The four-rings brand will continue its push for growth in this country by growing its lineup once again: The 2014 Audi A7 model lineup has kicked off the new selling season with two more models with two premium powertrains.
Now, it’s true that the engine in the 2014 Audi A7 itself is as impressive as the rest of the car. The 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder powerplant boasts the brand’s TSFI fuel-injection technology, and is supercharged as well, with drivers benefiting from 310 hp, 325 lb.-ft. of torque and a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. And the 2014 Audi S7 ups the ante with a similarly advanced V8 that pours out 420 horses and 406 lb.-ft. of torque—lowering its time in the 0-60 sprint to 4.5 seconds.
But the 2014 Audi RS7 shatters those numbers with a twin-turbo V8 that displaces 4.0 liters while developing 560 hp and 516 lb.-ft. of twist. With that unit under the hood it isn’t just the most powerful player on the 2014 Audi A7 roster, it’s also the most powerful RS model ever sold in the U.S. marketplace. Needless to say, it offers performance to match, too. The 2014 RS7 goes from a standing start to a mile a minute in just 3.7 seconds and is capable of 174 mph (on the track, of course).
And while it’s not likely folks will be buying Audi’s fastest five-door coupe for fuel-saving purposes, the car does offer a cylinder-deactivation system that shuts off half of the engine’s cylinders when the car is under a light load and enables EPA ratings 16 mpg city/27 mpg highway/19 mpg combined.
For drivers who do prefer taking a greener approach with the 2014 Audi A7, there’s the new TDI clean-diesel model that’s detailed on the next page.
The 2014 Audi RS7 is at dealerships now, with the same quattro all-wheel-drive that’s standard across the A7 lineup, and priced from $104,900.
2014 Audi A7 TDI: Diesel Delivers 38 MPG
Just how efficient is the 2014 Audi A7 TDI? Well, with its ability to achieve EPA grades of 24 mpg city/38 mpg highway/29 mpg combined, the mid-sized premium sedan showcases fuel-efficiency performance that wouldn’t be out of place in a 2012 Toyota Corolla. Consider: Toyota’s last-gen compact ran out an EPA line of 26/34/29 with its automatic transmission.
Unlike the tiny front-wheel-drive Corolla, however, the 2014 Audi A7 TDI is a sophisticated mid-sizer that’s packed with all the premium technologies and creature comforts one would expect in a car that starts at $66,900.
And unlike many other vehicles from across the industry, the 2014 Audi A7 TDI has no trouble achieving its EPA marks in real-world conditions. Just last month, for example, a 2014 Audi A7 TDI joined the brand’s cross-country efficiency challenge and was driven from Torrance, Calif., to Manhattan—a distance of about 2,850 miles—while attaining 42.653 mpg along the way.
That’s actually some 47 percent higher than the car’s EPA rating for combined travel.
Yet enthusiasts can rest assured that the 2014 Audi A7 TDI also lives up to its “sport sedan” positioning, thanks to a 3.0-liter clean-diesel engine that serves up 240 hp and 428 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing owners to enjoy the 0-60 dash in 5.5 seconds.
All models in the 2014 Audi A7 lineup—including the A7 (with an MSRP of $64,500) and S7 (available from $80,200)—also provide access to premium amenities like:
- Audi “connect” infotainment/connectivity technology with in-vehicle wireless hotspot
- The brand’s “MMI touch” interface that can recognize “written” commands and allows drivers to control key vehicle systems while keeping their eyes on the road
- A comprehensive range of safety and driver-assistance features, including Night Vision
- Sumptuous interior appointments with luxury materials and significant attention to detail
- Audi’s signature LED exterior lighting treatments
And all are at dealerships now.