Dashing Red Sportback: 2013 Audi S7

A little over two weeks ago, when I stopped by Audi Wilsonville to pick up a Misano Red 2013 Audi S4 as a loaner for the weekend, there was a lovely Misano Red 2013 Audi S7 parked in the service area that had just finished getting detailed. This would be the first time that I got to see the new 2013 Audi S7 in person. The base Audi A7 already makes a great presence wherever it is and the S7 adds a bit of edge with the S-specific grille, honeycomb mesh motif and other S badge garnishes.

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This particular S7 is wearing a 20-inch version of the five parallel-spoke wheels that had been available as the standard 19-inch wheels for the pre-facelifted Audi S5 (including mine, when set up with its summer tires).

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The customer who ordered this red S7 opted to go with the black leather seats with honeycomb stitching and the Carbon Atlas inlays. The S7 also includes S-specific lighted door sills. Oh, and there’s also the Bang & Olufsen sound system.

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Even with all of the S model specific trims, gadgets, and bits and bobs, the most important thing about the S7 is the biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine and the seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch gearbox that sends 420 HP to all four wheels. Impressively, the engine is able to motivate this 4,500 pound (plus or minus a couple dozen) beast to 60 MPH from a standstill in 4.5 seconds.

And just think, we’ll be getting the even more hotted up RS 7 in the United States in the near future. Yeah, it’s a pretty good time to be an Audi fan… well, except for the lack of Avants and diesels in the volume sellers. But I digress, the S7 is a gorgeous sportback and the owner of this S7 is going to will absolutely love it.

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As always, a huge thank you to Scott Mitchell and Audi Wilsonville for letting me take some photos of the car. Additional photos can be found in the “18 Jan 2013 – Red 2013 Audi S7” set as part of my Flickr photostream.

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