Audi A7 debuts
28th July, 2010
Stylish design, sporty 'character' and innovative
technology: Audi is targeting a new market segment with the A7 Sportback. The large five-door model
brings together the best of three worlds: the sporty elegance of a coupe, the comfort of a sedan and
the practicality of a station wagon.
The Audi A7 Sportback is high-tech. Its body is lightweight thanks to numerous aluminium
components. The elegant interior shows a craftsman’s level of workmanship. The four V6 engines on
offer combine refined power with efficiency. The 3.0 TDI with 150 kW and multitronic has CO2
emissions of just 139 grammes per kilometre. The sporty chassis comes with new solutions, such as
electromechanical power steering. When it comes to assistance and infotainment systems, the
luxury-class coupe exhibits all of the innovative power expected of Audi.
The five-door coupe from Audi combines supreme, long-distance comfort with a sporty character.
The interior noise level is low, even at highway speeds, with the V6 engines providing refined
acoustic feedback as their power unfolds.
The comfort likewise contributes to the atmosphere of cultured tranquillity on board. This is the
result of tuning all components, systematic hydraulic damping in the axle and drivetrain bearings
and the stiff body. The
body is comprised primarily of aluminium and high-tech steels, making it lightweight and safe. The
large rear hatch opens wide to reveal a large, extremely usable luggage compartment that is very
easy to load. Its 535 litre capacity swells to a volume of 1,390 litres with the rear seat
backrests folded down.
With the A7 Sportback, Audi is taking up a new design line representing elegance on a grand
scale. The five door coupe is 4.97 metres long and 1.91 metres wide, but only 1.42 metres high. Its
long bonnet, the short front overhang, the long wheelbase, the sportily flowing C-pillars and the
sharply dropping rear provide a dynamic overall impression. The five-door coupe is an aesthetic
exercise with a wide, powerful road stance.
Optional LED headlights reinforce the unmistakable expression of the Audi A7 Sportback and
provide all light functions with light-emitting diodes while minimising energy consumption.
Bi-xenon headlights and LED tail lights come standard. The innovative all-weather light function
has also been integrated into the headlights, replacing the classic fog lights.
The sportiness of the exterior carries over into the interior of the A7 Sportback, where Audi
demonstrates its role in automotive design. The salient element is the “wrap-around,” a horizontal
line that encircles the driver and front-seat passenger in the interior to provide a feeling of
safety and security. The wave-shaped application strip with its integrative dynamics is the
salient element of the dashboard.
The utmost care has been devoted to the last detail in the interior. Workmanship is at a
craftsman’s level. Optional climate-control and massage functions are available for the front
seats covered in high-grade Audi leathers. The optional ambient lighting fills the entire interior
Like Audi’s A8 flagship, the new A7 Sportback also combines a new level of technical
intelligence with logical, intuitive ergonomics and self-explanatory operation. The advanced MMI
operating system with central menu button and reduced number of buttons comes standard, while one
of the options is a new head-up display that projects the most important information on the
windshield. The MMI touch system combines a hard drive navigation system with the convenience of
The driver can use the touchpad to perform numerous functions, such as using his or her finger
to write the letters of the destination or the digits of the telephone number.
The on-line services work together with Google to connect the five-door Audi coupe to the
internet via the Bluetooth car phone. A UMTS module delivers images and information from Google
Earth to the monitor and combines them with the navigation route. A WLAN hotspot is used to
connect mobile devices. Further to the Bose sound system, the top-of-the-line option is the
Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen featuring 1,300 watts of power and 15 speakers.
The top navigation system works closely together with the many optional driver assistance and
safety systems in the Audi A7 Sportback. It forwards the route data to the control units for the
headlights, the automatic transmission and the adaptive cruise control with stop & go function,
enabling these systems to recognise complex scenarios. In many cases, the Audi pre sense safety
system can reduce the severity of accidents and their consequences. The new Audi active lane
assist helps the driver to keep the A7 Sportback firmly on course, and the new park assist system
relieves the driver of the chore of steering when parallel parking.
Audi will initially offer the A7 Sportback with a choice of four powerful and cultivated V6
engines: two petrol and two TDI (diesel) units. Their power output ranges from 150 kW to 220 kW,
and their efficiency sets new standards in the vehicle class. The new 3.0 TDI with 150 kW and
multitronic consumes on average just 5.3 litres 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 standard automatic transmissions also play a role in the high efficiency of the Audi A7
Sportback. Audi offers two different transmissions depending on the engines: The continuous
multitronic sends the power to the front wheels, while the sporty seven-speed S tronic works
together with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The latest evolutionary stage of quattro
features a crown-gear centre differential and torque vectoring.
The drive system is particularly flexible and dynamic. The optional sport differential
actively distributes the power between the rear wheels.
The chassis also combines sporty precision with luxurious comfort. The Audi A7 Sportback
rolls on large wheels measuring from 18 to 20 inches in diameter. The chassis features aluminium
control arms and a newly developed power steering system with an electromechanical drive for
high efficiency. The Audi drive select dynamics system is standard and can be supplemented by
the optional adaptive air suspension with controlled damping.
The Audi A7 Sportback is an elegant and an innovative Audi – a car with elegant, sporty
proportions, a long bonnet and wheelbase, short overhangs and 'athletically' curved outer contours.
It marks the next step in the evolution of the design language of Audi.
The Audi A7 Sportback exudes a powerful presence and attraction; it is a car whose design cries
out to be enjoyed. With its low, dynamically accentuated roof line and its balanced proportions, it
looks similar to 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
The large single-frame grille up front has six corners like that of Audi’s A8 flagship, making
it appear even more dynamic. The slats of the grille are painted high-gloss black and adorned with
chrome applications as an expression of quality. Its horizontal posture and the design of the wide
and low air inlets emphasise the width of the Audi A7 Sportback.
As always with Audi, the headlights are small. Their flat contour that widens laterally shifts
the optical focus outward.
The A7 Sportback comes standard with xenon headlights with integrated all-weather lights.
Optionally available here is the Audi adaptive light system, which always offers the appropriate
lighting, whether driving in the city, when turning, on inter-urban roads or on the highway. It
includes continuous headlight range control, which detects other vehicles and adjusts the car’s own
light with smooth transitions.
Audi offers optional all-LED headlights, a major Audi innovation that premiered in the R8 and
the A8. Their white light resembles daylight and is extremely energy-efficient. The zero-maintenance
LED headlights generate unmistakable graphics, day or night.
Three modules comprising high-performance light-emitting diodes, mounted in separate chambers,
generate the low beams. Other light functions include the high beams, the cornering light, the
all-weather light and the highway light. The daytime running lights comprising 18 LEDs appears to be
a continuous band at the lower edge of the headlights, below which are the turn signals comprising
eleven LEDs. The high-beam assistant, which switches between the high and low beams, is a
The side view
The side view of the Audi A7 Sportback is a powerfully drawn line. The roof arch is a flat dome;
the C-pillar stretches endlessly to the rear and flows into the shoulder of the body. Integrated
into the pillar is a third side window with an upward pointing tip – a small homage to the Audi 100
Coupé S from 1969. The ratio of painted body surfaces to the frameless windows is two-thirds to
one-third in the side view, which is also typical for Audi.
The sharp tornado line, the most important design element of the A7 Sportback, extends over the
entire side. It gives the body strong shoulders, like those of an athletic swimmer. The tornado line
starts at the headlights and extends along the fenders, the doors and the rear side walls to the
tail lights. Located above the side sills is the dynamic line.
The large wheel wells housing wheels between 18 and 20 inches in diameter are also typical for
Audi. They underscore the powerful character of the vehicle and offer opportunities for customising
the car’s outward appearance. The dynamically styled exterior mirrors are mounted on the doors. The
agile impression of the A7 Sportback is the result of many subtle solutions. The third side window,
for example, lightens the rear section of the flanks visually.
The line of dynamic elegance encircles a rear end that uses a slight negative indentation to form
a distinctive spoiler lip. The luggage compartment hatch is equipped with a spoiler that
automatically extends at 130 km/h and retracts again at 80 km/h. The diffuser insert is painted in
the body colour and frames the two large, chromed tailpipes of the exhaust system, thus also
emphasising the car’s width.
All surfaces at the rear of the car are vividly modelled; the tips of the divided tail lights
point inwards. With the exception of the reversing light, the tail lights are realised entirely with
LED technology standard. They have been machined in three dimensions and accentuate the sculptural
character of the A7. The tail lights appear to be a homogenous band that forms a broad, U-shaped arc.
The brake lights, which are in the form of a helix, are located inside the arch, above which the turn
signal extends as a straight line.
Audi offers eleven elegant paint finishes for the A7 Sportback. The two solid colours are called
Ibis White and Brilliant Black. The six metallic colours are Ice Silver, Quartz Grey, Oolong Grey,
Moonlight Blue, Havanna Black and Dakota Grey. Rounding out the palette are the three pearl-effect
finishes Phantom Black, Garnet Red and Impala Beige.
From concept car to production
Audi announced the A7 Sportback 18 months ago at the Detroit Motor Show with the Audi Sportback
concept show car. The differences between it and the production model were slight, lying primarily
in the area of the headlights, the single-frame grille, the air inlets, the exterior mirrors and the
rear-end. Almost all of the new ideas in the interior also made it into the production model.
Audi frequently has show cars go into production nearly unchanged. This process expresses one of
the brand’s particular strengths, demonstrating how deeply the Board of Management and all areas of
the company support the visions of the designers. Design is much more than styling at Audi; it is a
reflection of the highly developed technology.
Back in 1993, a luxury sedan in shining silver called the ASF enthralled the public at the
Frankfurt Motor Show. The show car with its unpainted body of polished aluminium was the precursor
to the A8. Two years later Audi provided the first glimpse of the TT, likewise at the Frankfurt Motor
Show. And in 1997, the Al2 show car stood at the same location as a preview of the A2.
In 2003, two spectacular show cars heralded the move into new vehicle classes. In January Audi
presented the Pikes Peak quattro in Detroit. The big, sporty SUV was the precursor to the Q7. In
September, the Audi Le Mans quattro appeared at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was an image of the R8
which came later.
At the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2007, the brand presented the Audi Cross Coupé quattro, which
went into production as the Q5 a short time later. There was even a forerunner of the compact Audi
A1, which is just now coming to market: The Audi A1 project quattro, a hybrid-drive city car, debuted
at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.
The Audi A7 Sportback is 4.97 metres long and has a wheelbase of 2.91 metres. At 1.91 metres wide,
it is only 1.42 metres tall – these proportions allude to the dynamic lines. The cD value is 0.28;
the front surface area measures 2.29 m² . The clean flow of the slipstream – including along the
underbody and as it flows through the engine compartment – was an important objective in the
The noise level on board the new five-door coupe is extremely low thanks to the painstaking
fine-tuning of the aeroacoustics, which also includes the glazing. Even the standard version does a
very good job of attenuating outside noise. Audi offers optional glazing that integrate a special
film with acoustic properties for an added degree of comfort, particularly on long highway
Long-distance comfort and a sporty character are not contradictory at Audi, and this also applies
to the acoustics of the Audi A7 Sportback. Longer drives really let the five-door show off its
luxury-class ride: low noise, low vibrations and perfect vibration comfort. The powerful engines
round out the experience with a cultivated sound.
The acoustics are the combined result of high-end materials and new construction methods. Modern
microfibre non-wovens, an underbody liner and wheel well linings all play a part here.
The high level of vibration comfort is another strength of the Audi A7 Sportback. Hydraulic
damping elements are used consistently for the axles and the subframes, and hydraulically damped
bearings are used for the engines. The engineers tuned these elements using advanced simulation
methods and Audi's comfort test bench – a development tool not found anywhere else in the world.
The body of the Audi A7 Sportback also sets standards with its low weight. The steel/aluminium
mixed-construction body is roughly 15 percent lighter than a comparable all-steel body, placing it
at the head of its class. Take for example the 3.0 TDI with 150 kW and the multitronic transmission.
Minus the driver, the entire car in the base version weighs just 1,695 kilogrammes. The low weight
is the result of the brand’s pioneering lightweight construction technology that intelligently
combines a variety of materials.
More than 20 per cent of the body is made of lightweight aluminium. The strut mounts in the front
of the car are aluminium castings; the strut brace and cross-members behind the front and rear
bumpers are aluminium sections. All add-on parts, such as the front side walls, the bonnet, the rear
hatch and the doors, but also the bulkhead and the cross-member in the luggage compartment, are made
of aluminium panels.
High-end steels of various strength classes make up a large portion of the body. Most commonly
used are the hot-shaped steels, which are used in some zones of the passenger cell and at its
transition to the front-end of the car. They are heated in a pass-through furnace to nearly 1,000
degrees Celsius and shaped immediately thereafter in water-cooled pressing dies. Audi also uses
tailored blanks in many areas. These are panels of various thicknesses that are thicker and stronger
in areas subjected to higher loads.
The body of the Audi A7 Sportback combines low weight with high rigidity and supreme strength. It
thus provides the basis for the sportily precise handling, the high crash safety and the supreme
vibration comfort on board – for the typical Audi ride, in other words.
Air and light, sleek shapes and bright colours: The interior of the A7 Sportback is an emotional
space full of lightness and expanse. Its lines take up the powerful sportiness of the exterior to
demonstrate Audi’s status as the leading brand for vehicle design.
The salient element is the “wrap-around” – a horizontal line encircling the entire cabin. It
extends in a curve from the driver-side door sill across the instrument panel to the passenger-side
door sill. The wrap-around embeds the driver and front-seat passenger into the interior. The
exterior and interior form a harmonious design element. The frame of the door opener invokes the
shape of the rear side window from the exterior.
The large arch integrates a low and slender instrument panel that slopes slightly downward
toward the passengers. The application strip with its integrative dynamics is the salient element
of the dashboard. Its face forms a wave oriented toward the driver, and even the dividing line
between the upper and the lower segments is in the shape of an S. The centre air vents follow this
line and are shaped like a wing.
Audi’s legendary attention to detail characterises the entire interior of the A7 Sportback, just
as it does in the A8 sedan. Materials are chosen with the utmost care; the uncompromising
workmanship is on a craftsman’s level.
The strongly driver-oriented cockpit comprises the instrument cluster, the air vents and the
control elements. The aluminium finish highlights the rotary knobs. Both the shift gate and the
start-stop button feature subtle red backlighting.
Audi will immediately be offering a wide range of upholsteries and decorative elements,
including Milano and Valcona fine leathers, a leather/Alcantara combination and a leather package
for the centre console, the armrests in the doors and the door pull handles.
Audi offers inlays in a choice of two aluminium applications and two types of wood: natural
brown fine grain ash and dark brown walnut. A veneer of layered oak will be available later. Audi
has made significant advances in the technique of cutting veneers from a single block and uses
painstakingly prepared and treated oak.
Controls and interior
The A7 Sportback offers a full range of functions, yet its controls are simple and intuitive.
The large, clearly marked dial instruments with their red needles and the display of the driver
information system (DIS) are located under a flat cowl. They appear three-dimensional and
The optional driver information display – either 5 or 7 inches and white or in colour
depending on the version – bundles a lot of important information and settings in a logical menu
structure and is controlled using the leather multifunction steering wheel. Another standard
feature is the on-board computer with efficiency programme. It provides tips for efficient
shifting, includes a gear-change indicator and shows how individual systems affect fuel
The central on-board monitor, the standard version of which measures 6.5 inches and has a
high-gloss black frame, is recessed into the centre of the dashboard. It extends electrically
upward in an elegant motion when the ignition is switched on. The instrument panel, which is
inclined toward the driver, contains the control unit for the air conditioning system and
secondary switches for direct access to the most important functions. All other functions are
offloaded to the MMI (Multimedia Interface) operating system located on the wide, asymmetrical
tunnel, which forms a separate component with no connection to the centre console.
The operating logic of the MMI is exemplary. The hard keys are used to jump directly to the
main menus; the soft keys and the central rotary pushbutton are used to navigate within them.
The driver can jump to the menu overview at any time using a central menu button. The central
rotary pushbutton is used to select the desired menus and functions. The main functions of the
audio system make up one logical unit and are consolidated in the main control element. The
electromechanical parking brake leaves a lot of room on the centre tunnel for a comfortable,
steplessly height-adjustable centre armrest, a telephone and a large storage compartment.
Audi offers a new feature as an option in the A7 Sportback – a head-up display. It projects
the most important data onto the windshield as symbols and digits that appear to float at a
distance of roughly 2.5 metres. The driver assimilates this information extremely quickly
because his or her eyes, accustomed to distance vision while driving, do not have to adjust. The
driver can use the MMI to determine which information the head-up display should show, such as
speed, the navigation arrows or the indications from the assistance systems.
The Audi A7 Sportback is designed as a four-seater. Its front seats are mounted sportily low.
Ten-way seats are standard. Options include power adjustment, a memory function and seat
The deluxe seats offer 20-way power and pneumatic adjustments. These are available with
ventilation using a novel and particular effective suction technology and a function in which
ten air chambers massage the back according to one of five programmes. Customers with sporty
tastes can choose the sport seats with their prominent side bolsters and 14-way adjustment.
In the back of the A7 Sportback are two comfortable individual seats. The long wheelbase
provides for generous amounts of space. Even large folks enjoy ample headroom and easy entry.
Spacious and practical storage is available at all of the seats.
The Audi A7 Sportback is a versatile car for active people. Its long rear hatch that extends
far up into the roof covers a large luggage compartment lined with fine carpeting. Its low
loading lip helps make it convenient to use. Standard capacity is 535 litres, which increases
to 1,390 litres by folding down the split rear seat backs, which is a matter of a few easy
The rear hatch comes standard with an electric drive unit. It opens high, and the opening
angle can be programmed using the buttons on the inside of the hatch. The split cover is never
in the way while loading the luggage compartment. Its short segment is connected to the body,
the long segment to the hatch. Audi offers an optional load-through hatch with a ski sack and
a reversible mat. With the trailer hitch, the A7 Sportback can tow up to 2,100 kilogrammes.
Driver assistance systems
Audi offers a wide range of the latest-generation driver assistance systems. They are
tightly networked with one another and other systems in the vehicle, making them extremely
capable and versatile. The respective control units are connected via the fast and modern
FlexRay bus system, allowing the driver assistance and chassis systems to be precisely
The heart of the driver assistance systems is the new adaptive cruise control with stop &
go function (ACC). It uses the data from four radar sensors, a video camera and the ultrasonic
sensors, incorporates navigation data and analyses a multitude of additional signals, from the
activity of the turn signals to the steering angle to trailer detection. Its functions range
from automatic stop & go in rush-hour traffic to the electronic monitoring of high-speed
highway driving at speeds of up to 250 km/h.
The driver uses the MMI system to determine how the vehicle should behave in ACC mode. The
choices are “dynamic” – powerful acceleration when the roads are clear, spontaneous and direct
when following traffic; “standard” – balanced in all situations; or relaxed and fuel-efficient
cruising in “comfort” mode.
Another system is Audi side assist, which from speeds of 30 km/h upwards warns the driver
of critical situations when changing lanes. It uses radar to monitor the space behind the A7
Sportback. The speed limit display detects important traffic signs and their supplemental
signs with a camera and shows them in the instrument cluster display or in the optional
head-up display. The night vision assistant uses a thermal imaging camera and highlights
persons that it detects in front of the vehicle. It projects its black-and-white images onto
the instrument cluster display. If it detects a potentially hazardous situation, it marks the
person red and optionally displays a warning symbol in the head-up display.
The Audi pre sense safety system is available in a number of different versions in the A7
Sportback. It uses the highly networked systems on board and initiates preventive measures in
the event of an imminent collision. In the version Audi pre sense basic, the system reacts
when it detects an instable driving situation. The front seatbelts are electrically tensioned;
the sunroof and the side windows are closed, leaving just a small gap; and the traffic behind
Audi pre sense front is available in combination with ACC stop & go. Its job is to prevent
rear-end collisions with the vehicle ahead or to mitigate the consequences of such accidents.
If the driver does not brake sharply enough in a critical situation, the system autonomously
increases the brake pressure. If necessary, it initiates partial braking and tightens the belts
as a precaution. If the person at the wheel still does not react, Audi pre sense front
increases the braking force in a second stage and initiates preventive measures. If Audi pre
sense plus is installed and the accident can no longer be avoided, emergency braking is
initiated to reduce the speed by up to 40 km/h.
Audi pre sense rear is coupled with Audi side assist. If it detects a critical situation –
an imminent rear-end collision – it ensures that the traffic behind is alarmed via the
emergency flashers. If the situation escalates, preventive protective measures are
The electromechanical power steering in the Audi A7 Sportback allows the use of two new
assistance systems. One of them is Audi active lane assist, which uses a camera to detect the
lane markings on the road.
If the driver does not stay in the lane, the system intervenes gently in the steering to
steer the A7 Sportback back on course. The system can take vehicles and objects in the
adjacent lane into account while doing so.
The second innovation is the park assist system, which is the top version of the three
parking aid systems offered by Audi. It uses ultrasonic sensors that detect parallel and
horizontal parking spaces on the side of the road while driving slowly. If the space is large
enough, the system takes over parallel parking at the push of a button. The driver only has
to apply the accelerator and brake. The park assist system manoeuvres the A7 Sportback into
the parking space. The system can parallel park with multiple forward and reversing motions,
and can also park the car in spaces perpendicular to the road.
Infotainment and navigation are two other fields of technology where the Audi A7 Sportback
sets new standards. In addition to the standard MMI radio, Audi offers three optional systems:
MMI radio plus, MMI navigation and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. All four systems have
a retracting monitor.
Except for MMI navigation plus, all MMI versions uses a 6.5-inch monitor. An 8-inch monitor
is included in combination with MMI touch. The system integrates a large hard drive that can
also be used to store music and files, convenient voice control and a Bluetooth interface. Its
high-resolution 8-inch monitor displays map images and many points of interest in three
As in the Audi A8 luxury sedan, MMI touch comes with a groundbreaking innovation – a
touchpad with black panel technology. The driver enters a destination or a telephone number
by drawing the letters and numbers on the touch-sensitive control panel with a finger. The
system provides acoustic feedback so that the driver’s eyes can stay on the road. MMI touch
also recognises the characters of Asian languages.
Networked intelligence: predictive route data
The navigation system works closely together with the other systems on board the A7
Sportback. It reads the road ahead from the 3D navigation data and provides predictive data
to the control units for the automatic transmission, the adaptive cruise control with stop &
go function and the headlights, enabling these systems to recognise complex scenarios.
Another groundbreaking feature in the Audi A7 Sportback is the on-line services provided
in collaboration with Google. They deliver on-line news and current information from the
internet to the A7 Sportback via the Bluetooth car phone. A UMTS module pulls images and
information from Google Earth up on the monitor and combines them with the navigation route.
A WLAN hotspot provides contact to mobile devices on board, such as an iPad or a laptop. The
driver can use all of these services with their existing cellular phone contract.
Audi likewise offers a number of attractive multimedia modules, from the Bose sound
system to the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 1,300 watts of power. Its 15 speakers,
which include two acoustic lenses that extend from the instrument panel when the system is
switched on, have elegant aluminium housings. The amplifiers for the woofers are particularly
The Audi A7 Sportback will hit the market with four direct-injection V6 engines: two petrol
units and two diesels. Ranging from 150 to 220 kW, the engines propel the car smoothly and
powerfully, with astonishing efficiency. The 3.0 TDI multitronic with front-wheel drive and
150 kW consumes on average just 5.3 litres of fuel per 100 km, corresponding to CO2 emissions
of just 139 g per km. All engines use Audi’s thermal management system, a recuperation system
and a start-stop system.
Audi has revised the two petrol engines, the 2.8 FSI and the 3.0 TFSI, with respect to
internal friction and thermal management. The engines quickly come up to operating temperature
following a cold start. A separate heat exchanger is used to also bring the transmission up to
temperature. The 2.8 FSI has an additional efficiency technology on board – the Audi valvelift
system varies the stroke of the intake valves as needed. This enables the engine to breathe
with significantly reduced throttle losses in many partial-load ranges, boosting torque and
reducing fuel consumption.
The 2.8 FSI produces 150 kW and 280 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm. The torque is available from
3,000 to 5,000 rpm. Audi matches this engine with the S tronic transmission and quattro
all-wheel drive. The A7 Sportback 2.8 FSI quattro sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds
and has a top speed of 235 km/h. It consumes just 8.0 litres of fuel per 100 km on average,
which corresponds to only 187 grammes of CO2/km.
With the top petrol engine, the 3.0 TFSI, a supercharger compresses the intake air for
improved efficiency and performance. The three-litre V6 produces 220 kW between 5,250 and 6,500
rpm, and delivers 440 Nm of torque between 2,900 and 4,500 rpm. The supercharged engine, which
in Europe is matched to the S tronic and the quattro powertrain, gives the five-door coupe the
performance of a sports car.
The standard sprint takes 5.6 seconds, and top speed is limited to 250 km/h. Standard fuel
consumption is just 8.2 litres per 100 km , corresponding to 190 grammes CO2 per km.
The 3.0 TDI is available in two versions. The more powerful version of the big diesel, which
has been completely redesigned, produces 180 kW between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm and 500 Nm of
torque between 1,400 and 3,250 rpm. The S tronic and quattro all-wheel drive are also standard
here. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 6.5 seconds and top speed is limited to 250 km/h.
Efficiency is impressive: just 6.0 litres of fuel per 100 km on average, which corresponds to
only 158 grammes of CO2/km.
The second version of the 3.0 TDI, which will follow somewhat later, does even better in
It produces 150 kW between 3,750 and 4,500 rpm. With front-wheel drive and the stepless
multitronic automatic transmission, it really flaunts its efficiency: 139 grams CO2 per km and
an average fuel consumption of 5.3 litres per 100 km are groundbreaking figures. With the new
Efficiency TDI, the front-wheel drive A7 Sportback accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1
seconds and reaches a top speed of 234 km/h.
With the 3.0 TDI with 150 kW, the timing of the cam shafts, the turbocharger and the common
rail system with an injection pressure of 2,000 bar have been designed specifically for low fuel
consumption. With front-wheel drive, the V6 diesel produces 400 Nm of torque. The power is
continuously available between 1,250 and 3,500 rpm. With quattro all-wheel drive, it is 450 Nm
of torque that is available between 1,250 and 3,500 rpm.
Some of the efficiency of the Audi A7 Sportback can be attributed to the transmission. Audi
provides two different technologies. The multitronic sends the power to the front wheels; the
seven-speed S tronic is paired with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Both transmissions are characterised by low internal friction and high efficiency. They
feature a wide spread with long gear ratios for high-speed driving. The transmissions are
integrated into the engine’s thermal management system and can access the predictive route data
from the navigation system. Both the multitronic and the S tronic have the differential upstream
of the clutch, i.e. directly behind the engine. This enabled the development engineers to place
the front axle far to the front for a longer wheelbase and more even distribution of axle loads.
The continuous multitronic automatic transmission, which has been intensively revised for use in the A7
Sportback, allows the engine to constantly run in the range for its optimal efficiency. Its smoothness
shines in everyday driving. It offers a sport mode and a manual mode with eight fixed gear ratios for a
sporty driving experience. As with the seven-speed S tronic, the driver can change gears using the selector
lever or the paddles on the steering wheel.
The seven-speed S tronic combines the convenience of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual
transmission. Shifts are performed by switching between two independent clutches that service different
gears. They take only a few hundredths of a second and are so smooth that they are barely noticeable. Two
fully automatic programmes are available in addition to the manual mode.
The A7 Sportback comes with the new evolutionary stage of quattro permanent all-wheel drive that
debuted in the RS 5 high-performance coupe. The new quattro drive system provides superior stability and
traction, enabling the Audi A7 Sportback to easily pull away from its rear-wheel drive competitors when
exiting a corner.
Its central component is the crown-gear centre differential. It can widely vary the distribution of
torque between the front and rear axles very quickly, with up to 70 per cent flowing to the front or as
much as 85 per cent to the rear, if necessary. The default 40:60 ratio offers a sporty rear bias. The new
differential is compact and lightweight.
The crown-gear centre differential comes standard in combination with torque vectoring, which is also
new. The electronic system can act on each of the four wheels individually. If the load on the inside
wheel is reduced too much while the car is being driven dynamically, that wheel is braked ever so slightly
and almost unnoticeably before it can begin to slip.
Audi offers the sport differential, a high-tech axle drive, as a complementary option that actively
distributes the power between the rear wheels. When the driver steers or accelerates in a curve, much of
the torque flows to the outside wheel – in turn perfectly re-orienting the car. The system nips any
tendency for oversteer or understeer in the bud, giving the large five-door coupe maximum dynamics and
The Audi A7 Sportback combines the supreme comfort of a luxury sedan with the handling of a sporty
coupe thanks to its sophisticated chassis. All control arms and many other components are made of
aluminium. The track measures 1.64 metres up front and 1.63 metres at the rear. The five-link front
suspension and the track-controlled, trapezoidal link rear suspension provide for superior driving and
The electromechanical steering of the A7 Sportback has been developed from the ground up. Its servo
boost varies as a function of driving speed. Steering feel is precise and sensitive; the steering ratio
of 15.87:1 is very direct. The new electromechanical power steering is also very efficient because it
does not have to draw any energy while driving straight ahead. It saves as much as 0.3 litres per 100 km.
The steering works closely together with the optional Audi active lane assist system.
The Audi Q7 comes standard with a comfortable steel-spring suspension. An optional sport suspension
with a 10-millimetre lower ride height is also available, and quattro GmbH offers an even tauter sport
suspension. Audi also offers an optional air suspension with four electronically controlled shock
absorbers. The adaptive air suspension has been redesigned, with struts up front and separate air springs
and dampers in the back.
The system sets the ride height of the body to one of three different levels as a function of speed
and the wishes of the driver. It lowers the body on the highway for improved stability and lower fuel
Another feature in the Audi A7 Sportback is the Audi drive select driving dynamics system. The standard
version incorporates the automatic transmission, the electromechanical power steering and the engine control
unit. The driver can vary the function of these components between the four modes “comfort,” “auto,” “dynamic”
and “individual.” Additional modules can also be integrated, including the adaptive air suspension, quattro
with sport differential and adaptive light.
The Audi A7 Sportback is equipped with a powerful brake system. All discs are internally ventilated. The
five-door coupe rolls on large, 18-inch alloy wheels; the 255/45 tyres are equipped with a pressure monitor.
Additionally, 19-inch and 20-inch wheels are also available. The 20-inch wheels are available with a chrome
finish, in two colours or partly or fully polished. All tyres have been optimised for rolling resistance, with
run-flat versions available as an option.
Equipment and trim
The Audi A7 Sportback will debut with an array of standard features. These include the automatic air
conditioning system, keyless ignition via the engine start-stop button, the four-spoke leather multifunction
steering wheel, the xenon headlights, the LED tail lights, the MMI radio with the 6.5-inch monitor, the
electromechanical parking brake, the power rear hatch, the 18-inch alloy wheels and an acoustic windshield. The
safety package leaves nothing to be desired, with two front, side and head airbags, four belt tensioners and the
integral head restraint system.
A wide range of optional equipment is available for even greater comfort and convenience. These include the
head-up display, a park assist system, a speed limit display, a four-zone automatic air conditioning system, an
auxiliary heating system, insulating/acoustic glazing, a heated steering wheel rim, a power-adjustable steering
column, sunblind for the rear window, two ambient lighting packages, power-assisted closing for the doors, a
garage door opener and the convenience key for keyless vehicle access. The choice of seats is also first-class –
from power-adjustable comfort seats with heating, cooling and massage to sport seats. A storage package keeps
The development of the automatic air conditioning system logically continued the Audi strategy of offering
efficient air conditioning systems to reduce the associated additional fuel consumption/CO2 emissions. The
refrigeration cycle of the new Audi A7 Sportback represents the latest generation and offers market-leading
Audi has prepared a large number of special features for those who appreciate the exceptional: a leather
package, various decorative inlays, black window styling and an S line sport package that drapes the interior
in black. It is combined with a taut sport suspension, 19-inch wheels, sport seats and a special leather
steering wheel. There is a complementary S line exterior package with updates to the exterior design available
as an option. A number of additional suggestions are included in the Audi exclusive programme.
The lighting technology
Lighting technology is an Audi strength. The adaptive light with continuous headlight range control is
available as an option for the A7 Sportback with xenon plus headlights. The top-of-the-line version is the LED
headlights with the high-beam assistant, which automatically switches between the high and low beams.
The brand also offers a choice of attractive technologies for the chassis. These are quattro all-wheel drive
with sport differential as a complement to quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the adaptive air suspension and a
range of wheels in sizes up to 20 inches.
The large five-door coupe also features state-of-the-art assistance systems. Audi offers the night vision
assistant with highlighting of detected pedestrians, various versions of the Audi pre sense safety system,
adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, the speed limit display, Audi side assist and Audi active lane
assist. There are even three different parking aid systems to make parking easier – with classic sensors, with
a reversing camera and with an autonomous parking function with the park assist system.
Navigation and communication are covered by the MMI operating system, which is available in three versions
with and without navigation. There is also the online Bluetooth car phone, three sound systems, a TV module, a
DVD changer and a digital radio tuner.
Following its debut in Munich last Monday, Audi is scheduled to begin delivering the Audi A7 Sportback in
Europe from late this year. Right-hand drive model deliveries begin in the UK in early 2011. An Australian
release will occur after that. Stay tuned to Next Car for further details, including model availability
and the relevant specifications.