Extra Leaf was invited to south Africa by Audi.
It is hard to reconcile the beauty of a big coupe and the dynamic of a smaller sports car.
The current Audi A7 Sportback is the closest you are going on a succesbil in this class, and since 2010 is the beautiful car sold all over the world in more than 200,000 copies. It might not sound like much, but it is in a class where competitors can be counted on a single hand, so it is a high level of sales.
When the new version of the A7 hitting the american asphalt, the competition has been sharpened with a new Mercedes-Benz CLS as the main competitor.
We are taken all the way to Cape Town to try the car, and it works naturstridigt to run around a few metres from the townships, where only a rim from the new Audi would be able to feed a family in a year's time. The contrast between a freshly cleaned A7 and a blikskur the fence of barbed wire and call in a photo, but I can't bring myself to perpetuate the beautiful Audi in front of the symbol of South africa's impoverished population.
Prices Audi A7
From 943.000 kr.
Smaller engines later A7 Sportback 45 TFSI with 245 hp, the S tronic and front-wheel drive or quattro (2,0 TFSI) A7 Sportback 40 TDI with 204 hp, the S tronic and front-wheel drive or quattro (2.0 TDI) A7 Sportback 45 TDI with 231 hp, tiptronic, and quattro (the 3.0 TDI).
The outgoing A7 Sportback possesses an elegance that only a few cars suffered, and the new stick in the modes of expression, but adds a little more edges and a baglygtedesign, get your car to stand out.
the Car lands at the same time with the new Mercedes CLS, which was first with the idea of a four-door coupé in the class here, and that is running with classic exterior of the trunk, while the Audi is more practical with its large tailgate.
In the first place, we have tried the six-legged variations. It will say a three-liter-benziner with 340 hp and a V6 diesel with 286 hp. Next year is expected four-cylinder engines.
Dieselvarianten is most impressive, behind the wheel, it is virtually impossible to hear, to be poured diesel on the tank.
the Forces of time, we have not, for dieselmaskinens 600 newton meters of torque and 286 hp fits perfectly to the car.
This diesel engine is not only strong as a German defender. The reminder as a Lewandowski on the way to the decisive goal in the Bundesliga, and the very best is sejtrækket, which makes you almost surf on a wave of torque.
It is also quiet, both in idle, and when it is going strong.
the instrument Panel is all in black glass with so-called haptic contacts, where the driver gets feedback, like if you have the right contacts under the fingers. Photo: Audi
With diesel as the engine pulls the 4wd through an eight-speed classic automatic gearbox with the convertor, while benzineren with less torque can handle a seven-speed dobbeltkoblingsgearkasse of the modern school. The classic automatic gearbox shifts best with virtually imperceptible shifts.
most of the overwhelming technique is taken from the new Audi A8, which means four-wheel steering.
At low speeds steers the rear wheels up to five degrees opposite the front wheels, and up to speed be controlled with, in order to ensure stability.
the 48-volt mild hybridteknik is standard on all versions, and the small battery is located under the floor in the cargo area. In practice, brands are not something to the system, which fol. a. means that the car in certain situations can be run with the engine off. In most situations, use the battery to start the car, but have parked in the polarnatten, the car has also a classic startermotor complete with a classic battery. the
The taillights are built up of small devices and displays like the headlights are different lysanimationer, when you unlock the vehicle. Photo: Audi
How an average american specified the A7's looks, we find it difficult to imagine. All of the cars at the presentation was filled with pretty much everything that can be delivered to the A7, and it's not so little.
the Operation is dominated by two large screens, facing up and down at the idea of touch screens.
Normally there is a printed short and easy on a touch screen in a car, but the Audi is reached, that one often comes to press incorrect when you run and press.
the Result is that you often get pressure in the wrong fields, so therefore, Audi has developed the screens, so you really need to press on the surface.
In other words, are the buttons on the screens designed, so you in the head to imagine, that it is a real button, and press then.
During the test drive, we were never familiar with the tapping on the screens, but it is probably a matter of habituation. Under all circumstances, one can opt out of the so-called the haptic method of printing and adjust how much you need to press. the
The bottom screen controls the air conditioning and komfortfunktioner, exactly as is the case in big brother the A8. Photo: Audi
air suspension in multiple levels
Testbilerne was on the big 20" and 21" wheels, and in interaction with air suspension was the comfort surprising stivbenet even in the most comfortable setting.
A shift to dynamic gave something unexpected, not a massively stiffer experience of the A7, and on the whole, you should be aware that the A7 is not a pure sports car. It is a GT, and it can no electronics change. On the retina after the test drive is also a steering that was not specifically meddelsomt compared to what the front wheels were doing.
Støjdæmpningen is nothing less than amazing, and the experience of the interior in the absolute spitzenklasse. The two screens operate logically according to the motto: The top controls the overall functions and transforms often the screen underneath the to a large surface where you can just write your command. In other countries, is voice control on hovedsprogene also a great way to operate most of the features on.
The indicative prices start just above one million. kr., and the two engine variants cost about the same.
This is the Audien about 100,000 dkk. cheaper than the new Mercedes CLS. A later test may determine which of the two manufacturers who make the best coupe in chefklassen right now.
Are you to Audi, it will perhaps be interesting, that the new A7 later come with smaller engines and consequently lower prices, it comes to bl. a. a four cylinder diesel engine with 204 hp, a less powerful version of the six cylinder, which has 231 hp, and then a 2.0 petrol engine with turbo and 245 hp.
the Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI
From 943.000 kr.
the V6 petrol 3.0 litre Power: 340 hp/ 5.000 o/ min.
500 Nm / 1.370 rpm.
250 km/ h.
14.7 km/ l CO2 emissions: 154 grams/ km.