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Old 10-20-2017, 12:26 AM
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Actually, I really like it. Pleasantly surprised by the rear end. That light bar is crazy cool. Even cooler in person/video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAv7f-ptA74

The profile lost some of the sharpness of the old model, but this is detailed better than any Audi on sale. It makes the A8 look even more dated by comparison.

I'm getting new Accord vibes from it though...
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Old 10-20-2017, 01:37 AM
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Came here to say the Accord looks like this.
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:02 AM
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Came here to say the Accord looks like this.
Unfortunately, given the way Honda reliability has been recently (CR just released the results of their annual survey), the Audi actually might be the more reliable car....
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:16 AM
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It looks good. Nothing too fresh or exciting but that is expected from Audi. I love the outgoing A7, my favourite Audi. I'll have to see this in person to decide if i like it more or less. When photos of the new A4 surfaced i wasn't as sure but in the metal it looks beautiful.
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Old 10-20-2017, 07:31 AM
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The original A7 is probably one of my favourite car designs, and I'm not quite sure about this one. I feel the side has way too many creases, and no strong shoulder line. Looks like a badly ironed shirt.

I also think I prefer the rear and front of the old one, though the rear light graphic looks bonkers (in a good way) if you've seen the video.
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It's not ruined, but it's a generic looking version of the current car. If this is the best Marc Lichte can do, then they've hired a talentless man.
I agree, the original A7 is a gorgeous, minimalist car, that has been added detailing here, and IMO too much of it here and there. I'm still not fond of the "in your face" hexagonal grille on newer Audis, and the Las Vegas bling rear lights, and neither of adding creases. It is still good, but less so than the original. All in all, as swizzle say, also more generic, as A) That crease craze is one every current VAG product, as well as some (older) Ford and Hyundai designs, and B) the hexagonal grille, started by Hyundai, is spreading on every second brand it appears.

But my biggest grippe is the interior. Yes, everything is high quality (or at least journos will be raving on in Audis, even if the interior isn't good, like in the Q2), but there are way to many details, creases, materials, shiny surfaces, questionable details like that shelf, in general much more a "Technology tour de force" of "because we can" attitude than the tasteful interiors of the past.

Given how much I prefer the De Silva Audis over the Lichte designs, I'm not sure letting him off was a good idea. And what happened to all the talent VAG bought with Ital Design?
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Old 10-20-2017, 01:02 PM
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...what happened to all the talent VAG bought with Ital Design?
The talent at Ital Design was Giugiaro himself and he's long retired.
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Old 10-20-2017, 01:21 PM
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The talent at Ital Design was Giugiaro himself and he's long retired.
You seem to be right. But why on earth did they bother to buy them?
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Old 10-20-2017, 01:35 PM
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You seem to be right. But why on earth did they bother to buy them?
Piech loved buying things of dubious merit.
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Old 10-20-2017, 01:51 PM
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Piech loved buying things of dubious merit.
oh yeah i tend to forget 😉
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