Same car, completely different characters. That’s the story of the Audi S7 Sportback sold in Europe and outside of the Old Continent. The same holds true for some of the other larger S models as Audi is selling them with a diesel engine in Euro land and with a gasoline unit in markets such as North America and the Middle East. Auditography had the pleasure of filming the “real” S7 TFSI in Doha, Qatar and created a video that Europeans might find a bit frustrating.
After all, the gasoline-fueled S7 is a forbidden fruit in Europe. It’s not just that as aside from inheriting the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine from the RS4 and RS5 models, the S7 also has proper quad exhausts. Speaking of which, it also has a meaner soundtrack since the car sold outside of Europe doesn’t have the gasoline particulate filter. Some say GPFs also rob cars of some performance, but that remains to be determined.
As for this particular car, it’s finished in Daytona Gray Pearl with a pearl effect and has the optional Black Optics package bringing an assortment of dark accents. The S7 TFSI sits on the optional 21-inch alloy wheels featuring a five “V” spoke design with 255/35 R21 tires. Inside, the red Valcona leather upholstery is a worthy upgrade and it creates a visual connection with the exterior, specifically with the red brake calipers.
Aside from shooting the S7 TFSI, Auditography also got to experience its performance first-hand through an acceleration test. With the launch control activated, the car hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.22 seconds or nearly three-tenths of a second quicker than what Audi says. That was possible thanks to 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque or the exact same as in the aforementioned RS4 and RS5 models.
Whether the S7 TFSI will ever return to Europe remains to be seen, so in the meantime, the 3.0 TDI V6 will have to suffice.