Daily Driver: 2016 Audi A7
EngineSC 3.0L V6
Power333 HP / 325 LB-FT
0-60 Time5.2 Seconds
Top Speed130 MPH
Curb Weight4,288 LBS
MPG20 City / 30 HWY
As Tested Price$77,725
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This A7 has got a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. It makes 333 horsepower, 325 pound-feet of torque. The MSRP starts around $69,000 when you factor in the destination charge. The one that I'm driving is right around $78,000. You look around the cabin, and you see typically nice Audi fare. It definitely feels like you're in a high-end car. Compare that to the S7, and you lose about 120 horsepower, and you add to that sticker price around $14,000. Move up to the RS7, which if you'll remember I characterized as a supercar with a hatchback, you're down way more than 200 horsepower and right around $35,000.
When you take the step down especially in power you expect that the performance is not only going to lag but might be a little bit disappointing being as I was in the fancier ones first. The truth is after all these miles, this car is really fantastic especially the RS7. It really surprised me with its ability to combine just crazy good performance with great livability, never overly harsh, not a lot of impact noises. The suspension didn't beat you up. All that is obviously true of this A7 too. You don't have that top end and maybe not all of the outright ability, but it still feels very capable and a lot of fun to drive when you want to push it. You get a powerful V6, which makes the car feel pretty damn fast. Now as I'm speeding along here, I don't get the same sort of aural enjoyment from this car as I do from the V8s. Those guys just sound crazy good especially when you're really getting into it. The V6 you really got to work at to hear even, but it's satisfying, and it just feels nice and light and powerful when you're going down the road.
I mean, really, in the final analysis, what you get with the A7 is just about everything you get with even all the way up to the RS7 on a 90 percentile case. You get the looks, you get more or less the same interior, different seats, but these seats are good. You get the same type of presence, you get performance around town, mostly the same level of performance that most people are willing to use just about everywhere. I mean, that's great because what you really end up with is a car that more people can afford, more people can enjoy, and they don't have to feel bad about it or like they're missing out at all.
What do you lose? You lose the ability to brag that you've got one of the fastest, baddest ass cars on the block certainly versus the RS7 but even the S7 is super fast, looks really cool and for the Audi faithful, for the fanboys out there, they really get a little bit more excited when they see one. You'd be excited to have it in your driveway too.
I'm happy that you tuned into watch, and we will see you soon.
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