Powered by a 4.0-litre TFSI V8 twin-turbo engine, the Audi S7 performance is very good. Producing 414bhp and 550Nm of pulling power, the four-door coupe can achieve the 0-62mph benchmark sprint in just 4.7 seconds. It will then go on to a limited top speed of 155mph. There’s an excellent surge of power, which pins you to the back of your seat once you put your foot down.
Despite this pace things don’t get out of control or jittery as it’s all contained with the Quattro four-wheel drive system and self-locking central differential. The delivery of power always feels controlled and sophisticated, rather than abrupt and brash, but it's still awesomely quick. There's no jerkiness to the power delivery either: the seven-speed S Tronic automatic gearbox has incredibly quick gear changes, while the driver can use the steering-wheel mounted paddles to change this to manual.
The power and performance may be up from the standard model, but the handling is just more assured rather than exciting and fun. The numerous bits of technology, including adaptive air suspension and torque vectoring, essentially eliminates any trace of body roll. It feels composed in the corners and you will have to push it to its absolute limits in order for it to get really out of shape.
The steering feel isn't quite as engaging as you would like when you find yourself on more challenging roads with tight turns. If you want a car that will give you squeaky-bum excitement with a hint of danger, then the Audi S7 isn’t the way to go - there are other cars out there with better driving dynamics. If you want something that has plenty of grip, feels assured in corners and will cruise along at motorway speeds with incredible ease, however, then this car is ideal.