2016 Audi A7 Driving Impressions

The Audi A7 TDI model uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It makes 240 horsepower and a gigantic 428 pound-feet of torque that delivers quick acceleration: 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. On top of that, you get green: 24/38 mpg City/Highway, for 29 Combined EPA miles per gallon.

The racier engine, the 3.0-liter supercharged V6, makes 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Its mileage is 20/30 City/Highway, 24 mpg Combined.

The handling of the A7 is quick, almost nimble, even with its size. It feels well balanced, unlike the Audi of old, back when they felt nose-heavy. Its Quattro all-wheel drive adds to grip and cornering when the car is pushed. Meanwhile, the ride is very comfortable.

Sports sedan shoppers will go for the S7, with its twin turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine and 450 horsepower with 406 pound-feet of torque. The exhaust note is magnificent. The S7 comes with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters that changes gears very fast, but is smooth and tractable at everyday, civilized speeds. The S7 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, according to Audi.

The S7 handles well for a big sedan and can be driven fast and smooth.

Fuel economy for the S7 is an EPA-estimated 17/27 mpg City/Highway, 21 mpg Combined.

If that’s not enough there’s the RS7 with 560 horsepower and neck-snapping acceleration: 0-60 in 3.7 seconds.

Handling in both the S7 and RS7 inspires confidence, despite steering that is short on feedback. They both have adaptive air suspension that helps keep the car from leaning in corners, and makes for a softer ride.

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