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2016 Audi S7 hatchback sedan boasts the soul of a sports car (pictures)

With excellent handling technology under its curvacious body, the new S7 performs exceedingly well in the twists, but also makes for a luxury everyday ride.

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The Audi S7 is the sport-equipped version of the A7, featuring more power and better handling technologies.

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The model uses the same body as the A7, with four doors and a rear hatch, making for capacious cargo capacity.

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The 2016 S7 features some minor styling updates over the previous model year, plus 30 more horsepower and updated cabin electronics.

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LED headlights come standard on the S7, and include a new running light design for the 2016 model year.

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What really sets the S7 apart from the A7 is this 4-liter V-8 with twin turbos nestled between the cylinder banks. For the 2016 model year, this engine produces 450 horsepower.

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An adaptive air suspension can be set to Comfort or Dynamic, the latter mode helping the car remain flat in the turns.

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Quattro all-wheel-drive has been a standard with Audi for many years, a technology that improves sport handling and helps the car handle slippery road conditions.

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Audi makes its Sport Differential optional on the S7, but it's a must-have feature because of how it helps the car's handling.

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Carbon-fiber trim in the cabin includes red thread in the weave -- a unique look.

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Audi updated the S7's cabin electronics with a new processor, software and a 4G data connection, making these Google Earth maps load more quickly.

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You can customize the S7's performance profile extensively, or just use the Dynamic and Comfort presets.

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