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.
What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan ? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo ’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.
The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.
The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.
So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.
Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.
Representatives from BMW , Mercedes, Lexus , Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.
Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.
The 2014 A7 risks being overshadowed by the high-powered S7, as well as the track-ready RS7 for the first time in the United States. Buyers may quickly discover that the relatively simple and affordable A7 is the pick of the range. With all the luxury and exterior drama, via a 2014 Black Optics package and S-line trim, the A7 is no wallflower. It can also haul serious mass its huge trunk on its way to 60 mph in under 6 seconds.
The A7 is a mutant of a car in the ultra-conservative luxury sedan world. Style it all you want, but do not add a hatchback or call it a coupe. Where it starts to make sense is in the decadent fastback proportions and more than a little Lamborghini Estoque about the rear end.
The Audi seals the deal with a huge tailgate that opens to a wagon-large cargo area and rear seats that can fold down for loading antiques.
The A7 has a low roofline that is a significant 3-inch drop from the A8 above it. And while the A7 looks enormous, it is about half a foot shorter than the A8, as well.
None of these over-styled cars ever age very gracefully but the A7 is in the unenviable spot of being the oldest among this group of brand-new competitors. Don’t count out the $65,000 A7, as this battle has only just begun.
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi A7 3.0T with highlights on the new equipment and performance options.
The Audi A7 is one of the latest models added to Audi ’s lineup. It was previewed by the Sportback concept in 2009, with the production version that arrived in 2010. The top version - S7 - was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show and put on sale in early 2012.
Audi decided to add a four-door coupe to its lineup after seeing the success of the Mercedes CLS-Class . Shortly after, Porsche added the Panamera and then just recently, BMW served up the all-new 6 Series Gran Coupe for more discerning buyers.
As it is still too soon to talk about any possible updates, the S7 continues to remain unchanged for the 2014 model year, with the only new addition being an available Black Optic and bicolor package that features a black optic grille with high-gloss Single-frame surround and gloss-black window surround.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi S7.
It looks like Audi is about to make the first step into its new ’tron’ range of sustainable technologies. British magazine, AutoCar, is reporting that the company will start testing a fuel-cell-powered A7 at the end of August. It looks like the announcement was made by Audi’s technical chief, Wolfgang Dürheimer, who denied offering any other details on the model.
A fuel-cell-powered auto uses hydrogen as fuel and oxygen from the ambient air to create the energy needed to charge the battery or to drive the electric motors. If you do the molecular math, Hydrogen plus Oxygen equals water. Yup, no tailpipe emissions; just water.
In fact, for Audi this is not its first attempt in developing a fuel-cell vehicle. Back in 2009, the maker tested the Q5 HFC - an SUV that used two high-pressure cylinders of hydrogen to supply a fuel cell that powered a pair of electric motors.
Whether Audi builds a fuel-cell powered A7 or not is still a big question, considering the lack of an established hydrogen infrastructure. Even so, testing is always a good exercise.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Audi A7.
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, theA7 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.