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Spy Shots: 2012 Audi S7 Unmasked

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Spy Shots: 2012 Audi S7 Unmasked

By Nelson Ireson


September 21st, 2010

Current Audi S models, while visually quite different from the standard versions to the informed eye, often fly under the radar of regular folks. But that's set to change for the next generation of S models, according to previous reports, and these latest spy shots hint at just how the S7 will differentiate itself from the 2011 Audi A7.

Borrowing most of its looks from the production Audi A7, the S7 adds to the package with specific performance enhancing upgrades. Large mesh panels take the place of the lower air dams and fog light locations, as well as fill the grille openings, creating air intake necessary for a powerful engine and cooling large brakes.

At the rear, the S7 prototype has dual round exhaust pipes under the bumper instead of the integrated trapezoidal units on the concept, and the latest spy shots show the car with an integrated hatch spoiler instead of the medium-sized standalone wing on the earlier prototype. The wheels are split-five-spoke units in a polished alloy finish, ditching the previous incognito black.The latest shots show the vehicle almost completely denuded, so there's little doubt left about what the production S7 will look like.

The Audi S7 is expected to get a 394-horsepower 4.0-liter V-8 for motivation, and should drive all four wheels as the S moniker deserves. It won't be the hottest A7-platform vehicle, however, as an RS7 with a screaming 5.0-liter V-10 twin-turbo engine derived from Lamborghini DNA providing 600-plus horsepower. The S7 is due in early 2011 as a 2012 model, however, while the RS7 will likely wait until 2013.



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