Audi A7 Review & Ratings
- 23 February 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Audi A7 is classified as an executive car or mid-size luxury car and is manufactured by the German carmaker Audi. This vehicle, which comes in the form of a 4-door hatchback, is designed with an integrated trunk lid as well as a steeply raked rear window. The Audi Sportback, which was launched in 2009, was a concept vehicle which comes with a 3.0 liter V6 clean diesel engine which is capable of 225 PS or 222 horsepower and 550 N m or 405.66 pound-feet of torque. The Sportback also features a 7-speed S-tronic transmission along with Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive and a five-link front suspension. The electromechanical steering along with the ceramic disk brakes makes this vehicle a smooth and safe ride.
The Volkswagen Group MLB platform was used for the A7’s design as well as the Audi A6. The coupe version of the A7 was released just prior to the conventional A6 saloon. This vehicle was first introduced to the public in the Pinakothek der Moderne art museum in Munich in July of 2010 and again at the Paris Motor Show in 2010 as well as the New York Auto Show in 2011. These vehicle were available for purchase by fall of 2010 and some of the earlier models include the 2.8 FSI with multitronic, 3.0 TFSI Quattro with 7-speed S tronic, the 3.0 TDI Quattro with 7-speed S tronic, and the 3.0 TDI with multitronic.
The S7 was produced as a variant of the A7 and features a 4.0 biturbo TFSI V8 engine capable of 420 PS and 550 N m or 405.66 pound-feet of torque and a Quattro wheel drive system. This vehicle uses a 7-speed S Tronic gearbox and is able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h 0-62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The S7 was initially introduced to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011 and at the Audi Quattro Cup in 2012. Deliveries of the S7 started in the spring of 2012.
The A7 has won a number of different awards, including International Car of the Year in 2012 as well as Best of the Best Car for 2012 from AutoWeek magazine. Esquire magazine also named the A7 the Esquire Car of the Year for 2011. There are a number of things about this vehicle’s design which were highly innovative at the time, and it received incredibly positive attention all around. In 2012, a papercraft version of the 2012 Audi A7 was produced, and there was even a Super Bowl commercial aired to advertise this vehicle to the public.
The A7 Black Edition, which was launched in 2013, is a variant of the A7 with a 3.0 TDI, made available exclusively for the UK market. This vehicle includes a 21” alloy wheels with a dark titanium finish as well as a lowered S-line sports suspension and a black grille. There is also a BOSE audio system, black headlighting, Valcona leather, and an S line equipment package which includes satellite navigation, Xenon all-weather headlights, and light and rain sensors.
The RS 7, also released in 2013, is another variant of the A7 which is in direct competition with a number of other high-performance luxury saloons, including the Mercedes-Benz E63 as well as the BMW M5 and the Jaguar XFR-S. This vehicle comes equipped with a 4.0 TFSI twin scroll twin turbo V8 engine which is rated at 412 kW or 553 bhp and 700 N m or 516 pound-feet of torque. The RS7 was released to much anticipation and proved to be one of Audi’s more successful high-performance sports saloons, beating out many of its competitors in terms of sheer popularity.