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2019 Audi A7 - Driven

2019 Audi A7 - Driven

We took the Audi A7 for a spin to see if four-door coupes are still hip

In the past 20 to 25 years, automotive executives have been looking at ways to activate new areas of the public by coming up with weird niches, some more successful than others. The Audi A7 is a proud flag-bearer of the four-door coupe segment that’s managed to keep its head above the water as consumers flock to buy the latest crossover SUV. Get behind the wheel of Audi’s sleek answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLS and it’s easy to see why as this might just be one of the best models Audi currently sales Stateside.

Introduced back in 2017, the second-generation Audi A7 set about fixing just about everything that was wrong with the original luxury four-door coupe from Ingolstadt. Broadly speaking, the Germans have managed to tick all the boxes while also improving in areas that didn’t really need improving such as the design - one of Audi’s undeniable strengths despite what you may consider as an overly aggressive brand recognition strategy that ended up making all of Audi’s products look alike. Still, the A7 manages to stand out from the crowd with the single-piece rear light cluster and it looks sportier than ever, the muscular vibe given by the exterior being bolstered by its handling and performance. While not new on the market, we jumped at the opportunity of driving the A7 right away to see if there’s any wind left in the sails of this quirky niche.

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2019 Audi RS7 Sportback

2019 Audi RS7 Sportback

Will the fastest A7 go big or go home?

Audi first introduced the A7 in 2010 at the Paris Motor Sow as a sporty, yet practical iteration of the A6. U.S. models arrived for the 2012 model year, while the hot-to-trot RS7 was released in 2013 with more power, complimentary suspension and chassis upgrades, and sharper looks. Now, following the release of the second-gen A7 in October of 2017, Audi is cooking up a second generation for the RS7 as well, and it could get as much as 700 hybridized horsepower under the hood.

Updated 12/10/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Audi RS7 Sportback in its production form during cold weather testing flaunting its big oval exhaust pipes.

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2019 Audi A7

2019 Audi A7

The A7 is finally here, but it’ll only be hot for a few years..

What started as the Audi Sportback Concept in 2009 took a quick turn and morphed into the Audi A7 Sportback for 2010. It’s been seven years since the first A7 rolled into our presence and you know what that means – it’s time for the second-gen model to finally make its way into the limelight, and make its way it did as Audi looked back on its history and presented us with what is, essentially, a hatchback A8 with some serious steroid-induced muscles to go with an equally sized bad attitude. The whole package includes the wide, low grille from the A8 which is flanked on each side by evolved A8 headlights and a pair of fake vents down below. The base motivator provides the same horsepower as the outgoing model (340 ponies) but delivers a bit more torque.

The interior is also a focal point of the second-gen model as it sees a pretty serious upgrade over the previous model and borrows some cues from the A8 while at the same time pushing that A8 DNA to a serious extreme. All told, the A7 is much more attractive inside and out in comparison to the outgoing model, but it comes off a bit slower to 60 mph and carries the same limited top speed. So, if it’s performance increases that you’re looking for, you might want to check out another German manufacturer, but if you’re all about having fresh looks in a luxurious and sexy package, you’ll want to keep reading and check out the full review below.

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2017 Audi A7

2017 Audi A7

Updated for the third time since 2010

Introduced in 2010 as a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the A7 was a significant departure from Audi’s usual lineup. Essentially an A6 with a fastback-like roof and a hatchback- type tailgate, the A7 was Audi’s first liftback model since the 1970s. Praised for its appealing design and comprehensive engine lineup, which also included the V-8-powered S7 and RS7 models, the A7 became pretty popular in its niche, forcing BMW to launch its very own four-door coupe — the 6 Series Gran Coupe. Updated twice since its introduction, the A7 has received yet another upgrade for the 2017 model year.

Arguably the only luxury model to have gained no fewer than three facelifts in only six years, the A7 carries over into 2017 with new exterior paints, new wheels, and extra interior features. Styling-wise, the A7 remains unchanged, but that’s far from being an issue given that the exterior was updated in 2014.

The updated A7 lineup will go on sale in the second quarter of 2016. To find our more about the A7’s mild facelift and how the German sedan stacks against competition from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, check out the full review below.

Updated 07/18/2016: Audi dropped a new video for us in which A7’s off-road capabilities are being put to the test in the deserts of the Dubai. Hit "play" to see if it was up for the challenge.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Audi A7.

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2015 Audi A7 - Driven

2015 Audi A7 - Driven

One of my most vivid memories from traveling to Germany and taking a drive on the Autobahn was watching the left-hand lane. We cruised at a reasonable speed in my friend’s beat-up Honda Accord wagon (it was interesting being in a place where Japanese cars were universally considered to be crapcans, but that’s another story) and the faster souls would whip past on the left. And interestingly, though we were close to Stuttgart, most of them were Audis.

Oh, there’d be the occasional Porsche or BMW, and once even a SEAT, but for the most part, a casual glance at the Autobahn’s fast lane would have suggested that it was for the sole use of silver Audis. Every few seconds one would whip past, often moving so fast that there was a little air-pressure shockwave as it went: Thud. The whole drive from Heidelberg to Stuttgart was like that. Thud: silver Audi. Thud: silver Audi. Thud: silver Audi. It was like there was a cannon somewhere back there shooting Audis past us.

I’m reminded of that experience every time I get behind the wheel of an Audi — even more so with the silver 2015 Audi A7 TDI that I recently spent a week with. The curvy A7 is the personification of Audi’s high-speed luxury attitude, from the roof to the road.

Continue reading to lean more about my test drive with the Audi A7.

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2015 - 2016 Audi A7

2015 - 2016 Audi A7

2014 is a busy year for Audi, with the Germans releasing many of facelifts and updates to existing models. The first refreshed to lose its wraps is the A7, a car we’ve been keeping our eyes on since last November, when we brought the first spy shots depicting the sleek four-door sedan.

As expected, changes are bland, with only a few details changing the Audi’s exterior appearance. The interior has benefited from even less attention, with only a few new colors and inlays added. There is, however, an updated infotainment system with a new, faster processor.

The engine compartment is a bit more interesting. In here, Audi added a dozen more ponies compared to the 2014 model. There will be three diesels units and the two gasoline engines available, but not all of them will make it to the United States.

Updated 04/17/2015: Audi announced prices for the 2016 A7 — a model that continues unchanged from the previous year. Prices will range from $68,300 for the S7 Premium Plus version up to $82,900 for the S7 Prestige.

What else is new on the 2015 Audi A7? Continue reading to find out more.

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2017 - 2018 Audi A7

2017 - 2018 Audi A7

Originally created out of a need to counter-attack the rather successful Mercedes-Benz CLS "four-door coupe," the Audi A7 is arguably the best-looking five-door hatchback coupe out there, despite its more than obvious similarities with just about every other Audi model. Still, you can tell that the Ingolstadt brand went to extremes to make it as desirable as possible, with initial sales results suggesting that it went a little bit better than expected, especially considering that the A7 is still a niche automobile.

Unveiled back in 2010, the funky five-door fastback received a mid-cycle facelift in 2014, with the second generation not only being greenlighted, but its design has been already signed off by the new Audi head of design, Marc Lichte. Set to be launched sometime in 2017 as a 2018 model, the second Audi A7 will apparently get an all-new design that is supposedly much more radical than the current model.

Naturally, "radical" and "design" in the same sentence when talking about an Audi may sound like a bit of a stretch, but this is what the brand’s evangelists are saying. According to Marc Lichte, some of the visual motifs featured by the Audi Prologue Concept will find their way on the future A6, A8 and the A7, with each model apparently having its own visual identity. Not only that, but the new Audi head of design has also said that we should expect a more thorough look differentiation not only with other distinct Ingolstadt models, but between the A7, S7 and RS7 as well.

Note: Current Audi A7 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Audi A7.

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2015 Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Concept

2015 Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Concept

Audi is pushing deeper and deeper into alternative propulsion every year. Recent concepts have seen a push towards electric power with the e-tron lineup, the racing division is pushing hybrid tech with diesel engines, and of course, we have Audi’s large lineup of TDI models. Now though, we have the next step towards a gasoline-free future with the A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro. This new car is based on the sporting and attractive A7 Sportback, but instead of the standard gasoline or diesel engines that Audi sells it with, this new car comes packed with a fuel cell combined to a plug-in hybrid system.

Audi promises outstanding speed and performance, with a hydrogen-only range of more than 300 miles. A unique and capable new electric Quattro AWD system makes its debut and it should give the A7 h-tron a level of handling prowess never before seen on a hydrogen car. Once you add in the fact that the A7 is a stunning looking car with plenty of room for five people, lots of luggage space and class-leading levels of luxury and the h-tron looks like a real winner.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Concept.

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2014 Audi A7 3.0 TDI by MR Racing

2014 Audi A7 3.0 TDI by MR Racing

The A7 is a tricky car to work on because it tugs in the directions of sportiness and luxury. Trying to determine where to angle your kit is half the battle in itself. But MR Racing holds a different principle. Instead of favoring one over the other, the company prefers having a happy compromise where both style and performance benefit from its programs. That’s evident in how the aftermarket company worked on the Audi A7. MR Racing went into the build with a clear purpose in mind: it wanted to give the A7 increased styling substance to go with subtle tweaks to the its performance capabilities. Even the interior was given its own share of new digs, not the least of which is the added entertainment value of having a portable DVD player hanging from the headliner.

If I had this sleek Audi sedan in my garage, I’d be really interested in getting MR Racing to make mine exactly like this. It’s still an ’if’ at this point, but trust me, I’m working my way to get there. I just hope MR Racing can wait, say, another 15 years?

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A7 3.0 TDI By MR Racing.

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2015 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Ultra

2015 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Ultra

The trendy and gorgeous Audi A7 is receiving a facelift for 2015, and with it comes a new 3.0 TDI Ultra model that pushes the turbo-diesel to new heights of efficiency and cleanliness. Introduced in 2012 to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, the A7 was an immediate hit. Combining arguably the best styling in the segment, a sumptuous interior, and excellent performance, it’s no wonder this car was so well-received. It wasn’t just consumers who were impressed; the A7 won several awards, including the Automobile Magazine 2012 Car of the Year Award. Autoweek featured the A7 in its "Best of the Best" feature, and, in general The A7 has been at or near the top in virtually every comparison test since its arrival on the U.S. scene.

The TDI version, introduced here just this year, has also been praised. In a recent road test of the 2014 Audi A7 TDI, Car and Driver exclaimed themselves "drunk on diesel." They were particularly enamored with the TDI’s endless 428 pound-feet of torque and excellent efficiency, with a 30 mpg combined rating.

Not one to rest on its laurels, however, Audi is giving the A7 TDI a new Ultra version to help reduce consumption and emissions even more.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI ultra.

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2014 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Competition

2014 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Competition

Still relatively new, the Audi A7 Sportback rides on Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform and first drove the streets of America in 2012. That MLB platform also underpins the A4, A5, A6, A8, and even the Q5 and Porsche Macan. Needless to day, it’s a popular building block for Volkswagen vehicles. Besides its underpinnings, the A7 Sportback comes with a pair of V-6 engines. First up is the 3.0-liter TFSI supercharged gasoline engine making 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. While it’s a great engine, fans of oil-burners will love the 3.0-liter TDI turbo diesel also available in the A7. Audi’s rich history of TDI engines turns a quarter century this year, and to celebrate, the German automaker is offering the A7 Sportback TDI Competition model — a hopped-up version of the A7 TDI.

The twin-turbocharged, clean-diesel gets meatier camshafts that help generate an additional seven horsepower, bringing the total to 326 ponies. The 3.0-liter TDI enjoys a maximum torque output of 479 pound-feet between 1,400 and 2,800 rpm. These changes don’t kill the A7 Sportback’s fuel economy either, as it still returns over 38 mpg. Get hard on the throttle, however, and the TDI’s computer will temporarily increase turbo boost, squeezing another 20 horsepower out of the mill, making its maximum output 346 horses.

There are plenty of other changes around the A7 Sportback TDI Competition package besides the extra oomph. Click on past the jump for the full rundown of all the updated features and creature comforts within Audi’s latest A7 TDI.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Competition.

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2014 Audi A7

2014 Audi A7

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.

The A7 does not have this fashion coupe space all to itself. It is nearly $20,000 cheaper than the Porsche Panamera that packs the same freaky hatchback luxury charm. The A7 also takes aim at the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Shooting Brake and the BMW 650i Gran Coupe, making this one big German party.

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.

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2013 Audi A6 and A7 Black Edition

2013 Audi A6 and A7 Black Edition

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.

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2013 Audi A7 by H&R Springs

2013 Audi A7 by H&R Springs

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.

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