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Spy Shots: 2012 Audi S7 caught, but what's under the hood?

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Spy Shots: 2012 Audi S7 caught, but what's under the hood?

by Damon Lavrinc (RSS feed) on Sep 21st 2010 at 3:32PM

When this first batch of spy shots landed in our inbox, we didn't think too much about them. It's an Audi A7 with the optional S Line bodykit. Big whoop. However, the rear view tells a different tale. Specifically, the quad-tipped exhaust.

What we're looking at is the first Audi S7 prototype which, according to earlier reports, could debut as early as next week at the Paris Motor Show.

If it does, we can expect a slightly lower ride height over the standard A7, upgraded brakes, wheels and tires, and a set of deeply bolstered buckets up front. But what's under the hood?

Initial speculation suggested that the 4.2-liter FSI V8 found in the Audi R8 could be the engine of choice, but the latest intel floating around involves a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 outputting upwards of 450 horsepower and a healthy amount of torque.

Hopefully, all will be revealed in just over a week, but before then, scope out the S7 mule in the gallery below.



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By Mark Kleis

Until yesterday the only spy shots of the upcoming S7's exterior were covered nose to tail in camouflage, but now we went from full camo to no camo with a complete view of the front, side and rear of the upcoming four-door Audi hot coupe.

Although most automakers have perfected the game of covering their cars, someone at Audi apparently forgot that the world is anxiously watching and left the automaker's compound in an all-new 2012 S7 - completely camo free.

The first set of completely exposed shots were taken at quite a distance, but this set taken of the S7 in white were up close and clear. It is clear that the next S7 will boast a very handsome and unique design that will set it apart from its main competitor in the Mercedes-Benz’ CLS 63 AMG. Behind the S7 are quad pipes, intended to help vent plenty of hot exhaust coming from what is believed to be one of the V8 or V10 engines currently found in the R8 supercar.

Output also remains unknown, but given the range-topping RS7 is expected to feature a 580 horsepower V10, something in the 450 range sounds reasonable.

Inside, the S7's dash is completely different than the A8's, with more of a sporty, cockpit feel. Despite the leather boot on the shift knob, this S7 has Audi's seven-speed automatic transmission, but the paddle shifters on the steering wheel should still deliver plenty of driver control.

The standard-issue A7 should hit the market later this year, but Audi will likely delay the launch of the S7 model by about 12 months. Given that timeframe, expect the S7 to debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The performance-minded S7 sedan should arrive in Audi dealers in late 2011 or early 2012.



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