Audi RS 7
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Overall: The sleek A7 line has a multiple-personality disorder thanks to four different engines, trims and power levels all the way up to 560 horses.

Drivetrain: A supercharged V6 now supplies 333 horsepower to all four wheels in the regular A7 while the S7 gets a more powerful 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 for 2016; RS7 ups the V8’s boost to the tune of 560 horsepower, while the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel packs 240 horses and over 425 pound-feet.

Audi’s fine piece of artful sculpture is getting some slight alterations for 2016. While the silhouette remains unchanged, the front features new available LED headlights, revised Audi grille and tweaked bumper, while the rear gets new LED taillights and trapezoidal twin tailpipes. The hatchback’s utility remains unchanged, as does Audi’s excellent work crafting interiors. In back there’s seating for two adults, although you can opt for a three-person bench for more flexibility. The A7’s base powerplant is a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that comes straight from the A6, but now produces 333 horsepower (up from 310) and 325 pound-feet of torque. A 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 now gets 450 horsepower, up from 420, and is part of the higher-performance S7 model. If you’re looking for more drama and performance, the RS 7 uses the same turbo engine as the S7, but ups the boost pressure significantly. The result is 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet torque. Its zero-to-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds is astonishing too, thanks to its use of a beefed up Quattro all-wheel drive system and seven-speed automated manual transmission borrowed from the S7. At the other end of the scale, the A7 TDI uses Audi’s excellent 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 with 240 horsepower and a still-stout 428 pound-feet of torque. Both the turbo-diesel and base supercharged V6 connect to eight-speed “Tiptronic” automatic transmissions. All A7s arrive with the latest Quattro all-wheel-drive that sends extra torque to the outside wheels for more agility while turning. Those watching their wallets will appreciate the TDI’s 24 mpg rating in the city and 38 on the highway. The base (and amenity-rich) A7 serves up four-zone climate control, multi-position heated front seats, bi-xenon lighting and 10 airbags. The option list gets a bit crazy in its thoroughness and includes some very exotic audio equipment plus active warning systems to help keep you from running into other vehicles, both from within and outside of your lane. The S7 also includes a more aggressive grille, 19-inch wheels, quad exhaust pipes and all the toys, while the RS7 adds an adaptive rear spoiler and large oval tailpipes. The RS7 can be ordered with a Carbon package with — duh – carbon-fiber front splitters and rear diffusers. A Dynamic includes Audi’s active steering, a firmer suspension, red brake calipers and throaty exhaust. All A7’s now get Audi’s latest MMI multimedia system with more features and support, including available 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi.

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