Description: The all-new 2012 Audi A7 is a design icon, with technology to match its emotional styling. The A7 combines prestige, sportiness and functionality into a five-door coupe with seating for four. Through its emotion-evoking exterior and interior design as well as industry-first technology, the Audi A7 is sure to continue to attract new customers to the Audi brand.
The all-aluminum Audi 3.0 liter TFSI® V6 engine benefits from the combination of FSI direct injection and supercharging to create impressive torque generated over a wide range, making full power usable at any speed. FSI combined with supercharging allows Audi to achieve V8 power and torque with the efficiency of a V6. The supercharged V6 makes 310 hp @ 5500 - 6500 rpm and 325 lb-ft of torque at 2900 - 4500 rpm. Fuel economy is estimated at 18 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Well-balanced suspension provides comfort and performance
Excellent fuel efficiency, especially on the highway
Gorgeous, distinctive exterior design
Tons of available technology
Annoying dashboard squeak
Rear legroom a bit cramped
Need to order the Sport Package for paddle shifters and sport suspension
Verdict: Most likely the A7 will compete against other mid-size luxury sedans, against which it should compare very well. With a base price of just over $60k the A7 isn't exactly cheap, and for that amount of money you can get a well appointed E class or Jaguar XF, each of which comes with a more powerful V8 engine. Still, the A7 offers more practicality, better fuel efficiency, cutting edge technology, and exquisite exterior design. In a crowded field of excellent but rather similar luxury sedans, that makes the A7 uniquely brilliant.