2016 Audi A7/S7 Sportback styling and powertrain upgrades
Set for a home-market launch this fall as 2015s, the Audi A7 and S7 Sportback will arrive in America sometime next year as 2016 models. Seen here in European trim, the automaker has confirmed their U.S.-spec Quattro-fortified siblings will share all of the visual and at least some of the mechanical enhancements.
The revised 2016 Audi A7 and high-performance S7 gain more dynamic flair thanks to edgier fascia treatments. Up front, the signature single frame grille is reshaped and flanked by new thin-line LED headlamps. European buyers can upgrade to Audi's matrix LED units that selectively shape the high beam pattern to prevent blinding oncoming drivers. The rear revamp brings new taillights that share cues with the headlamps and a restyled diffuser with rectangular exhaust outlets. Finally, the directional signals at either end feature sequential illumination pattern.
While European models will offer two TFSI gasoline engines and three TDI turbodiesels, we expect to see the existing engines carry over here. That would see the A7 fitted with a 333-hp/3.0-liter supercharged V6 with the S7 getting the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 but seeing output bumped from 420 to 450 horsepower as it is in the 2015 A8 model. There's also a possibility we'll finally see a TDI engine here - hopefully the new 3.0-liter Clean Diesel presented at the recent International Vienna Motor Symposium - but that decision has yet to be finalized.
Inside, the upcoming A7/S7 models will offer a new selection of interior trim materials, the latest version of the automaker's MMI infotainment system, LTE in-car connectivity and an enhanced night-vision system. Given their anticipated on sale date here, it seems likely we'll see U.S. versions of the 2016 Audi A7 and S7 models at either the Los Angeles Auto Show in November or in Detroit next January.
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