• Meet the Audi A7
  • A8 Headlights Evolved
  • Muscular Hood
  • Half Inch Taller, 8 Inches Thinner
  • 21-Inch Wheels
  • Dynamic Styling
  • 10-inch touchscreen MMI display
  • Voice control optional
  • 8-inch lower display
  • 12-inch Virtual Cockpit with MMI Nav Plus
  • Four Sound System Options
  • 340 Horsepower
  • 369 LB-FT of Torque
  • 0-to-62 mph in 5.3 seconds
  • Top speed: 155 mph
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Automatic rear spoiler deploys @ 74.6 mph
  • Mild hybrid system (MHEV)
  • Starts out at €67,800

The A7 is finally here, but it’ll only be hot for a few years..

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What started as the Audi Sportback Concept in 2009 took a quick turn and morphed into the Audi A7 Sportback for 2010. It’s been seven years since the first A7 rolled into our presence and you know what that means – it’s time for the second-gen model to finally make its way into the limelight, and make its way it did as Audi looked back on its history and presented us with what is, essentially, a hatchback A8 with some serious steroid-induced muscles to go with an equally sized bad attitude. The whole package includes the wide, low grille from the A8 which is flanked on each side by evolved A8 headlights and a pair of fake vents down below. The base motivator provides the same horsepower as the outgoing model (340 ponies) but delivers a bit more torque.

The interior is also a focal point of the second-gen model as it sees a pretty serious upgrade over the previous model and borrows some cues from the A8 while at the same time pushing that A8 DNA to a serious extreme. All told, the A7 is much more attractive inside and out in comparison to the outgoing model, but it comes off a bit slower to 60 mph and carries the same limited top speed. So, if it’s performance increases that you’re looking for, you might want to check out another German manufacturer, but if you’re all about having fresh looks in a luxurious and sexy package, you’ll want to keep reading and check out the full review below.

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  • New grille is wider and lower
  • A8 headlights evolved
  • Muscular hood
  • Half an inch taller but 8 inches thinner
  • 21-inch wheels
  • Dynamic styling
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Meet the Audi A7
Sure, the exterior does feature a lot of the cues seen on the new A8, and these will trickle down to the rest of the lineup, but for now, the exterior is quite fresh

Usually, this is where I bash Audi for being lazy or passive with its generational shift, but I have to say I’m somewhat impressed. Sure, the exterior does feature a lot of the cues seen on the new A8, and these will trickle down to the rest of the lineup, but for now, the exterior is quite fresh. Up front sits that wide, single-frame grille first seen on the Audi Quattro concept and then later on the A8. It represents the next stage of evolution for Audi’s grille design with a look that’s reinforced by the small air dam down on the lower lip. Flaking the grille on either side is a rather large fake air vent with a somewhat stylish black insert for extra character. Then, there are the headlights. Now, if you haven’t been paying attention lately, you probably think you’ve seen these before. Well, you wouldn’t exactly be wrong as the new A8 features headlights of the same shape. However, the A7 sees an evolution of these that includes those unique running lamps that also double as amber lights when signaling.

The hood takes on a new look that includes more muscular lines and a slightly elevated profile in comparison to the outgoing model. The outside lines are more elevated than their more centered counterparts, which provides a bit of contrast and prowess up front. As you walk along the side of the new A7, you would be blind if you didn’t notice those enticingly designed 21-inch wheels and the muscular body line in the rear quarters. The stationary glass comes to a point a little lower in the rear while the trim around the windows are thinner than ever and, despite being chrome, blend in nicely with both light grey and blue models seen here. The most intriguing feature from this view is the roof which has a smooth but steep grade to it, vaguely reminiscent of the Porsche 911.

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Half Inch Taller, 8 Inches Thinner
Around back is where the most interesting, and painfully obvious design can be found

Around back is where the most interesting, and painfully obvious design can be found. Take a look at those taillights. They just scream Bugatti and are quite attractive, however, I’m not so sure that I’m fond of the way the outer units are linked by the thin LED strip. It almost looks as if it’s one of those funky stitch band-aids. Anyway, those vertical LED strips change become will flash in sequence with the application of the turn signals while the lower units will illuminate brightly when the brake lights are pressed. Down below, a simple black and body-colored insert fills the area normally reserved for a diffuser or exhaust outlets.

All told, the car is quite attractive but is quite a bit thinner above the waistline. Audi hasn’t released all specifications yet, but it comes in at 195.6-inches long, 75.6-inches wide, and 56.4-inches long. It has a wheelbase of 115.2. To put that into perspective the wheelbase and height has increased by half an inch over the outgoing model while the length has dropped by 0.6 inches. Finally, the second-gen model is actually 8.6-inches shorter thinner than the outgoing model. Again, Audi has yet to release interior dimensions, but I’m guessing that shoulder and hip room will suffer inside due to this, but we shall see. For now, enjoy the images and move on to the interior section when you’re ready – there’s lots to talk about there too!

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Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 115.19
Lenght (Inches) 195.62
Width (Inches) 75.11
Height (Inches) 55.98


  • 10.1-inch touchscreen MMI display
  • 8.6-inch lower display
  • 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit with MMI Nav Plus
  • Voice control optional
  • Four sound system options
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10-inch touchscreen MMI display
It takes the boring and lazy lines of the last model and replaces them with young, vibrant, and intelligent-looking design cues

Remember when I said that I was somewhat impressed with Audi’s work on the A7? Well, I’m going to double down on that statement as this interior is absolutely revolutionary. It takes the boring and lazy lines of the last model and replaces them with young, vibrant, and intelligent-looking design cues that makes you wonder whether or not Audi poached someone from a company that knows how to stir things up a bit. First off, the dash gets a stepped look that provides a large plateau up top with an angular overhang above the instrument cluster the vents are positioned on the face of this plateau and almost look like gates sitting atop the lower step on the face of the dash. The center stack is graced by a 10.1-inch screen that is downright classy in comparison to the outgoing model with the gloss black surround glass blending nicely into the dash. When the screen turns off, it all looks like one big piece – a very nice touch. Down below sits a smaller, 8.6-inch touch screen that offers up control for the climate control system, comfort system, and text input.

Despite the fact that the car itself is actually just over a half-inch shorter than the outgoing model, it’s quite surprising that the interior looks so long up front. The overall design of the center console and the smaller dash itself yields lots of extra room, and the longer-look of the console lends a helping hand to the feeling of space and length. The steering wheel on the base model doesn’t get a flat bottom or anything of that nature, but the spokes of the steering wheel extend outward a bit with the central hub, which is smaller, sitting deeper in the wheel to provide a cone feeling. Ahead of the wheel, you’ll see a typical instrument cluster, but if you go with the MMI Navigation Plus option, you’ll get full navigation to go with the 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit as displayed above.

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12-inch Virtual Cockpit with MMI Nav Plus
Options include Valcona Leather upholstery, ambient lighting, MMI Navigation, MMI Navigation plus (with virtual cockpit) and your selection of four sounds systems

Options include Valcona Leather upholstery, ambient lighting, MMI Navigation, MMI Navigation plus (with virtual cockpit) and your selection of four sounds systems, with the range-topping model being the usual Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System. And, sometime in 2018, the A7 should see the Audi AI Parking Pilot and Audi AI Remote Garage Pilot come to life, which will allow the car to essentially park itself in your parking spot or garage at the press of a button. This system, depending on which model you have, can have up to five radar sensors, five cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a laser scanner – talk about some technology, huh?

Three driver assistance packages are available that, in all, offer up as many as 39 different driver assistance features. This is getting a little ridiculous, I know, but this isn’t a joke. Those three packages include the Audi AI parking package, the City assist package, and the Tour assist package. You’ll have to check with your local dealer when the new A7 goes on sale if you’re interested in the dirty details, but until that happens, keep reading to learn more about what’s happening under that hood!

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Interior Dimensions

Trunk space (seats up) 18.9 cu. ft.
Trunk space (seats folded) 49.1 cu. ft.


  • 340 horsepower
  • 368.8 lb-ft torque
  • 0-to-62 mph in 5.3 seconds
  • Top speed: 155 mph
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Automatic rear spoiler deploys @ 74.6 mph
  • Mild hybrid system (MHEV)
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340 Horsepower
All models of the A7 will be considered mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEV) which operate a little differently than the typical hybrids on the road today

If you’re going to go sign over a check for the new Audi A7, you should probably know that you’re also buying a hybrid vehicle. That’s right; Audi is forcing hybrid technology on you without so much as an option to go with an all-engine system. All models of the A7 will be considered mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEV) which operate a little differently than the typical hybrids on the road today but operate under the same principals. A small lithium-ion battery pack is on board that works with a belt alternator starter to recuperate performance while braking – essentially turning your wasted inertial energy into an electrical voltage that can be used later on to freewheel at speeds between 34.2 and 99.4 mph with the engine deactivated, with the engine starting via that BAS only when necessary and it should do so seamlessly as well.

With that in mind, this system will be connected to a 48-volt electrical system (36-volts more than the usual 12-volt systems found in a majority of cars built prior to 2010) This holds true for both V-6 engines on offer with the Sportback, however, we only know about one of those engines – the one available in the base model that will be available when production starts in the near future. The trim level is known as the A7 55 TFSI (if you need help understanding the naming structure, check out our breakdown here) and holds a 3.0-liter V-6 under the hood. Like the outgoing model, it delivers just 340 horsepower, but it does see an increase to 368.8 pound-feet of torque, 43.8 pound-feet more than the outgoing model.

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369 LB-FT of Torque
The A7 Sportback makes the 62-mph sprint from a dead stop in 5.3 seconds which is, oddly, a tenth of a second slower than the outgoing model

With this engine in tow, the A7 Sportback makes the 62-mph sprint from a dead stop in 5.3 seconds which is, oddly, a tenth of a second slower than the outgoing model. Top speed is set at a very German 155 mph and, according to Audi, the 3.0-liter can achieve 6.8-liters per 100km fuel economy or about 34.6 mpg – not bad for a car this size. Remember when only compact Japanese cars could pull those figures?

It doesn’t all stop there, though. One of the coolest options you can for is the dynamic-all-wheel steering. When paired with the updated electronic chassis system and air suspension system, you’ll find the new A7, according to Audi, is more agile and nimble before – apparently, delivering true GT-style handling and performance. Wheel sizes can be had as high as 21-inches with 255/35-series tires that match aluminum caliper brakes with the largest brake rotors measuring 15.7 inches in diameter. Four suspension systems are on the option block, with your standard steel spring system being the base option, or the sport suspension system being the next best option with a 0.4-inch body drop as well. There’s also an electronically controlled damping system and a self-leveling adaptive air suspension system as well.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 3.0 V-6 TFSI
Horsepower 340 HP
Torque 368 LB-FT
0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) 5.3 seconds
Top Speed 250 km/h (155.3 mph)


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Pricing information for the new A7 is quite limited at this point. The entry-level 55 TFSI will be the initial model to hit dealers, and it will come in at €67,800. Pricing will go up from there, but you’ll have to wait unitl Febuary of 2018 to see what other trims and pricing to expect.


BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

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Essentially a mix between a sedan, a station wagon, and an SUV, the 6 Series GT is BMW’s answer to the Audi A7 Sportback, and it serves as the resident funkymobile in the Bimmers lineup. It has all of the luxuriousness you would expect on the inside while coming in significantly taller, wider, and longer than the new A7. The base model includes a 2.0-liter that’s good for 258 ponies and 295 pound-feet of torque. The next level up is a 3.0-liter inline-six that’s good for 340 ponies and 332 pound-feet – your real A7 competitor. Finally, there’s a 3.0-liter diesel that’s good for just 265 horsepower but does pump out some 457 pound-feet of torque. Pricing for the 6 Series is a mystery at the moment, but it should start out around $61,000 or so.

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.

Mercedes CLS Coupe

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Mercedes’ resident Sportback comes with a CLS badge, and it features typical Mercedes design with an AMG grill, and a wide mouth down below that is flanked by a large pair of Mercedes corner vents. The exterior design is sharp, as is the interior, while two engine options will fulfill your need for speed and power. In the base model, you get a 4.7-liter V-8 that’s good for 402 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It can sprint to 60 mph in as little as 4.9 seconds. If that’s not good enough for you, you can jump up to the AMG showroom and snag yourself an AMG CLS 63 S Coupe, which is motivated by a hand-built 5.5-liter V-8 with 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet on tap. It’ll get you to 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds. Pricing starts out at $75,150 or $77,650 if you want 4MATIC AWD. The range-topping AMG model will set you back a whopping $108,900.

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes CLS Coupe.


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This is one of those cases where I almost feel horrible for bashing Audi so much in the past. Normally the company does very little to improve its generational or facelifted models, but the brand really did go all out with the new A7. Unfortunately, this will probably be short-lived, as everything you see here has pretty much trickled down from the A8 and will slowly trickle down to the rest of the lineup. The A7 may look fresh now, but by 2020 or 2021, you’ll find that the lesser models in the lineup have the same styling cues and you near-new A7 won’t be quite so fresh anymore. Be that as it may, the A7 is, for now, quite impressive, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to find myself driving one on occasion. How about you? Does the new A7 tickle your fancy or would you prefer something else? Let us know what you would like in the comments section below.

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    • Still a bit expensive
    • Borrows a lot from the A8
    • Drivetrain options are up in the air


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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi A7.

Audi S7

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Read our speculative review on the 2019 Audi S7.

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Press release

The A7 Sportback represents the new Audi design language to a great extent and delivers on the design promise made by the prologue studies. The four-door coupe sets standards in the luxury class when it comes to progressiveness. It embodies a new style of Gran Turismo, with dynamic lines, systematic digitalization, a sporty driving experience and a versatile space concept.

Consumption figures for the Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI quattro S tronic:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.2 – 6.8* (32.7 – 34.6 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 163 – 154* (262.3 – 247.8 g/mi)
*Figures depend on the wheel/tire sets used

Dynamics at their most beautiful: the exterior design
The exterior design of the A7 Sportback is an expression of the new design language that Audi introduced with the prologue study and made its production debut in the new Audi A8. With large surfaces, sharp edges and taut, athletic lines, the A7 signals dynamics and progressiveness from every perspective.

Up front, the Singleframe grille – wider and lower than that of the Audi A8 – the narrow headlights, the boldly contoured air inlets and the flat front end convey at a glance the sportiness of the Gran Turismo. The headlights are available in three versions. With the middle and top equipment lines, the light signature takes up the subject of digitalization: 12 adjacent lighting segments separated by narrow intervening spaces evoke associations with the binary digits 0 and 1. The top version is the HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light.

The Audi A7 Sportback is an athletic sculpture with a long engine hood, long wheelbase and short overhangs. Pronounced contours emphasize the wheels, which measure up to 21 inches in diameter, and reference Audi’s quattro genes. These genes determine the proportions of the vehicle’s body. The silhouette is defined by the dynamic roofline, which drops sharply toward the rear. Four figures delineate the sporty character of the large coupe: It is 4,969 millimeters (16.3 ft) long, has a wheelbase of 2,926 millimeters (9.6 ft) and is 1,908 millimeters (6.3 ft) wide, but stands only 1,422 millimeters (4.7 ft) high.

As with the previous model, the rear end is tapered like that of a yacht. The long luggage compartment lid terminates in a pronounced, curved lip from which an integrated spoiler extends automatically at 120 km/h (74.6 mph). A flat light strip – a design feature common to all of Audi’s top models – joins the rear lights, whose tail lights are made up of 13 vertical segments. When the doors are unlocked and again when they are locked, fast-moving light animations play in the rear lights and in the headlights, highlighting the big coupe’s dynamics while standing still. The progressive exterior design of the new Audi A7 Sportback is largely devoid of chrome. The paint range offers a choice of 15 colors, eight of which are new. The optional S line exterior package further hones the look, with modifications to the radiator grille and the front air inlets, the sills and the front and rear diffusers. They are trimmed in gloss black and more strongly sculpted.

Show car design comes to production: the interior
The interior fuses design and technology in a unique way. The interior of the new Audi A7 Sportback dazzles with its futuristic lounge atmosphere. Its reduced, clean design language is based in a one-of-a-kind balance of tension and coolness. The horizontal lines and sleek instrument panel provide for a feeling of airy spaciousness. The center console is oriented toward the driver, underscoring the Gran Turismo’s sporty character. Four key values characterize the interior concept: progressiveness, sportiness, intuitiveness and sophistication. All colors, upholstery materials and inlays underscore the new aesthetic, from the base version to the design selection, the S line sport package and the particularly sophisticated Valcona leather. The optional contour ambient lighting package traces the contours and subtly highlights the space.

The 10.1-inch upper display (in combination with MMI navigation plus) is tilted toward the driver. With its black panel optics and framed in a graphite gray aluminum clasp, it almost disappears into the dashboard when switched off. The body supporting the clasp is itself a geometric sculpture. The display’s user interface appears as soon as the car is opened. In keeping with the interior design, the look is reduced and succinct. All screen content can be quickly registered.

Control at your fingertips: MMI touch response control system and online voice control
The new Audi A7 systematically continues the digitalization strategy of the A8. The interior architecture melds seamlessly with Audi’s new MMI touch response operating concept. It replaces the rotary pushbutton and the conventional buttons and controls of the previous model with two large, high-resolution touch displays.

The driver controls the infotainment system from the upper display. Mounted on the asymmetric console of the center tunnel, the 8.6-inch lower display provides access to the climate control system, comfort functions and text input. Drivers can rest their wrist on the automatic transmission’s wide selector lever knob.

Audi offers an optional head-up display that projects important information onto the windshield. MMI navigation plus also includes the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch display.

The MMI touch response operating concept features haptic and acoustic feedback and is as intuitive to use as a smartphone. Users hear and feel a click as confirmation when their finger triggers a function. With its logical and flat menu structure, the system allows fast access to the various vehicle functions, and it can also be personalized thanks to configurable and movable favorites buttons.

The optional voice control in the new A7 Sportback makes operation even more convenient. With MMI navigation plus, the natural speech dialogue system processes questions and commands in two ways – with information stored onboard and at the same time with detailed knowledge from the cloud.

Fully connected for more convenience and safety: infotainment and connect features
With its comprehensive connectivity, the Audi A7 is perfectly equipped for long-distance touring. It offers customers more convenience, safety and customization options. The Gran Turismo features the same infotainment and connectivity range as the Audi A8. Up to seven drivers can store their preferred settings in individual user profiles. As many as 400 parameters can be personalized. The online services from Audi connect have been expanded. Additions include the traffic sign and hazard information Car-to-X services, which utilize the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet.

The new A7 Sportback comes standard with the MMI radio; MMI navigation and MMI navigation plus are available as options. There is a choice of four sound systems. The top version, the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, also delivers fascinating 3D sound to the rear seats.

Intelligent and convenient: the Audi AI systems
With the AI button, the driver activates the Audi AI remote parking pilot and the Audi AI remote garage pilot, which will be made available at some point in 2018. They autonomously maneuver the A7 Sportback into and out of a parking space or garage. The driver can get out of the car before launching the function via the myAudi app on their smartphone. To monitor the maneuver, the driver presses and holds the Audi AI button the entire time. The central driver assistance controller (zFAS) merges the data from a sophisticated set of sensors to continually compute an image of the surroundings. Depending on the equipment level, there can be as many as five radar sensors, five cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner.

Besides the Audi AI systems, the new A7 Sportback features a total of 39 driver assistance systems to make things easier for the driver. They are split up into three packages: the Audi AI parking package (gradual introduction beginning 2018), the City assist package with the new crossing assist, and the Tour assist package. The latter includes such things as the efficiency assistant, which facilitates a driving style conducive to reducing consumption, and the adaptive driving assistant (ADA), which supplements the adaptive cruise control (ACC) with helpful steering interventions to maintain the lane. All driver assistance systems feature improved control mechanisms.

Handling and long-distance comfort: the chassis
The new A7 further extends its synthesis of sportiness and comfort. The optional dynamic-all-wheel steering, the new electronic chassis program (ECP) – the central controller for the chassis – and the updated air suspension make it even more agile, nimble and comfortable. The A7 is thus the perfect Gran Turismo: dynamic and agile on twisty country roads, yet comfortable on long highway stretches.

Many aspects of the front and rear axles have been developed from scratch. The standard progressive steering, whose generally sporty ratio becomes even more direct the further the steering wheel is turned, features a new concept for intensive road feedback. Mounted behind large wheels – up to 21 inches and 255/35 – with improved rolling comfort are aluminum fixed-caliper brakes with discs up to 400 millimeters (15.7 in) in diameter. Customers can choose between four suspension setups: a conventional steel spring suspension, the sport suspension that lowers ride height by 10 millimeters (0.4 in), electronically controlled damping and the self-leveling adaptive air suspension.

The top chassis-related innovation is dynamic-all-wheel steering. It combines direct, sporty steering response with unshakable stability, resolving the conflict of aims between agility and comfort. The steering ratio varies as a function of speed between 9.5:1 and 16.5:1 by means of active steering interventions at the front and rear axle. At the front axle, strain wave gearing is used to superimpose these in response to the driver’s steering input. At the rear axle, a spindle drive turns the wheels by as much as 5 degrees. At low speed, they steer counter to the front wheels to further increase the agility of the big coupe when parking or driving in urban traffic, for example. This reduces the turning circle at full lock by 1.1 meters (3.6 ft). At 60 km/h (37.3 mph) and above, the rear axle steers in the same direction to increase straight-line stability and facilitate lane changes.

The optional sport differential improves handing even further. It actively distributes drive torque between the rear wheels, complementing quattro all-wheel drive. Like dynamic-all-wheel steering, controlled damping and the adaptive air suspension, the sport differential is integrated into the control function of the electronic chassis platform (ECP). These systems are closely networked for maximum precision. The driver can use the Audi drive select system to activate different ride profiles featuring a more pronounced difference between comfort and sportiness than in the previous model.

Broad-based electrification: mild hybrid system for greater comfort and efficiency
All engines used in the A7 Sportback come standard with a new mild hybrid system (MHEV) for greater comfort and efficiency. With the two V6 engines, this uses a 48-volt primary electrical system. A belt alternator starter (BAS) works together with a lithium-ion battery and achieves a recuperation performance of up to 12 kW when braking. At speeds between 55 and 160 km/h (34.2 – 99.4 mph), the four-door coupe can coast in freewheeling mode with the engine deactivated and then restarted comfortably via the BAS.

The start-stop function has been significantly expanded and now activates at 22 km/h (13.7 mph). In combination with the standard front camera, the engine is restarted predictively while at a standstill as soon as vehicle ahead begins to move. In real-world driving, the MHEV technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 liters per 100 kilometers.

The new Audi A7 Sportback will initially launch with the 3.0 V6 TFSI. The sonorously understated V6 turbo produces 250 kW (340 hp) and 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft). The four-door coupe sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). In the NEDC, the base version of the Audi A7 55 TFSI consumes 6.8 liters of fuel (34.6 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 154 grams (247.8 g/mi). The 3.0 TFSI is paired with a seven-speed S tronic. Its quattro drivetrain uses the efficient ultra technology that activates rear-wheel drive as needed. Additional six- and four-cylinder engines, both gasoline and diesel, will follow shortly after the start of production.

The body concept: Coupé, Sedan and Avant in one
The A7 Sportback combines the best of all worlds and is a dynamic all-around talent for business and recreation. It offers the design of a Coupé, the spaciousness of a Sedan and the variability of an Avant. The interior concept of the A7 Sportback impresses with more space and more comfortable seating – and that despite having a dynamic roofline. Compared with the previous model, interior length has increased 21 millimeters (0.8 in), resulting in more rear knee room. Rear passengers also enjoy more head room. The loading width has also increased compared with the previous model and now measures 1,050 millimeters (3.4 ft).

Topping the range of all-new seats are the multi-adjustable, customized contour front seats with ventilation and massage. The configuration with individual rear seats (alternative: 2+1 bench) offers a plenty of space and comfort. New high-tech options make life with the Audi A7 Sportback even more comfortable and convenient. The air quality package improves interior air quality by means of fragrancing with subtle scents, an ionizer and an effective combination filter.

The body, which features steel and aluminum composite construction with large components such as add-on parts made of aluminum, is a key factor in the improved handling and greater comfort. The four-door coupe scores top marks with respect to body stiffness, aeroacoustics and aerodynamics. The Gran Turismo spoils its passengers with improved acoustic comfort and – thanks to sophisticated aerodynamics – minimal wind noise.

The improved panoramic glass sunroof with particularly large glass elements lets more light into the cabin. The heated windshield and wipers with integrated nozzles are additional options for more convenience.

Despite the markedly dynamic lines, the luggage compartment has a base capacity of 535 liters (18.9 cu ft). This increases to 1,390 liters (49.1 cu ft) with the rear seats folded down. The luggage compartment has been optimized so that two golf bags now fit horizontally – in addition to the optional spare tire. The optional sensor-controlled rear hatch opens and closes automatically in response to a foot motion.

The new Audi A7 Sportback rolls off the assembly line at the Neckarsulm site and will launch on the German market in late February 2018. The base price for the 55 TFSI quattro S tronic is 67,800 euros.

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