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Audi A7 vs. BMW 640i Gran CoupeTwo German luxury cars, two impressive power trains, two technology stories, but only one can take the top spot. Which one will it be?
There we have ample evidence you can have it all ample performance. And it seems to approve a proposed budget your rent and -- high. Their combined eight passenger doors to all -- operating -- let's drive between twelve Audi a seven and the BMW 640 -- written to between thirteen. Cargo -- into the hatchback which Americans normally run from. The BMW played that little -- with a conventional trunk. Little less cargo space but fortunately that -- no longer hides under a bad angle but that humongous -- blotter that BMW's -- -- about two years ago. In fact I'll go so far to say at the grand -- is the better looking of the two. And that's something because seven is no slouch the other key positioning difference is the BMW gran coupe has got a green message. It's got regenerative braking like a hybrid that would isn't one and auto start stop -- -- kind of rarity he's gonna go. Rather different religion lives under the hood on these two cards. Both are three leaders both have six cylinders then they go like -- The Audi is -- V6 direct injection all the usual variable valve timing super charger in this case. Eight speed automatic is the BMW all wheel drive -- we can get Audi after all. Of the BMW goes for inline six it's a BMW after all again three leaders but -- twin power twin scroll single Turbo. And the Turbo charger of course a very different power curve than a super -- eight speed automatic rear wheel drive only at this point. Let's stack up -- numbers between these -- On the horsepower 310 here on the Audi 315 on the -- little bit better 325 at the torque number on the Audi a 330 on the BMW. They get real similar on zero to 65454. And both cars -- 4200 -- Now the MPG stories of interest and 1828 for the -- 2030 on the -- Let's compare the cabin tech. First off neither car has. The touch screen that's apparently a German thing. No greasy finger up and BMW -- -- -- to put FaceBook Twitter and web radio on the main screen but its iPhone only after almost two years on the market. The navigation rig can access live Google search via a built in three G connection. Audi takes roughly the same Google integration and that raises the state to include live Google Earth imagery as one of its views that's pretty cool -- ten inches wide but kind of short. The Audi screen is eight inches large but more square. I prefer how -- can -- the navigation across that display as well as the center LCD between the gauges for what I think is the best navigation command center in the -- both cards use three G at their built in data connection but will soon be a step behind your 200 dollar -- -- as Ford -- rolls out -- goes so far -- to let you switch on a Wi-Fi hot spot in the car but you're still sharing that single three G connection between the index -- And a passenger or to these cars offer just about every form of mobile media you'd want as well as a couple you probably don't like hard drive an SD card. But the Audi makes one serious screw up by omitting Bluetooth streaming you know that technology that some key as 13 its price have. Both these -- offering image of serious performance sold off the road. And onto the same tight track where the PC EA redwood region holds its -- auto crosses. One of the first Intel is driving this supercharged engine is that it's -- super charger. There is really no perceptible delay in that on Russian power and it's a big boost when you get it. There's also this all wheel drive all four paws are -- once you get the feel of -- -- he's -- throws the best. You realize this car Roy knows how to vector itself -- around corners and there's also a little bit of -- and running again for. Running of the chassis I'm getting a little bit of the sound of parts moving in the undercarriage is not my favorite sound. But I don't believe this cars -- -- crash this hard. IB MW of similar caliber. It also tends to do everyday driving a little more refined Lehigh makes. -- -- -- -- Gran -- and they can really feel the -- you've got rear wheel drive steering with the accelerator is not difficult at all. The car feels it feels its way. -- feels like it's gonna fool you there's a big car. But a very capable big guy. Notice that the -- BMW drive modes and a little different on this car if you go all the way down you get -- -- go pro really dials off the responsiveness and maximizes your economy. And then it should sport setting your soul sport sitting on this -- -- -- sport plus and it also turns off your traction control. And once we do that. We really do have some fun here in these corners. Both these cars are admirable performers of urgent onset of power but cryptic. -- -- power driving them side by side they came to -- a distinct difference when you hit the -- it peels back the sporting pretends is to become more of a luxury car. In the BMW the luxury veneer comes off to reveal more of a sporting car I -- the Audi has -- -- -- has casters in front but in a street fight I'm gonna pick up the BMW keys and then there's nothing. Okay pricing seven starts around sixty grams to 640 I -- -- around 76. -- on the how do you have some option in the nav system and a few other niceties that are standard on the BMW so comparably equipped the difference dissolves to a handful of thousands. Bottom line both these cars justified because of the board or -- and -- is a showcase of almost every kind of cards and -- needs to get Bluetooth streaming and BMW needs to get on Android. So which 1009 driveway why don't like you I spend far more time getting around that driving first born until -- seven wins by. -- I could probably bring it home at a lower cost.