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Design-wise, the 2013 Audi A7 and S7 really stand out. Looking at these models' distinctive silhouette, there's been nothing quite like them in recent automotive history—and that's even including models that some would call rivals or alternatives, like the Mercedes-Benz CLS or Porsche Panamera. Altogether, the A7's mix of flowing, smooth sheetmetal and chiseled details give it a somewhat more aggressive look than most of Audi's main-line sedans, yet compared to those other fastbacks or fastback sedans, it's much more graceful.
The A7 may be a throwback to older European oddities like the Rover SD1 or Citroen CX. The sheet metal has already sparked a debate among enthusiasts, but we'll only wade in to say that it's gorgeous—with just a hint of quirkiness. From the back, the A7 can look a little bulbous, but otherwise the design is cohesive and different, mating an aggressive front end design that most of the Audi lineup now has in common with nicely sculpted side sheet metal and a unique fastback-coupe tail.
Very smooth, yet distinctive and powerful are observations we might use to describe the style of the 2013 Audi A7 and S7, but that also describes the way they drive. The A7 “wafts” up to speed in a way that most other luxury sedans in this class don't, with a near uninterrupted wave of torque coming from the engine and the transmission always up to task in delivering it smoothly. There's nothing unobtrusive or jarring about the A7, but the S7 makes some room for stronger performance and a little more driver involvement.
In following trends that hold true nearly across the entire auto industry, the A7 gets an engine that's probably smaller than what might have been installed in it a few years ago; yet it's very strong and responsive. The supercharged V-6, dubbed TFSI 3.0, makes 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque and can get the A7 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. At 18 mpg city, 28 highway, it arguably has V-6 fuel efficiency.
At first glance, the 2013 Audi A7 and S7 Sportback models (which have nearly identical interior accommodations) look long and wide, but their low, sleek body style makes it a bit hard to size up next to sedans. By the numbers, the A7 is a little longer (196 inches) than today's typical U.S. mid-size sedans; and while it's relatively wide, its low 55-inch-tall roofline really does put it at a height with some sport coupes.
What that means is that the seating position is relatively low, and that getting in and out is by no means like some other odd new designs such as the Acura ZDX (that's more of a utility vehicle). Provided you don't have too many lanky passengers in the A7, there's enough space for four adults to get comfortable, while up front the comfort is almost without bounds thanks to highly adjustable seats.
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