2012 Audi A7 Review - Audi Forums
Audi News & Audi Forum News This section contains front page news articles related to Audi News & Audi Cars. In addition, important posts about Audi-Forums.com will be posted here as well. Only Administrators may start new threads in this section.

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 326
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
2012 Audi A7 Review



Quote:
A flagship of style, the A7 speaks to a new breed of luxury buyer
By Colum Wood

There hasn’t been a shake up in the flagship luxury sedan segment in decades. But the times, they are a changin’.

Big German six-figure saloons may still sit at the head of the table when it comes to price, but increasingly they’re being challenged by equally luxurious and almost as large cars. And there’s no arguing that this new breed of vehicle is at the top of the heap when it comes to design.

The Audi A7 is just such a car. In fact, considering Audi’s targeted approach as a new-money luxury brand, it’s surprising that the A7 wasn’t the jumping off point for the segment. Instead, it was the CLS, a surprise considering Mercedes is perhaps the most traditional of luxury brands.

A FLAGSHIP FOR DESIGN

As is obvious from the A7, this new challenge to the old luxury stalwarts is a result of design. Head-on it’s nearly identical to the A8 with the imposing front grille and LED daytime running lights. Noticeably large, its dimensions are slightly smaller being 1.5-inches thinner and lower to the ground. Its profile is dramatically different, however, with a sloped coupe-styled roof, while its rear end mimics that of the A5. With standard 18-inch wheels, added road presence comes with optional 19s or 20s. There’s even a rear spoiler hidden into the back that pops up automatically at speeds of over 80 mph, and retracts back at 50 mph.

Six inches shorter in length overall, it feels massive on the road, though not in the way you might think. Yes, the volume of air it takes up is significant, but thanks to a light chassis shared with the A8, it feels quite nimble to drive.

Assisting in that feeling is the Audi Drive Select system, which allows a choice of drive modes. With comfort, auto and dynamic settings you can even customize your own, adjusting everything from the steering weight to throttle sensitivity and gearchange points.

Around town the A7’s steering does tend to pinch the car tight in corners, a rather unnatural feeling we’ve experienced on a few Audis. We have no complaints at higher speeds and the A7 shrinks around you.

PLENTY OF POWER

Helping to engage your fun side is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with 310 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. In this modern era where 300 hp cars are practically common, those digits may not seem overly impressive but the results are with a 0-60 sprint of just 5.4 seconds, aided by standard quattro all-wheel drive. Genuine performance junkies can also opt for the S7, powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 420 hp and a sub 5.0 second 0-60 time.
Read the complete 2012 Audi A7 Review at AutoGuide.com
AutoGuide.com is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Audi Forums > Audi News & Audi Polls > Audi News & Audi Forum News

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Audi Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome