Audi A7 2018

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Testing the new 2018 Audi A7 the flat one

With the A7 Sportback Audi is launching the flatter version of the A8. Despite the same technology the luxury models differ greatly - especially when driving.

Audi A7

The Audi A7: 

Flowing beautiful. With the second generation, the A7 has found its way. Thanks to a new radiator grille and stinging headlights, the car can now be distinguished from other Audi models.

That's what the manufacturer says: "The best of three worlds" - this is how Project Manager Stefan Einsle describes the essence of the A7. Add to the elegance of a coupe and the space of a sedan on the A7 nor the variability of a station wagon. A certain nonchalance also resonates. While the Audi A8, which is based on the same platform, is comparatively strict and formal, Einsle calls the A7 a Gran Turismo, in which driving may once again be an end in itself.

We noticed that: where is the best place? Front left or right rear? Behind the wheel, of course.

There you can see most clearly how easy the stately car cruises on the highway, how much easier it feels than an A8 and how relaxed it can be to plan a detour away from the highway. Although missing the A7, the 48-volt actuator in the suspension, with which the A8 is equipped and bracing itself against the centrifugal force and other laws of driving physics. But with a well-balanced steel or air spring, a full-haul four-wheel drive and a rear-axle steering with the largest impact ever (up to six degrees), the A7 feels lighter and handier than it actually is. The steering rear axle reduced approximately

Turning circle by more than a meter. And with 1890 kilos of weight, the A7 is one hundredweight lighter than the A8.

After the A8, the A7 is the second Audi model with a new generation of cockpit and control system. Instead of switches and buttons, there are almost only touchscreens and sensor fields. Even the hazard warning lights are hidden behind black glossy glass and the light switch has also become a touch-sensitive screen. Unlike most competitors, Audi does not force the driver into an unfeeling prisoner, but acknowledges each entry with a gentle click and a tingling sensation in his fingertips. This is practical sensuality - and on top of that a guarantee for accurate operation.

The sense of touch is flattered, the hearing in the A7 is spared. If you do not buy the expensive B & O equipment or at least turn on the radio, there is silence on board. Switchable engine mounts, as they are known from Porsche, a stiffer connection of the chassis in the front and rear and double-glazed windows push the noise level in the A7 despite the frameless doors to a record-breaking level. The A7 becomes an oasis of peace.

You have to know: The sale of the A7 starts in March and the prices start first at 67,800 euros for the 55 TFSI with a three-liter V6 petrol engine (340 hp) or 66,500 euros for the TDI 50, of a V6 with also three liters of displacement and a power of 286 hp is driven. This makes it 24,000 euros cheaper than the A8 and also a reference for the next A6, which will be unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show and rounds off the new luxury family of Audi.

Both engines easily make Tempo 250 and are compared to the performance data and the format of the car with standard values ​​of 6.8 and 5.5 liters comparatively economical. This is not least due to the new starter generator with 48-volt technology and a buffer tank with lithium-ion cells. Although the Mildhybrid system does not allow purely electric driving, it helps the A7 to sail with the engine off, providing longer and more comfortable start-stop phases and more effective recuperation. "All in all, this saves up to 0.7 liters of fuel in everyday life," says Project Manager Einsle, praising the A7 as the second Audi model with a continuously electrified engine range. All other units will also receive this technique. And that could be a lot, the Audi people suggest: An S7 or RS7 are set, as well as more six-and cheaper four-cylinder. Only the plug-in hybrid drive and the W12 engine remain reserved for the A8.

Whether the A7 is elegant as a coupe, lies in the eye of the beholder. And even if he is undoubtedly the most spacious car of its kind, project manager Einsle may well be a bit full with the promise of limousine space. But at least the matter with the variability of a station wagon is right. Because the flap of the A7 extends to the roof and is thus larger than any standard station wagon. With at least 535 liters of baggage volume, it can actually accommodate the coupe sedan with many loaders.

We will not forget that: The spectacular staging of headlights and taillights for a welcome and farewell. If you really should overlook the A7 during the day, it will finally become an eye-catcher, at least in the dark.

Manufacturer: Audi
Type: A7 55 TFSI
Body: Limousine
Engine: V6 petrol direct injection with turbo
Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Drive: four-wheel
Displacement: 2,995 cc
Power: 340 hp (250 kW)
Torque: 500 Nm
From 0 to 100: 5.3 s
Maximum speed: 250 km / h
Consumption (ECE): 6.8 liters
CO2 emissions: 154 g / km
Trunk: 535 liters
Weight: 1,890 kg
Dimensions: 4969/1908/1422
Price: 67,800 EUR

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