2012 Audi A7 3.0T Prestige

Matt Tierney
#Audi, #A7

There's no doubt that the Audi A7 is a head-turner. I thought the guy driving the pizza delivery car was either going to get in an accident or sprain his neck when he ogled the A7 as he drove past me at an intersection. But this car isn't just about its looks -- it's a pretty great car to drive, too. The power delivery of the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 connected to the eight-speed automatic is as smooth and seamless as it gets. I didn't get much of a chance to put it through its paces here in Ann Arbor, but I drove an A7 earlier this year on a track, where it proved to be quite capable, with well-suppressed body roll and a finely tuned chassis.

Simply put, this is a car that makes you feel good when you're driving it. Whether it's the less expensive model we had earlier this month or this uplevel Prestige trim, the Audi A7 is a car that gets noticed. Of all the four-door luxury coupes (A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS, and Porsche Panamera), this car is, in my eyes, the best looking.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

I had forgotten what a sweet-sounding engine Audi's new supercharged "3.0T" V-6 is. Although the exhaust doesn't breathe the same way it does in the S5 cabriolet, you still get a great aural hint at what's lurking under the hood. The A7 rides so smoothly and moves so quietly (especially given its frameless windows) that I often found myself going 10 mph faster than I thought. The eight-speed automatic shifts seamlessly when left in drive, and it has the appropriate amount of vigor when popped into sport mode or shifted manually via the wheel-mounted paddles or the console shift lever.

The quartz gray paint color on this A7 and the full-LED headlights make a huge difference in the way this car looks. Whereas the red of our last A7 seemed to accent all the wide spaces between the lines, the gray draws the eyes along the creases and muscular arcs of the car's design. While I might not call the A7 a sexy car, the design is much more graceful and beautiful in this subtle gray than the louder red.

Donny Nordlicht, Associate Web Editors

I bought a A7 prestige in February of '12, and I think it's awesome. Great handling, more than adequate power, total head turner... get a compliment every day from a stranger. I passed on the Bang audio system... the Bose works great. 20 inch wheel package is a must for looks and the extra rubber does make a difference. And the Quattro... I don't know why every car doesn't come with it!

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