The Audi A7 is an recent addition to the four door coupe high luxury sports car segment alongside others like the Mercedes Benz CLS, Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide. The Audi A7 will be a sporty four passenger vehicle powered by a rang of direct injected V6 as well as super charged mills and DSG gearboxes and Quattro all wheel drive innovations. Like all Audi models, the high output S7 and RS7 models will follow later on in the production cycle and are expected to have a 600 HP variant of the twin turbocharged 5.2 Liter V10 under the hood.
It looks like Audi has just entered the Halloween spirit, a day letter its true, but better than ever. The company has just unveiled the A6 and A7 Black Editions, two models that combine their more emphatic styling with the most extensive equipment list in each range. Prices will range from £35,010 ($56,500) to £56,785 ($91,600).
As their name suggest the two models will be distinguished by black finish for the grille and number plate surrounds and the window frame strips, plus tinted windows. The two special editions will be offered with a new set of wheels, sized 20" for the A6 and 21" for the A7. The wheels are painted in dark titanium finish and are combined with lowered sports suspension.
For the interior the Black Edition will get sports seats upholstered in black Valcona leather, a BOSE surround sound system, DAB digital radio and the Audi Music Interface (AMI) for iPod connection.
Customers will have the possibility to choose between three engines: a 3.0-litre BiTDI unit 313, a 2.0-litre TDI unit with 177 HP and a 3.0-litre TDI with 204 HP.
A car like the Audi A7 is one of those models that’s ripe for an aftermarket project. The timing’s right, too, because the 2012 SEMA Auto Show has just opened its doors. Noted aftermarket company H&R Springs is a fixture at SEMA, and this year, they’re bringing along a number of project cars, including the A7 four-door luxury sports car.
Building impressive car projects is something the H&R Springs has made a habit of. It’s no different with this A7 after the tuning firm did the work to turn it into a bonafide, custom-tuned luxury sports sedan.
Best be advised, though. If you’re expecting something over-the-top, this model is far from it. But where it lacks in eye-popping design, it sure makes up for in improved performance and strengthened handling characteristics.
At the end of the day, those things are what’s important for H&R Springs. Leave the fancy at the door and bring the practicality out.
Find out more about H&R Springs’ program for the Audi A7 after the jump.
Audi has unveiled the new twin-turbo V6 TDI engine in UK. This engine will be used on models like the A6 sedan and the Avant, as well as the A7 Sportback models. The new models are already on sale and prices will start from £43,810 ($69,200 at the current rates) for the A6 models and from £51,645 ($81,500 at the current rates) for the A7 Sportback.
The new V6 TDI engine has been equipped with a two-stage turbocharger group that delivers a maximum boost pressure of up to 3.2 bar. This allows the engine to deliver a total of 313 HP from 3,900-4,500rpm and a peak torque of 479 lb-ft available from 1,450 to 2,800rpm.
With this amount of power, the A6 3.0 BiTDI quattro sedan will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and the Avant and A7 in 5.3 seconds. On all three models, the top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The new engine has been combined with technologies like start-stop and recuperation systems and the innovative thermal management system that quickly brings the coolant and oil up to their operating temperatures. With these additions, the fuel economy went up to an impressive 44.1mpg.
The Audi A7 Sportback was unveiled in 2010 and since then, it hasn’t really been picked up by many tuners. In the cases where a tuning company - like MTM and Senner Tuning - has taken a chance at the A7, the power upgrades for the model haven’t exactly been as breathtaking as the recent package conceived by B&B.
The B&B tuning package is based on the 3.0-liter V6 TFSI version of the Audi A7 and includes three different engine stages. In Stage One, the V6 engine is tuned to deliver 380 HP and361 lb-ft of torque, while Stage Two takes the standard 296 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque up to 402 HP and 383 lb-ft of torque. Anyone wanting to pack a bigger punch can opt for Stage Three which includes a high-flow air filter, an optimized intercooler, and a sport exhaust system that will increase the engine power to 419 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque.
With the Audi A7’s new-found power, B&B probably didn’t feel the need to jazz up the exterior or interior. The only additions they made, aside from the engine upgrades, are front fender vents, a lowered suspension, and a new set of 19" to 21" inch alloy wheels.
We don’t usually associate Playboy with cars, unless scantily clad women were somehow involved, but the American men’s magazine has just unveiled the top 11 hottest models people should buy in 2012. Now guys can really say they are picking up Playboy’s latest issue for the articles!
When you’re in the middle of choosing your next automotive purchase, it’s always nice to have a wide range of choices for a certain model that has caught your eye. Every automaker has made it a point to offer customers more than just one version for a specific model, including Audi, which recently unveiled a special edition ’S’ version for their high-end luxury car, the A7 Sportback.
Adding to the already impressive list of features that come with the A7 Sportback, the S Limited Edition model takes the reins to provide a number of new elements to go with the standard equipment.
For the exterior set-up, the new features that are part of the A7 Sportback S Limited Ediiton include a new S-line sports suspension, redesigned bumpers, a new rear spoiler, chromed exhaust tailpipes, and a new set of 19" alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the luxury car’s interior also gets a nice dress-up in the form of a new black interior trim with aluminum trim accents, new sports seats with Valcona leather, an electrically adjustable lumbar support, a three-spoke multi-function sports steering wheel with shift paddles, automatic climate control, ambient lighting, Audi parking Plus, MMI navigation, and a new anti-theft alarm.
Under its hood, the A7 Sportback S Limited Edition will carry the same powertrain options as that of the rest of the A7 family, including the top-of-the-line 3.0-liter TFSI engine that produces 300 horsepower and 325 lb/ft of torque.
For now, the A7 Sportback S Limited Edition is only available in the Netherlands for an additional price of €11,200 ($15,430) to be added to the standard A7’s price tag.
German tuner, MTM, has unveiled a new tuning package for the Audi A7 3.0 TDI Quattro. The package includes a new suspension system, new wheels and an impressive engine update - offered in two different levels. First deliveries will be made at the end of August 2011.
In its standard version, Audi’s 3.0 liter delivers a total of 245 HP and a peak torque of 368 lbs-ft. MTM, however, has found a solution to improve the engine’s total output with two different levels of updates. In the first package the output has been increased to 285 HP and 427 lb-ft and the second sees an increase to 300 hp and 442 lbs-ft of torque. Both updates take only 90 minutes and include an M-Cantronic system, an updated control unit, and a perfectly adjusted exhaust system with four 89mm tail pipes. This is a visible sign that an MTM diesel is expected rather on the fast lane than on the slow lane. Top speed has been increased to 163 mph.
A new suspension is currently being tested and will soon be available for active operation. The tuner is offering a new set of wheels, size 20" in combination with 20mm or 30mm wheel spacers as part of the MTM product range.
Ever since its official launch, the most important update packages for the Audi A7 have come from MTM and Abt Sportsline. Now, Senner Tuning is getting into the game with their new tuning kit for the entry level sports car sporting a diesel engine.
The 3.0 liter V6 TDI found in the Audi A7 diesel variant has been tricked to deliver a total of 306 HP and a peak torque of 457 lbs-ft (up from the standard 245 HP and 368 lbs-ft). Top speed has also been increased to 174 mph. The engine has been combined with a stainless steel exhaust system with twin 90 mm (3.5 inch) tailpipes.
The 61 HP jump for the Senner A7 necessitates a tweak for the handling as well, so Senner Tuning threw on a new set of Varianza T1S wheels, size 9.5x20", wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta tires, size 275/35R20. These tires were then combined with a 30mm lowering of the chassis with air suspension to improve the car’s agility.
Audi is preparing a strong offensive line in hopes of achieving greatness in the sports car market. In the upcoming months, the company plans to reveal four new sports sedans to complete their all-star team.
The first teammate will be the S8, which will be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. The S8 will feature a new 4.0 liter, twin-turbo V8 engine developed in cooperation with Bentley. This new engine will deliver a total of 493 HP - an increase of about 50 HP over the current S8 model - but will also have a fuel improvement of about 20%. The engine will be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive system.
About two months after the S8 has its time in the spotlight, Audi will present the S6 and the S7 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The two models will also get the new 4.0 liter V8 engine with an output of 434 HP in the S6 and 464 HP in the S7.
The true all-star on this team, however, will be the RS6. It will also get the 4.0 liter, twin-turbo V8 engine, but with tweaks to increase the power to an impressive 572 HP. The bad news, though, is that Audi will be saving the best for last and we won’t get to see the Audi RS6 until late 2012. The BMW M5 will be able to enjoy its lead in the rankings until then.
Audi’s next logical step after the A7 luxury sedan is to bring out its S7 version. The S7 has already been caught testing, and judging by the fact there is no camouflage on it, we should expect to see a production version in the next few weeks. Further down the line - at the Frankfurt Auto Show - Audi will display the new model next to the S6 and the S8.
Compared to the standard A7, the S7 will be distinguished by larger alloy wheels and bigger brakes, a sportier front bumper with larger air intakes, and quad exhaust pipes. The model will also get a sports suspension. Under the hood, there will be a new 4.0-liter V8 engine, that will also be used for the new Bentley Continental GT. It’s still unclear whether we’ll be receiving a single-turbo 440bhp or a twin-turbocharged 555bhp version, but either way, we expect very impressive performance numbers from the new S7.