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A sinister beauty: 2016 Audi S7 Quattro (pictures)

With 450 twin-turbocharged ponies at its command and a sleek coupelike silhouette, the 2016 Audi S7 is a dangerously seductive machine.

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2016 Audi S7 Quattro

This sinister beauty is the 2016 Audi S7 4.0T quattro.

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It's classified as a sedan, but the S7 features a liftback design that blends with coupe and wagon elements.

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The S7 is a higher-performance variant of Audi's A7 large sedan. The S is for "Sport."

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In addition to the go-faster bits, the S7 also features a darker, more sinister look than the A7.

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The darkened grille and more aggressive bumper are subtle tweaks that add aggression to the fascia.

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The S7's roofline extends nearly to the rear drop-off, giving the sedan a very coupelike silhouette.

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Beneath the Audi's hood is a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.

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Power is stated at 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

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Zero-to-60 mph happens in just 4.5 seconds.

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The headlamps feature full LED illumination, including the daytime running accents. Automatic high-beam illumination is part of an optional Driver Assistance package.

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The S7's upgraded brakes grip 15.7-inch rotors up front and 14-inch rotors out back.

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To keep the aerofoil-shaped body from lifting at speed, a small spoiler deploys.

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The spoiler automatically lifts at about 80 mph, but drivers can lift it manually with the touch of a button.

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19-inch wheels are standard equipment, but our example has been upgraded with 21-inch rollers.

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The low and wide design continues around to the rear end, where the sedan's hips seem to flare out.

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The liftback design gives wide and free access to the 24.5 cubic feet of rear cargo space.

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The liftback raises and lowers at the touch of a button.

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The sedan rides on Audi's air suspension, which gets a firmer tune for the S model.

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Three different modes change suspension's behavior between dynamic, auto and comfort settings.

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Some of the driver aid functions are powered by a camera located at the top of the windshield.

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A head-up display is projected onto the windshield.

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The headlamps and HUD are controlled via this bank of knobs and buttons.

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