I spent a week with Ingolstadt’s luxury business coupe and came away just a little bit infatuated.
What is it?
You already know the game the Germans play. Take an already slippery three-box saloon then liquefy its silhouette so that the roofline drops into its boot. The resultant hatchback loses a bit of headroom but gains a more stylish teardrop profile. And so, the A7 plays the A6 – seen here in S-Line guise and looking resplendent in silver.
How does it look?
Well, I’ve just told you – but good. Audi may not be leading the charge with their styling anymore but with these coupes, their design team seem to have a longer leash. It has the hallmarks, old and new such as the horizontal light bar at the rear. The massive 21-inch alloy hoops on our 55 TFSI test car have no trouble filling each gaping wheel arch ensuring the A7 looks as planted as the suspension brochure alludes. Ditto does the fiercely creased hip and shoulder lines and enlarged airdams dore and aft that seem to proclaim ‘achtung’.
What about living with it?
Dribble yourself into the leathery cocoon that is the A7’s cabin and you’ll encounter a stylish, well appointed interior. It’s a classy living space with all the kit and caboodle you could hope for with reams and reams of mod cons, safety gear plus multimedia and connectivity options. Screens? And then some! High-resolution 10.1 and 8.6-inch HD touchscreens dominate the cabin-wide dashboard. This is a plush-as-fluff panzer. One that goads the driver into action.
How does it go?
And there is some action to be had thanks to the 55 badge. Although, another German party trick is having nomenclature baring zero relation to the engines under the long bonnets. Is it a five point five litre? Hell no – rather it offers large capacity performance without the high fuel costs thanks to a turbocharged 3.0litre V6. Its good for 250kW and 500Nm, shifts via a 7-speed S-Tronic auto box sips a mere 7.1l/100km. This gives it more than enough shunt to pick up its sporty skirt and really sprint to 100kph in 5.7 seconds. It’s not an RS, it’s not even an S, save for the styling. But, Audi know how to put a dynamic suspension together and the A7 doesn’t disappoint when the road takes a squigglier shape.
Should you buy one?
The A7 55 TFSI is no bargain limo – nor does it pretend to be. That S-Line style pack alone is worth R32k on top of the base price of R1.3mil and our test car boasted a further R100k+ of hop ups. The end result is a polished, stylish Teutonic whip that can engage its driver almost as well as it spoils him or her. And it is a spoils-rich experience from its Apple Carplays to its multiple zones climate control, and its supple seating to its racy chassis. With it Audi has a car that appeals to both flashy money and smart money alike.
Quick Stats: Audi A7 55 TFSI Quattro S-Line
Price: R1.3mil base
Powertrain: 3.0l turbo V6 Quattro awd, 250kW, 500Nm, 7-speed auto
Performance: 0-100kph in 5.7 seconds, 250kph top speed, 7.1l/100km fuel consumption