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Those of us liking the car already have been eagerly awaiting the 414-horsepower S7 – called the S7 Sportback in all other markets. Pricing for the U.S. has not been announced yet prior to the first deliveries in late October, but some basic calculations lead us to believe the price for a base S7 Premium Plus trim will come in somewhere a bit north of $70,000. Warning: Audis do get expensive. Just looking at this S7 in profile in so-called metallic Rocky Mountain Brown is a bit of an aesthetic event. At its lowest point while at rest or at speeds over 75 miles per hour on an Autobahn, the S7 sits 1.2 inches lower on its air suspension perches than a bog-standard A7. For Europe, the base wheel is a 19-inch design and there was talk of making the standard U.S. wheel a 20-inch set, such as that on the test car for this story. [CONFIRMED: U.S. gets 19s standard.] Optional wheels can hit 21 inches. I was already mumbling to myself: “Why exactly does one need a Bentley Continental GT with essentially this same powertrain at over twice the price?” The S7 is gorgeous. But this is old news. Does the A7 persona lend itself well to being an aggressor car of prey? The silly but effective red ring around the engine start-stop button at the console made me feel as though the S7 was going to live up to the hype I’d heaped on it. It’s okay to be gullible sometimes… right? Fortunately, this svelte cruiser from Neckarsulm fulfills the promise of that little red ring. The 414 horses maxing between 5,500 rpm and the 6,400 rpm redline are accompanied by a good kick of 406 pound feet of bi-turbo torque between 1,450 and 5,250 rpm. This 4.0-liter TFSI version of Audi’s EA824 V8 has been modified with Cylinder on Demand technology (also seen in the previously tested S8, new S6, and Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8), and it officially totes the 4,450-pound S7 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is held to the usual 155 mph.