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CAR OF THE MONTH July 2011

2012 Audi A7 Quattro

Sleek 4-Door Sports Car

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Audi A7


In short: An über-stylish 4-door sports car.

Audi A7 Quattro Review

The A7 belongs to the category of four door sports coupes. Yes, it has four doors with frameless windows and only four albeit very spacious and comfortable seats. There is a retro feel from the Audi Coupe S of the seventies with current DNA and it leads us to really like this car from its design to its layout, not to mention the powertrain.

This sporty sedan combines the cool looks and deft handling of a sports coupe with the extra size and length of a luxury sedan. Fitted with quattro all-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter supercharged TFSI V6 engine that promises V8 power, the 4-door luxury coupe may be big, but that sure isn't slowing it down.

You truly feel as if you are sitting in a GT car, low to the ground, but you get to take along a flexible mobile cargo space. It's perfect for road trips, and, despite its length, the A7 is at ease in the city. Okay, maybe not Paris or Rome, but it works on a U.S. scale. The front greets you with an even more aggressive treatment than current Audis with the distinctive LEDs acting as mascara around the headlights. The continuous shape, finishing with the fastback, gives you a taste for the allure of speed that this automobile is capable of.

An interior view of the 2012 Audi A7 Quattro

The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder of the 2012 Audi A7 Quattro

Slide into the leather-lined cockpit with wood trim and push the start/stop button to engage the supercharged yet discreet V6 engine with a full 310 hp at your disposal. It's even better when you discover the 325 lb-ft and the eight-speed [yes, 8!] Tiptronic transmission. From the upgraded MMI electronic interface, select one of the four driving modes: comfort, automatic, dynamic or individual. Recognize the Google logo at the bottom of the screen? Yes, here comes an industry first that brings real-time driver-related information. You can even turn the car into a WiFi hot spot serving up to eight devices so that passengers might access the web, download videos, read about the latest Audi racing victories, and of course, check their email.

Audi keeps adding more safety features, such as its pre sense adaptive restraint system and the likes of a night vision assistant. Our tester came with a crisp Bose surround sound system and 19" wheels as part of the Prestige package boosting the base price by a cool $6,330. As always with Audi, pairing our smartphone worked like a charm with full integration.

Overall, this 4-door luxury coupe is well built and sure-footed, ensuring comfort and safety for all sorts of cargo. We certainly got a lot of compliments driving, too.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Audi A7 Quattro

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 12-month/5,000-mile no charge first scheduled maintenance; 4-year roadside assistance coverage provided by a third party supplier


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $59,250 / As Tested: $67,430

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with FSI direct injection
Horsepower: 310 hp @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
Torque:325 lb-ft @ 2,900-4,500 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic with Tiptronic

Curb weight:
4,409 lbs
Wheelbase: 114.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 195.6/84.2/55.9 in
Turning circle: 39 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel ventilated disc brakes; ABS with brake assist; electronic brake pressure distribution; vacuum power assist
Suspension: trapezoidal-link front; five-link rear; twin-tube gas-filled shock absorbers, anti-roll bar

Traction: electronic stability control; quattro all-wheel drive

Top Speed: 130 mph (governor limited)
0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds

EPA City:
18 mpg
EPA Highway: 28 mpg

Safety:
driver and front passenger front-impact airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags; SIDEGUARD curtain airbags

Likes: style; performance; build

Dislikes: pricey with options


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