Driving Sports TV: Audi A7 vs. Acura TL Rematch

Posted by  on  December 28th, 2011 4 comments
Audi A7 vs. Acura TL Rematch
Driving Sports TV: Audi A7 vs. Acura TL Rematch

In a rematch from a previous Driving Sports episode, round two of Acura vs. Audi brings us an AWD duel between the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD and the 2012 Audi A7 Quattro. In the first episode we saw the 2011 Acura TL with a slightly quicker time over the 2011 Audi S4; but with a newer TL and an Audi A7 being used instead of the S4, we may get different results on a smaller, more technical road course. 

Here is the breakdown from MSN Autos:

2012 Acura TL 6-Spd MT SH-AWD w/Technology Pkg

Base Retail Price(MSRP): $42,885
Standard Engine: 3.7L 305 hp V6
Horsepower: 305 @ 6300 RPM
Torque (lb-ft): 273 @ 5000 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Overdrive
Curb Weight – Manual (lb.): 3889

2012 Audi A7 3.0T Premium Sedan quattro

Base Retail Price(MSRP): $59,250
Standard Engine: 3.0L 310 hp V6
Horsepower: 310 @ 5500 RPM
Torque (lb-ft): 325 @ 2900 RPM
Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic Overdrive
Curb Weight – Automatic (lb.): 4210 

Can the Acura TL offer competitive AWD performance at its price point when compared to the Audi A7? Watch the video below to find out.   

[Source: Driving Sports]

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  1. NBP04
    December 28th, 2011 at 20:36 | #1

    Pretty big price difference but comparable specs on paper. Even though the TL has a slightly better horsepower-to-weight ratio, the Audi has a pretty big advantage in the torque department.

    I’m willing to bet the TL will be more reliable all around and will cost you less in the long run :)

  2. DK
    March 14th, 2012 at 18:47 | #2

    When you tested the 2010 TL against the S4 what tires were on it. I know on mine it came with Michelin PS2′s so if those are all seasons on your current tester, then what were on the Audi? The tires can certainly be the difference in the course you drove. I like the A7 (seriously considered it this spring) but the TL is a better car in my opinion.

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