2018 A7 New Car Test Drive
The Audi A7, a luxurious four-door hatch, flaunts a shapely, sloped roofline. Based on the midsize A6 sedan, the A7 echoes a trend of luxury sedans with coupe profiles established by BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Introduced as a 2010 model, Audi's fashionable four-door A7 and S7 earned a facelift for the 2015 season.
For the 2018 model year, the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine gains 7 horsepower to 333 hp. A new A7 Competition model boasts some distinct styling touches in black and red, plus a firmer suspension and slight boost in horsepower to 340. For 2018, wheels have been restyled for S7 and RS 7 models, and the RS 7 gets a new exhaust setup.
As before, A7 comes standard with quattro all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission, in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. Audi S7 continues, along with the near-supercar RS 7.
The Audi A7 comes with a supercharged V6 developing 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
The S7 gets a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, generating 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet.
The RS 7 elevates V8 output to 560 horsepower and 518 pound-feet. Topping the scale is the RS 7 Performance edition, with its V8 unleashing a startling 605 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. In standard tune, the RS 7 achieves 0-60 mph acceleration in just 3.7 seconds.
In addition to its dapper profile, the A7 provides an appealing blend of ride and handling. Audi has long been known for adoption of technology. Each trim level is well-equipped, and the hatchback configuration promises valuable utility. Not many cars match the A7 in ability to transport four passengers in congenial comfort, though back-seat space is limited by the roof shape.
A broad range of safety technology is available, much of it optional. Standard equipment includes a rearview camera, front/rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and Bluetooth connectivity. An optional Driver Assistance Plus package includes corner-view cameras, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, and automatic high-beam headlights. Another option package includes Night Vision assistance that can detect animals and humans.
A7 Premium Plus ($69,700) has a supercharged 3.0-liter V6, all-wheel drive, heated power front seats, leather seat upholstery, four-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, moonroof, navigation with voice control, power liftgate, and 19-inch alloy wheels (Prices are MSRP and do not include $975 destination charge.) A7 Prestige ($72,400) adds a head-up display, corner-view camera, power door closers, and 630-watt Bose audio.
A7 Competition includes sports suspension, specially tuned rear differential, matte-finish Titanium 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, four-passenger seating, and distinctive styling touches.
S7 Premium Plus ($81,200) has a 450-horsepower twin-turbo V8, plus adaptive air suspension, Valcona leather seats, four-seat configuration, and 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio. S7 Prestige ($83,150) is upgraded similarly to A7 Prestige.
RS 7 ($113,900) contains the 560-horsepower V8, an adaptive air suspension, sport differential, honeycomb-stitched Valcona leather, and navigation with voice control. RS 7 Performance ($130,700) raises V8 output to 605 horsepower.