The new 2017 Audi A7 has enjoyed quite an impressive run in the segment ever since it was introduced six years ago as a direct rival to the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The exterior design was a radical departure from Audi’s usual lineup. It was basically a 2017 BMW A6 but with a hatchback-type-tailgate and a fastback-like roof.
The A7 became very popular in its niche owing to the fact that it came with an appealing design, advanced safety features, and an array of engines that also included the V8 engine. In fact, it forced BMW to introduce the 6 Series Gran Coupe. But even with solid rivals nipping its heels, the Audi A7 has managed to wade through the muddy waters of the competition to emerge one of the most sought after premium hatchback.
Some of the reasons that continue to make the new Audi A7 a compelling choice include an impressive fuel economy, top-notch interior materials, and plenty of standard features for the money. On the flipside though, the rear seat space is limited especially for taller passengers. But if you can manage to get past the backseat space foible, you can rest assured that the Audi A7 is a fine choice.
Under the hood of the 2017 Audi A7 Sportback is a powerful 325-horsepower – generating supercharged 3.0L V6 engine that enables the A7 hit 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and go ahead to reach a top speed of 130 mph. Despite the engine mighty power, the fuel economy ratings for highway cruising stands at 30 mpg – how’s that even possible! Those who’re probably unmoved by such a “meagre” power of the V6 can opt for the Audi S7, which comes with a brawny V8 engine rated at 450 horsepower. Still not enough? Guess what: there’s the Audi RS7 and the Audi RS7 Performance models that send a whopping 560- and 605 horsepower to the wheels. There’re other engines provided albeit not bound for North America.
Interestingly, the 2017 Audi A7 isn’t the only vehicle in its class that gets substantial changes and redesigns, others include the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz CLS. Let’s take a moment and ponder a bit about the Gran Coupe. Just like the model under review, the 6 Series Gran Coupe also hasn’t been in the market for a long time, having only been launched in 2011.
It comes with two trims: BMW 640i and BMW 650i. The least powerful model gets a 3.0L inline-six engine capable of cranking out 315 horsepower – a bit less power than that of the A7. Also, it is competitively priced at just the same price as the A7 – $79,500. It’ll be interesting to see how the two outdo each other once available.
2017 Audi A7 Release Date & Price
Here’re the pricing details according to Audi: Audi A7 Prestige – $71,350, Audi A7 Premium Plus – $68,800, and the Audi A7 Competition – $76,550. The high-performance Audi S7 Premium Plus will go for sale for $79,900. Lease deals are also available. As for the release date, expect it sometime in the 1st Q of 2017 – so says Audi.
2017 Audi A7 Exterior
The exterior remains unchanged over that of the previous model – and which we have no qualms with given the excellence of the design language. But even with a superb exterior, BMW still went ahead to add three new colors and new alloy wheel designs. The hotter RS7 and the S7 also get new color additions. The colors in question include Glacier White, Sepang Blue, and Nardo Grey.
2017 Audi A7 Interior Pictures
The interior got most of the juicier details unlike the exterior. Don’t however expect new upholstery colors and leather options. Additional convenience, entertainment, and smartphone app integration features were added. To wit, expect electric lumbar adjustment, front seats heating, interior LED lighting, inductive charging, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Three trims are available for the 2017 Audi A7: Competition, Prestige, and Premium Plus.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 6.7 in. (114.7 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 4.2 in. (196.2 in.)
Width: 75.2 in
Passenger volume: 94 cu ft
Cargo volume: 25 cu ft
Curb weight: 424 lb
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 5.2 sec
MPG: 25/38 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black, Cuvee Silver Metallic, Dakota Gray Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Havanna Black Metallic, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Ibis White…
Towing Capacity: N/A
As previously mentioned, the new model will come with a supercharged 3.0L V6 engine rated at 333 horsepower and 325 lbs. ft. of torque. 0-60 mph takes 5.2 seconds, while the top speed stands at 130 mph. depending on the trim, the Quattro is either default or optional.
Numerous safety features are available, making the Audi A7 one of the safest luxury cars out there. Some of the safety technologies include power locking system, safety belt reminder, passenger dual-stage airbags, knee airbags, brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, and antilock disc system. NHTSA is yet to offer results for Audi A7’s crash impact safety protection. Results will be offered on its release date.
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