High expectations can be murderous. We see it all the time – the disappointing sequel to a great movie or the forgiving sequel to a brilliant debut album in the second year. This also applies to cars. Ask every fan of the Mk2 VW Golf for his opinion about the Mk3 as proof. As humans, we may fall too easily in love with inanimate objects. When a substitute shows up and our expectations exceed his abilities, the result is a disappointment. That's a lengthy way to say that I was a bit scared when I first started the Audi A7 in 2019.
The previous A7 was a delightful car, especially if you had a long way to go and wanted to do in comfort and style. Here was an Audi that looked just as good on the outside as on the inside, thanks to its fastback body style. In the days before we knew they were emitting toxic gases, the TDI version liked to deliver 40 mpg all day. If you want something less fuel efficient but much faster, the RS7 and its rumbling twin-turbo V8 offer almost the last word in all-weather off-road capability.
I first saw the second generation A7 at the Detroit Auto Show last year. It follows the same script as before: lighter and less loaded than the A8 flagship, leaner and more driver-oriented than the mainstream A6, but still built from the same toolbox and parts container that Audi (and the rest of the Volkswagen Group) call for MLB Evo. It looks very similar to the car it replaces, but with sharper wrinkles in the panels and some funky LED matrix headlamps and LED taillights that are supposed to make it easier for you to see in the dark (and make it easier to see)) , The car is even available with a US legal version of Audi's clever laser headlights.
High speed, low air resistance?
With a length of 4,969 mm and a width of 1,908 mm, this is not a small car, but it is also not very large (1,422 mm). This gives the A7 a pretty good front end. Together with an air resistance coefficient (Cd) of 0.27, this results in a pleasantly low CdA.
Currently, the only powertrain option is a 3.0L V6 gasoline engine. The old car had a supercharged TFSI engine; The turbocharger now produces 335 hp (250 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft). You can only order it with four-wheel drive, and the only transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox from S-tronic. There will be no diesel version. All A7s are now equipped with a 48V mild hybrid system. All in all, this results in a slight improvement in fuel consumption at a combined 25 MPG (22 MPG City, 29 MPG Highway).
The flawless appearance and the 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds suggest athletic demands. The A7 is definitely more of a cruiser; Those looking for more performance in the same attractive wrapper should wait for the more powerful twin-turbo V6 S7 or twin-turbo V8, which is expected in the RS7, though none of these cars are still on sale. As a cruiser, it shines. The low-drag shape and double-pane acoustic glass with the $ 76,300 Prestige fairing provide a peaceful and serene interior. The ride quality was praised by both front-seat and rear-seat passengers when the car's electronic heads were playing on comfort mode. (Enabling dynamic mode makes it easier for you to feel things like gaps in the freeway extension as they pass underneath.)
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