B7 (Typ 8E/8H, 2005–2009) Fourth generation (B7/8E/8H)
Production: Nov 2004–Jun 2008 Jan 2006–2008 (cabrio)
Body and chassis 4-door saloon/sedan, 5-door estate/wagon (Avant), 2-door cabriolet
Engine & Transmission: 4.2 L V8 40v DOHC – 6-speed Getrag manual or 6-speed ZF 6HP19 tiptronic automation
Wheelbase: 2,648 mm (104.3 in) Cabrio: 2,654 mm (104.5 in)
Length: 4,586 mm (180.6 in) Cabrio: 4,572 mm (180.0 in)
Width: 1,781 mm (70.1 in) Cabrio: 1,778 mm (70.0 in)
Height: 1,415 mm (55.7 in) Cabrio: 1,392 mm (54.8 in)
There are a few mechanical changes, such as revised springs and dampers and, from model year 2007, an updated Torsen T-3 automatically biasing centre differential, featuring a ‘default’ asymmetric 40:60 front-rear torque split on manual transmission models, along with the later Bosch ESP 8.0 Electronic Stability Programme and gloss black painted brake calipers. The ‘Avus-III’ roadwheels now became an option, and were replaced by a standard offering 8.0Jx18 inch ‘S-design’ 7-spoke forged alloy wheel.
Bose sound system is now standard, whereas it was optional on the B6 S4, and an enhanced optional DVD-ROM-based RNS-E satellite navigation system replaces the previous CD-ROM-based RNS-D option.
The new trapezoidal single-frame grille, Bi-Xenon high-intensity discharge lamp (HID) headlamps, L-shaped tail-lamps, quad exhaust tail pipes, and discrete V8 badging below the side repeater indicators help distinguish the B7 from the previous B6 model.