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The all-new 2012 Audi S7 is the latest edition to the automaker’s lineup of swoopy pseudo-hatchbacks, and it will be nothing less than a beast. The S7 will use the same engine as the S6 and S6 Avant, the new twin-turbo 4.0-liter TFSI V8 producing 420-hp and 405 lb-ft of torque.
The five-door coupe can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed limited to 155 mph. The engine features Audi’s “cylinder on demand” technology improving fuel consumption for an overall rating of 24 mpg. The engine is mated to a dynamic seven-speed S tronic transmission as well as with Audi’s bullit proof quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The S7 also comes standard with the adaptive air suspension sport and the Audi drive select dynamic system. The car can be had with 19- and 20-inch wheels and dynamic steering, which varies its ratio as a function of speed, carbon-ceramic discs, and optional sport differential.
The sporty character of the S7 is carried through on the interior as well. The interior is highlighted by numerous details including the S badges, the red ring on the start-stop button , the S7 badges in the door sill trim, the aluminum strip on the S tronic gear lever and the aluminum shift paddles. The seats are height adjustable with power lumbar support. The cabin can also be styled with aluminum, carbon, natural fine grain ash and layered Beaufort oak as well as Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with the leather grades Milano and Valcona, so in other words, no shortage of choice.
The S7 Sportback is scheduled for delivery starting in the spring of 2012. Look for the official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show on September 13th.
GALLERY: 2012 Audi S7
At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi will unveil four new S performance models, all packing a version of the brand’s new turbocharged V8 engine. Displacing 4.0-liters, this V8 can deliver up to serious power with improved fuel economy over past S versions.
In the new S6 sedan and Avant models, the engine will produce 420-hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds. The same engine, with the same output will also be found in the new S7, which will deliver a 4.9 second 0-62 mph time thanks to a slightly heavier chassis.
All models will come standard with Audi’s quattro technology, while the S6 and S7 will get Audi’s S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission. The S8 will come equipped with an 8-speed automatic.
Audi is also touting fuel economy improvements, due to a lighter chassis as well as a new ‘cylinder on demand’ technology that will reduce the number of active cylinders to four under lighter loads.
Audi has just released the new A6 Avant and is working on expanding the lineup with the all new Allroad model. The new version will be similar to before with a raised ride height, steel bumper guards and subtle plastic cladding to protect the body over off-road terrain.
Aud’s adaptive air-suspension will come standard on the Allroad, so drivers can adjust the ride height to suit different conditions at the push of a button. The Allroad will likely come with the 3.0-liter TFSI turbocharged powerplant and the 309-hp diesel engine.
As well as the Allroad, the high performance S6 sedan and wagon will debut this September at the Frankfurt Auto Show, so wagon lovers are in for a treat.
[Source: Auto Express]
According to a recent report by Car and Driver, Audi will be offering a diesel option for the soon to be released 2012 S6 and S7 Sportback models.
Official details have yet to be released, but there is speculation that the diesel variant will likely have a 3.0-liter TDI powerplant rivaling the gas engine in power. The diesel will have less horsepower but more torque; somewhere around 350-hp and 479 lb-ft of torque.
The gas engine is expected to be a 430-hp turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, which Audi will share with the Bentley Continental GT.
Designed for the European market, it’s unclear (and unlikely) that the diesel S6 or S7 Sportback will be offered in North America.
[Source: Car & Driver]
Volkswagen is recalling 5,992 2001-2004 Audi A6, 2003 Audi RS6 and 2002-2003 Audi S6 models because a fuel system flaw could lead to a vehicle fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This fuel issue is only affecting vehicles with 4.2-litre engines.
“The aging of the plastic material in the fuel tank rollover valve combined with bending stress from the aluminum ventilation line to the rollover valve nipple may lead to cracking of the nipple,” said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. “If this happens, a fuel leak may result. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could lead to a vehicle fire.”
The recall is expected to commence in June. Audi owners can receive further information at 1-800-822-2834.
[Source: Inside Line]