Over the last decade, the "four-door coupe" has became a popular concept in the world of high-priced executive cars. The term itself is a bit of an oxymoron: After all, doesn't the word "coupe" mean two doors in automotive lingo? Yes, and no. Aside from door count, coupes embody a sporty pedigree with a lower stance, more steeply raked windshield angles, and more performance-oriented attributes than their sedan counterparts.
Audi is among the automakers that doesn't think this sort of style and fun should be limited to customers who choose to forgo four doors. Hence, the beautiful A7.
What's new for 2014
Except for the addition of a turbo-diesel model, the 2014 Audi A7 is largely the same car as the 2013 model. Voice-activated navigation and 19-inch wheels are now standard.
Audi has outdone itself with the look of the A7 -- it is a stunning automobile inside and out. A menacing headlight angle combines with Audi's trademark grill to create an aggressive, muscular demeanor, while the teardrop shape of the side windows and tapering roofline accentuate the A7's sportiness.
Inside, the A7 is all class, with plush leather, understated chrome accents and well-placed wood trim. In true coupe form, the console and dashboard are driver-centric, and the driving position is lower than a typical sedan. The interior is adorned with the latest in technology and comfort features worthy of the A7's executive price tag. Three-zone climate control, HD radio with a 10-speaker sound system, navigation and Audi Connect voice activation contribute to a luxurious and modern driving experience.
Under the Hood
The Audi A7 lives up to its sporty appearance with a 3-liter supercharged V6 producing 310 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
New for 2014, the A7's TDI trim level comes with a 3-liter turbo-diesel engine mated to the same eight-speed transmission. Expect better fuel economy over the gas engine, at the expense of some muscle.
Although the standard engine's 310 horsepower rating is far from remarkable, the A7's has a light-for-its-size 4,167 pound curb weight and dashes to 60 mph in a brisk 5.2 seconds. Meanwhile, the TDI's Turbodiesel offers almost hybrid-like fuel economy at 24 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.
2014 marks the first year of the TDI trim level available for the A7. Expect all the amenities of the standard A7 with a fuel-economic 3.0L turbocharged diesel powerplant. The TDI A7 is not performance-oriented -- the diesel, although somewhat torque-y, does not offer the same excitement as its supercharged gas-powered counterpart. . The diesel wins the gas mileage battle, offering 24 city, 38 highway mpg; very impressive for a car of that size. Standard features include 19-inch wheels, Xenon headlamps, LED tail lights, rear camera with park assist, 10-speaker sound system with HD radio, navigation with Audi Connect voice activation, Bluetooth, keyless start and three-zone automatic climate control. Available options include 20-inch wheels, heated rear seats and a BOSE noise-compensation sound system.
The 2014 Audi A7 comes standard with a 310 horsepower 3.0L Supercharged V6 and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Although the automatic is shiftable, the lack of paddle shifters on the steering wheel subtract from the sporty feel slightly. While the standard features are identical to the TDI Premium Plus A7, the starting price sits a few thousand lower than the diesel. Expect the starting price tag of mid the 60's to climb north of $70,000 with added features and options.
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