Intel Report: Audi S7 Scheduled for Paris Launch Sep 10, 2010 by: Fourtitude Staff, Images: Audi, Renders: Fourtitude Staff With the Paris Auto Show just a few weeks away, rumors have begun to swirl surrounding Audi’s planned showpieces. Alternating every other year with Frankfurt, these two auto shows are THE major European events opposite the calendar with Geneva. Thus far the only confirmed reveal from Ingolstadt is the Audi A7 and that car was already shown in person at and event in Munich last month. Given Audi is normally good for 1-3 model reveals and often a concept at a major auto show, it’s no surprise that theories on the concept (we’ve read R4 e-tron Roadster on one site) or production cars (we’ve read S1 on another site) are surfacing. We’ve begun pressing sources for some insight on what else might be see and we’ve received one answer we hadn’t heard before… the S7. With the A7 already shown maybe it’s logical that Audi will also reveal the S-car version of the car, the S7, alongside. Audi doesn’t usually drop an S-car along with the A-car but technically this isn’t the A7’s first outing. With so much new product in the pipeline, Ingolstadt’s got to make the most of the big shows. One thing we know about Audi is that they are very consistent with their S-car design and design cues. Given this, we can take a guess at how the S7 will appear and feel safe in suggesting this guess will be accurate. It is likely the car will wear bodywork from the A7 S-line and include stylistic changes consistent with the most recently revealed S-car - the 2011 TTS. We’ve added these cues to A7 S-line images for our rendition. Most intriguing to performance enthusiasts is just what engine will reside under the hood. The idea of a revised version of the old V10 has been kicked around and garnered momentum on the pages of magazines and within the blogosphere but our sources have been suggesting the V10 is not consistent with Audi’s efficiency efforts internally referred to as ‘downsizing’. Our intel and a few assumptions suggest the car will be powered by an all-new twin turbo 4.0T FSI that’s closely related to the new base V8 engine confirmed with little detail in PR materials for the Paris-bound new Bentley Continental GT. A while back a source of ours at the senior-most levels of Audi told us a bit about this new 4.0T. This new evolution of the corporate V8 will make use of a biturbo configuration with all the goods housed between the V in order to save room on packaging. That conversation spoke of the 4.0T in the context of the A8 but further discussions with other sources have confirmed the engine for the S6 as well. Here’s where we begin to make our own assumptions. Audi has always shared powerplants between S6 and S8 ever since the first S8 was introduced. That strategy is unlikely to change and, with the A7 shoehorned in between, it is logical that the A7 would also get this new engine. Given Bentley may show the 4.0T version of the Continental GT at Paris, a rollout of the first 4.0T there as well is a reasonable conclusion. What else will be included in the S7 offering? Expect Audi’s Sport Differential as seen on the S4 and maybe a 7-speed longitudinal S-tronic DSG transmission. Since the U.S. A7 will get Tiptronic only, we’re banking S-tronic at least and maybe a full-on manual transmission for purists. Sport seats and carbon fiber trim are also usual suspects in the S-car portfolio and would compliment the car’s dynamic interior design. Fourtitude editors will be attending the Paris Auto Show and full details on the S7 will come forth as they become available. :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana: cant wiat for paris!!!!!