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Much of Audi S7's groundbreaking efficiency can be attributed to the
lightweight body. A hybrid aluminum construction, it weighs roughly 15 percent
less than a comparable all-steel body. Lightweight components include the long
rear hatch that opens and closes electrically as standard. Beneath it is a
luggage compartment with a volume of 19 cu ft (535 liters), which increases to
49 cu ft (1,390 liters) with the rear seat backs folded down.
The design of the Audi S7 Sportback is seamless. The
long engine hood, the long wheelbase and the short overhangs create perfect
proportions. The low, dynamically tensioned roof line gives the five-door model
the character of a coupe. At highway speeds, a rear spoiler extends from the
rear hatch to improve stability.
Subtle yet eye-catching details signal
the top position in the model series occupied by the 16.34 ft (4,980-millimeter)
S7 Sportback. These can be found at the single-frame grille, the front bumper,
the side mirrors, the sills, the rear bumper, the diffuser and the tailpipes.
Nine exterior colors are available, including the exclusive shades Estoril Blue,
crystal effect and Prism Silver, crystal effect. The body is decorated with S
and V8 T badges.
The S7 Sportback shows its sporty
character in the interior, too. This can be seen in numerous details - the S
badges, the red ring on the start-stop button, the S7 logo in the illuminated
door sill trims, the aluminum strip on the S tronic selector lever and the
aluminum shift paddles. The footrest and the pedals are made of stainless steel,
and the soft keys of the MMI operating system are in an aluminum-look finish.
Customers can choose decorative inlays in standard aluminum, carbon, natural
fine grain ash and layered Beaufort oak. Black, lunar silver and goa beige (only
for the seat upholstery) comprise the color palette for the headlining,
instrument panel, carpet and seats. The standard seat upholstery is a
combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with the leather grades Milano
and Valcona available as options.
Audi equips the S7 Sportback with
height-adjustable S sport seats with power lumbar supports as standard. Comfort
seats and regular seats are available as options. The backrests of the S sport
seats are embossed with S logos.
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