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2016 Audi A7 is all gorgeous curves and high tech (pictures)

Audi's superlative A7 five-door cruiser has been been given a tech-heavy update, but the automaker hasn't messed with its many good qualities.

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The A7's five-door shape remains for the more stylistically adventurous. For more conservative tastes, there's always the A6 sedan.

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The A7's facelift is subtle, but park a 2015 model next to this 2016, and the differences readily reveal themselves.

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The dead-on profile view is the A7's most distinctive -- and arguably gorgeous -- aspect.

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A wide-set grille, lamps and lower fascia serve to emphasize width.

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Rear three-quarter visibility isn't the best, but that's what blind-spot detection is for.

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Note the A7's clean flanks in this view.

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You'll be able to tell a 2016 A7 from the rear thanks to its newly smoked tail lights.

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20-inch Yokohama rubber rides surprisingly well given its watchstrap-like sidewalls.

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Another look at the A7's intricately sculpted 20-inch alloys.

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The A7 features LED daytime running lamps in an eagle's head housing.

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Despite the A7's "3.0T" script, the engine is actually supercharged.

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Door-mounted mirrors incorporate LED turn signal repeaters.

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Note the forward-facing camera subtly mounted underneath Audi's four-ring insignia.

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Yup, it's supercharged.

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A subtle rear spoiler deploys at speed to keep the rear end nailed down at highway speeds, and then retracts so that its aesthetics aren't marred at rest.

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The 3-liter V-6's 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque come on smooth and strong.

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The A7's low-profile dashboard keeps the interior from feeling claustrophobic.

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Gauges are large and easy to read, and a central information display can be reconfigured to show all manner of information.

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Among the binnacle screen's most useful features is the ability to display Google Maps navigation right in the cluster.

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Audi's MMI infotainment system continues to be one of the best -- and most powerful -- in the business. The gesture swipe pad remains brilliant.

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Note the delicate barrel curve on the wood veneer, and the way the arc of door trim and the dashboard come together precisely.

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This A7 is fitted with quad-zone climate control and headed and cooled front seats.

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Beautiful end-stacked-veneer is artfully displayed everywhere you look -- and even some places where you don't.

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Audi pioneered use of thumbwheel selectors on steering wheels, and they're still fantastic.

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The center console hides a pair of USB inputs along with an aux jack and coin holder.

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Now you see the motorized 8-inch central screen...

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...and now you don't.

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4G LTE Wi-Fi is an available option -- and because the car has more powerful antennae than a mobile phone, it's able to get a stronger signal out in the boonies.

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The A7's owner's manual has gone digital and features easy-to-follow videos that you can watch right in your car.

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As one expects in a car this expensive, there are driver-definable drive modes to tailor performance to his or her specific tastes.

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Audi Connect services allow one to look for gas prices, weather and local attractions, among other things.

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This A7 features 360-degree cameras that can show individual views of different directions. There are also radar-based proximity sensors to avoid scuffed paintwork.

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Audi's got one of the deeper color palette for leather in the business.

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Leg room is good in the second row, head room is on the tight side. That center seat is only for use in emergency situations by close, personal friends. Small ones.

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The A7's cargo area is wide and easy to access, with a very generous 24.5 cubic feet available. It's a bit shallow, however.

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The A7's rear seats fold down easily to load even bigger objects, giving it serious utility.

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