Comparing the Audi R8 V10 Plus and the Audi S7 Sport back should be like comparing apples and oranges, funnily though it’s not. What Audi have managed to achieve in the S7 Sport back is nothing short of spectacular – supercar performance in a luxury sedan. The sheer capability of the S7 blew not only myself away but also everyone who had the pleasure of riding it in a fortnight ago.
Perhaps I became a little more attached to the S7 over the R8 because I spent 4 days with it. Maybe it’s because I drove it to the Blue Mountains and loaded it with a few gents and some quality plonk and admired it from the porch of a gorgeous sandstone farmhouse.
There wasn’t a thing I didn’t like about the car, sure I could argue it was a tad on the large side but when I think about 4 fully grown men in an RS4 wagon (the car I originally requested) I squirm. Now I can’t make the claim that the S7 is the ultimate family car because I haven’t yet driven the RS7, or the RS6 Avant for that matter, but I’m sure it’d be pretty close to the top of the list. In fact if it came down to it and I had to choose two Audis to have in my garage I’d have a hard time going past the S7 (to accompany the R8 V10 Plus of course).
I’m not going to lie, I hadn’t even considered the S7 as a viable option for the weekend away but when I got the email saying it was available I realised there probably wasn’t a better car in the Audi fleet suited to a leisurely weekend in the mountains.
We packed the outrageously sized boot late Friday evening and hit Old Windsor Road before a trip through the back roads of Freemans Reach where the S7 really found its form. Winding up Bells Line of Road into Bilpin I realised just how capable the huge sedan was. The 420 hp 4.0l twin turbo V8 has the ability to pass almost anything, as the V8 Ford driver in front of us found out quickly. There’s something so awesome about steering a large gentleman’s sedan into the right lane and flying past a bloke in a car he thinks is really fast. The S7 is a lot subtler in appearance than its more aggressive RS7 brother and I think it’s pace surprises a lot of people, which I love.
Inside, the S7 would give your Bentley Flying Spur a run for it’s money with quilted leather seats, exclusive aluminium and Beaufort wood trim combo (created from tulip wood that’s dyed black), Bose sound and a steering wheel that provides the driver with the perfect balance of luxury cruiser and sports car feel. The car is a strict four seater and accommodates four 6 foot gents and their luggage with ease.
Just to re-iterate, if I haven’t already made it clear, the S7 has got some serious gas, and the handling to complement with it’s sublimely tuned air suspension, all wheel drive and electromechanical steering. Through the narrow country roads it felt much lighter than a 1700kg car should, poised through corners and arguably even more planted at speed.
For $180k the Audi S7 Sport back is a pretty phenomenal (and gorgeous) piece of kit and comes in a tasty $80k cheaper than its Mercedes CLS63AMG rival. Unfortunately only 50 will hit Australian shores and they will get snapped up very very quickly. Audi have hit the nail dead set in the centre of the head with the S7 Sport back and I implore you, if you are ever presented with the chance, to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself because this car is the reason men love machines – pure motoring passion*.
* That passion consequently deducted 4 demerit points from my license and $417 from my back account.