The new Audi A7 Sportback

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Text: / Photos: Audi Press | posted August 10, 2010 16:47

A new niche

Audi is targeting a new vehicle class with the A7 Sportback. The large, elegant five-door model combines the emotional character of a grand coupe, the comfort and prestige of a sedan and the active practicality of a station wagon. With its lightweight body, the powerful and efficient V6 engines, the sporty chassis and the advanced assistance and multimedia systems, it sets standards in many fields of technology.

The Audi A7 Sportback is a car with elegant, sporty proportions, a long hood and wheelbase, short overhangs and athletically curved outer contours. It marks the next step in the evolution of the design language of Audi, the leading brand for automotive design.

The car exudes a powerful presence and attraction. With its low, dynamically accentuated roof line and its balanced proportions, it looks like a coupe. The rear doors are perfectly integrated into the silhouette. The design is consistent and expresses the aesthetics of modern technology in every detail - in the precisely drawn lines, in the athletic curvature of the surfaces, in the engine compartment and even the wheels.

The A7 Sportback is 4.97 meters (16.31 ft) long and has a wheelbase of 2.91 meters (9.55 ft). 1.91 meters (6.27 ft) wide, it is only 1.42 meters (4.66 ft) tall - these proportions allude to the dynamic lines. The cD value is 0.28; the front surface area measures 2.29 square-meters (24.65 sq ft). The clean flow of the slipstream - including along the underbody and as it flows through the engine compartment - was an important objective in the requirement specification.

Air and light, sleek shapes and bright colors: The interior of the A7 Sportback is an emotional space full of lightness and expanse. Its lines take up the powerful, sinewy sportiness of the exterior to demonstrate Audi's status as the leading brand for vehicle design.

Audi's legendary attention to detail characterizes the entire interior of the A7 Sportback, just as it does in the A8 luxury sedan. Materials are chosen with the utmost care; the uncompromising workmanship is on a craftsman's level.

The Audi A7 Sportback will hit the market with four direct-injection V6 engines: two gasoline units and two diesels. Ranging from 204 to 300 hp, the engines propel the large five-door coupe smoothly and powerfully, with astonishing efficiency. The 3.0 TDI multitronic with front-wheel drive and 204 hp consumes on average just 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km , corresponding to CO2 emissions of just 139 g per km. All engines use Audi's innovative thermal management system, a recuperation system and a start-stop system. The engines will be mated to either the Multitronic transmission or the seven speed dual-clutch transmission.