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2012 Audi A7 3.0 TFSI Quattro Prestige Review & Test Drive 7
Oct
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in audi, Audi A7, Audi A7 Sportback, Automotive, featured, Test Drives on 10 7th, 2011

Audi continues to inject the automotive market with fresh products redefining their ultimate goal to dominate the luxury segment. With the introduction of an all-new 2012 A7, Audi cleverly introduces a vehicle to fit into both the wagon and luxury sports-sedan market and they do it well.

I had the chance to spend a full week in the new 2012 Audi A7 getting a true feel for what Audi pits against other coupe-like styled sedans such as the Benz CLS. Having the latest generation of Audi’s powerplants and proven Quattro all-wheel-drive technology, the new A7 drives like a vehicle much smaller and more powerful than the stats would represent on paper.

For its first year, the new 2012 Audi A7 bridges a gap between the A6 and full-size A8 incorporating a functional opening rear hatch. The low roofline and doors without a window frame give the A7 more or a stylish coupe aesthetic without compromising the interior space expected from a mid-sized luxury sedan.

The interior is truly laced with luxury all around. It features a special film on the windshield, microfiber trimmed panels, hydraulic damping elements on the axles, and a 0.30 coefficient of drag which all aid to provide a serene and quite cabin.

The copious use of aluminum throughout the new A7 contributes to weight savings without sacrificing rigidity. The doors, front fenders, hood and rear hatch are all composed of aluminum. Together, with a hybrid aluminum metal and high-end steel construction for the body, the A7’s body weighs 15% less than a comparable all-steel body would.

The front and rear seating areas are comfortable enough for tall adults where the rear passengers get to enjoy their own climate setting via the A7’s 3-zone automatic climate control system (two zones up front and one in the rear). The ambiance of the interior is taken a step further with adjustable white LED interior lighting and an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system. My test vehicle was equipped with the 14-speaker Bose sound system which sounds well enough to please the middle-weight audiophile.

Techies will love the gadgetry in the all-new Audi A7 from the hard-drive based navigation system utilizing Google mapping technology to the Wi-Fi hotspot integration using 3G cellular data speeds. The Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity allows up to 8 devices enabling users to surf the web, check emails or even view/download videos.

The Google Earth mapping technology is simply astonishing giving the driver and passenger a true satellite ground representation of your position or destinations. This comes quite in handy in the event that you are referencing areas or points of interests in an unfamiliar place.  Even the Google Local search integration (light internet connectivity) via the 8-inch high-resolution pop-up LCD screen gives the driver or passenger updates for news, traffic, weather and gas prices.

Audi’s MMI (Multimedia Interface) system is truly state-of-the-art leading the competition in vehicle integration of entertainment, accessibility and vehicle controls. Most vehicle controls and functions are within a touch of a single button and turn of the scroll wheel. Even an integrated touchpad allows you to navigate functions dependent on the specific menu or mode you are in. When compared to vehicle user interfaces found in other luxury brands, the Audi’s MMI system is comparable with a slight edge on user friendliness. Some may agree that the Audi MMI is much easier to use than any of BMW’s iDrive iterations.

Audi’s trademark LED daytime running lights glow in the day and night making the front of the new A7 unmistakably an Audi. A total of 18 LED lights make up the signature running lights while another set of 11 amber colored LEDs blink for the turn signals and 2 separate units makeup the optional LED headlights. Directional side LED lights illuminate depending on the steering wheel’s angle on A7’s equipped with the adaptive lighting system. Taillights get full LED illumination with integrated rear fog lights.

Powering the all-new A7 is Audi’s all-aluminum 3.0-liter TFSI turbocharged V6 engine pumping out 310 horsepower and 325 pounds-feet of torque between 2900 and 4500 rpm. Despite tipping the scale at just over 4,200 pounds, the new A7 is no slouch making a dash to 60mph from a standstill in just 5.4 seconds. Much of the A7’s performance abilities are due to the turbocharged V6 engine working in perfect harmony with the advanced 8-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive. It is almost a match made in heaven especially when you are able to get an EPA estimated 18mpg city and 28mpg highway.

Driving the all-new 2012 Audi A7 gives the driver assurance at virtually any legal speed. Putting your right-foot down outside of the realm of legal speeds hardly ever constitutes any additional worry on the drivers part because the A7 is always surefooted and well dampened. Most of the my A7 test vehicle’s added agility was due to the optional sport tuned suspension lowering the vehicle about 0.39in from standard height and a larger wheel/tire combination. My A7 test vehicle was optioned out with the larger and rather stylish 20×9 inch wheels wrapped in 20-inch summer performance tires. The A7 gets 18×8 inch cast aluminum seven-spoke wheels as standard.

An integrated power rear spoiler is not just for show but acts as a functional mechanism automatically rising at speeds of 80mph or more for added stability. You may also manually raise the rear spoiler via a dashboard button.

Storage in the all-new Audi A7 is ample allowing you haul large objects just like you would in a mid-sized SUV. The power rear hatch comes in handy during those times that you have your hands full. I was able to fit an 8-foot tall wood 4×4 into the A7, which frankly took me by surprise. The A7 could easily be an excellent replacement for a gas-guzzling SUV. Not to mention, the added posh styling of the A7 would be another reason to leave your SUV in the garage or on the lot.

Safety has always been a primary focus for Audi and the all-new A7 continues to converge on several safety aspects for their passenger vehicles and pedestrians. An adaptive restraint system acts in conjunction with the Audi pre-sense safety system to manage airbags and seatbelt force limiters based on the height of the drive and front passenger. Optional night vision, knee airbags, outside rear seat airbags, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and Audi side assist (blind spot monitoring) all add to the over-all safety of the new A7.

My test 2012 Audi A7 came with the Prestige package, which includes 20 inch wheels/tires, front/rear parking sensors w/ rearview camera, 4-zone climate control, rear heated seats, front heated/cooled seats and Audi’s navigation plus with MMI touch. Loaded up in this configuration ads to the Base A7’s $59,250 price bringing it to $68,630.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base A7 $59,250.00 /As-Tested $68,630.00 including destination charge
  • Engine: 3.0-liter Supercharged V6 310 horsepower @ 5500 rpm / 325 ft-lbs. torque @ 2900 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
  • Headroom: f/r-36.9/36.6
  • Legroom: 41.3/37in.
  • Turning circle: 39ft.
  • Curb weight: 4,210lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds
  • EPA mileage specs: 18mpg/city, 28mpg/highway


2011 Audi A7 Sportback Revealed in Munich 27
Jul
Posted by Larry in audi, Audi A7, Audi A7 Sportback, Automotive, featured, News on 07 27th, 2010

It seems to be a whole new segment of automobiles that every luxury car manufacturer has to fill first. That is the segment of humpback ‘sportback’ vehicles including the new Porsche Panamera, BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo, Aston Martin Rapide and now the Audi A7 Sportback which was officially revealed in Munic yesterday.

Many of you have already seen photos of the upcoming 2011 Audi A7 Sportback and have voiced your opinion either in a negative way or positive in hopes that the sportback segment has a future.

The new 2011 Audi A7 Sportback will feature that now-classic Audi styling that we have been forced to become use to in the form of a line of LED day-time running lamps and a front fascia that you cannot mistake for any other auto manufacturer. Inside you will get an onslaught of Audi amenities including the new MMI Touch infotainment interface taking driver interaction to the next level similar to that of the Audi A8.

Current powertrain offering details are not many leaving us in a guessing game. We already know about the 4 different V6 offerings two being diesel. The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 from the S4, S5 and A6 should make for a nice setup especially when mated to the 7-speed S-tronic transmission. Electric power steering is also incorporated in the A7 Sportback which is something you must try before you buy.

North American release information has not been provided yet.






2011 Audi A7 Sportback Press Release

The Audi A7 – elegance and efficiency

INGOLSTADT, Germany, Jul 26, 2010 – Summary

Aesthetic and athletic –
the Audi A7 Sportback

Emotion-packed design, sporty character and innovative technology: Audi is targeting a new market segment with the A7 Sportback. The large five-door model with the dynamically accentuated rear end brings together the best of three worlds: the sporty elegance of a coupe, the comfort of a sedan and the practicality of a station wagon.

The A7 Sportback is pure high-tech. Its body is very lightweight thanks to numerous aluminum components. The elegant interior shows a craftsman’s level of workmanship. The four V6 engines combine refined power with groundbreaking efficiency. The 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) and multitronic has CO2 emissions of just 139 grams per kilometer (223.70 g/mile). The sporty chassis comes with new solutions, such as electromechanical power steering. When it comes to assistance and infotainment systems, the luxury-class coupe exhibits all of the innovative power expected of Audi.

The five-door coupe from Audi combines supreme, long-distance comfort with a sporty character. The interior noise level is very low even at fast highway speeds, with the V6 engines providing refined acoustic feedback as their power unfolds.

The excellent vibrational comfort likewise contributes to the atmosphere of cultured tranquility on board. This is the result of painstakingly tuning all components, systematic hydraulic damping in the axle and drivetrain bearings and the extremely stiff body. The body is comprised primarily of aluminum and high-tech steels, making it extremely lightweight and safe. The large rear hatch opens wide to reveal a large, extremely usable luggage compartment that is very easy to load. Its 535-liter (18.89 cu ft) capacity swells to a volume of 1,390 liters (49.09 cu ft) with the rear seat backrests folded down.

With the A7 Sportback, which will be rolling into dealerships in the fall at a base price of €51,600, Audi is taking up a new design line representing elegance on a grand scale. The five-door coupe is 4.97 meters (16.31 ft) long and 1.91 meters (6.27 ft) wide, but only 1.42 meters (4.66 ft) high. Its long hood, the short front overhang, the long wheelbase, the sportily flowing C-pillars and the sharply dropping rear create a dynamic overall impression. The five-door coupe is an aesthetic athlete with a wide, powerful road stance.

Optional LED headlights reinforce the unmistakable expression of the A7 Sportback and provide all light functions with light-emitting diodes while minimizing energy consumption. Bi-xenon headlights and LED tail lights come standard. The innovative all-weather light function has also been integrated into the headlights, replacing the classic fog lights.

The sinewy sportiness of the exterior carries over into the interior of the A7 Sportback, where Audi again demonstrates its leading role in automotive design. The salient element is the “wrap-around,” a horizontal line that encircles the driver and front-seat passenger in the interior to provide a feeling of safety and security. The wave-shaped application strip with its integrative dynamics is the salient element of the dashboard.

The utmost care has been devoted to every last detail in the interior. Workmanship is at a craftsman’s level. Optional climate-control and massage functions are available for the front seats covered in high-grade Audi leathers. The optional ambient lighting fills the entire interior with atmosphere.

Like Audi’s A8 flagship, the A7 Sportback also combines a new level of technical intelligence with logical, intuitive ergonomics and self-explanatory operation. The advanced MMI operating system with central menu button and reduced number of buttons comes standard, while one of the options is a new head-up display that projects the most important information on the windshield. The MMI touch system combines a hard drive navigation system with the convenience of touchpad input.

The driver can use the touchpad to perform numerous functions, such as using his or her finger to write the letters of the destination or the digits of the telephone number.

The online services work together with Google to connect the five-door Audi coupe to the Internet via the Bluetooth car phone. A UMTS module delivers images and information from Google Earth to the monitor and combines them with the navigation route. A WLAN hotspot is used to connect mobile devices. Further to the Bose sound system, the top-of-the-line option is the Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen featuring 1,300 watts of power and
15 speakers.

The top navigation system works closely together with the many optional driver assistance and safety systems in the A7 Sportback. It forwards the route data to the control units for the headlights, the automatic transmission and the adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, enabling these systems to recognize complex scenarios. In many cases, the Audi pre sense safety system can reduce the severity of accidents and their consequences. The new Audi active lane assist helps the driver to keep the A7 Sportback firmly on course, and the new park assist system relieves the driver of the chore of steering when parallel parking.

Audi will initially offer the A7 Sportback with a choice of four powerful and cultivated V6 engines: two gasoline and two TDI units. Their power output ranges from 150 kW (204 hp) to 220 kW (300 hp), and their efficiency sets impressive new standards in the vehicle class. The new 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) and multitronic consumes on average just 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km
(44.38 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of just 139 g per km
(223.70 g/mile). All engines use Audi’s innovative thermal management system, a recuperation system and a start-stop system.

The standard automatic transmissions also play a role in the high efficiency of the Audi A7 Sportback. Audi offers two different transmissions depending on the engines: The continuous multitronic sends the power to the front wheels, while the sporty seven-speed S tronic works together with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The latest evolutionary stage of quattro features a crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring.

The drive system is particularly flexible and dynamic. The optional sport differential actively distributes the power between the rear wheels.

The chassis also combines sporty precision with luxurious comfort. The Audi
A7 Sportback rolls on large wheels measuring from 18 to 20 inches in diameter. The chassis features aluminum control arms and a newly developed power steering system with an electromechanical drive for high efficiency. The Audi drive select dynamics system is standard and can be supplemented by the optional adaptive air suspension with controlled damping.

[source: Audi]







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