Long term report: Audi S7 #1


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Luxury on wheels – and very fast wheels at that...

The Audi S7 is a surprise addition to our fleet, but one that I'm rather glad is here. How it arrived is a long story. My own car was in with Audi for some repair work and the nice chaps and chapesses at head office decided to send me some wheels to tide me over.
Thankfully those wheels are attached to this stunner. I've always been a big fan of the A7. Ever since I borrowed one for a long drive and used the radar-controlled cruise control in a massive traffic jam to drive me along almost autonomously I was hooked.

The S7 is even better. For a start, it looks great. Quad exhausts, deep front grille and aggressive stance see to that. But this is all about the engine and it's an absolute corker. The 4.0-litre V8 has twin turbo charging and is good for 60mph in 4.7 seconds – but it hides that speed well. Inside it's so well insulated that you can often creep into figures that you can't quite believe are being displayed on the head-up display. Whoops.

I've done nearly 2,000 miles in the S7 already and love the way it makes long journeys breeze by. Even to Devon. And I hate driving to Devon. It's so comfortable, and the multimedia system is so good that it makes those long hauls a pleasure.

There are a couple of things that bug me, though. The automatic boot is a little slow to respond and the stop-start system takes a fraction too long to fire back up. But apart from that I'm loving my time with this luxurious cruiser. Hopefully Audi won't come and get it any time soon...

The knowledge

Model: Audi S7
Price: £61,995
Engine: 4.0-litre, V8 twin turbo
Power: 414bhp
Max speed: 155mph
0-60mph: 4.7s
Emissions: 225g/km
Mileage this month: 1,767.
This month's highlight: Belting along the motorway at... at... well, 71mph, officer...
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