. I can't test this on the road. I can, however, take the car to the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed in California and take speed limits out of the equation. That's exactly what I did with this S7, and its pretty white paint scheme... which was about to be covered in dry lake bed dust.
Thanks to the 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine, the Audi S7 will run from 0-60 mph in a tick over four seconds. If you keep that throttle pedal pressed it should hit 155 mph. Well, I don't mean to say should but rather will and will do so quite effortlessly. I don't show it in the video, because I wasn't filming when I hit and stayed at the limiter for a minute. I do get the car up to around 140 though, and it was clear that Audi is a company that gets to play on the Autobahn whenever it wants.
A quick warning about the video. The intro audio is a bit hampered but the rest of the video is totally clean. Meanwhile, this particular $93,000 Audi S7 gets a bit dirty.
If you're looking for a more in depth dive into the car, be sure to read our first drive report.