The German car maker finally announced the all-wheel-drive version of the A7 Sportback with the 3.0 liter TDI 204PS engine, priced from £41,675.
If we compare it with the front-wheel-drive version powered by the same 3.0 TDI 204PS diesel engine, that’s about 2 grand more. Mated to an eight-speed multitronic continuously variable transmission this engine enables the car to go from zero to 62 mph in 7.4 seconds (quattro 7.2 seconds)and on to a 146mph top speed, while at the same time offering the potential for 55.4mpg fuel economy with low 135g/km CO2 emissions (quattro 48.7mpg and 152 g/km).
The new car can also be ordered with the naturally aspirated 204PS 2.8-litre or supercharged 300PS 3.0-litre petrol units, and the 245PS 3.0-litre TDI.
A7 Sportback key features include 18-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, Milano leather upholstery, the Multi Media Interface (MMI) with 6.5-inch colour display incorporating satellite navigation, Audi drive select adaptive dynamics, powered tailgate operation and light and rain sensors.
The new model, A7 Quattro, in SE trim level offers Audi Parking System Plus with audible and diagrammatical parking aids, cruise control, heated and electrically adjustable front seats and the Audi Music Interface iPod connection. The top rung belongs to the S line models, which upgrade further to 19-inch alloy wheels, Valcona leather upholstery, S line interior and exterior styling treatments, S line sports seats and S line sports suspension.
Options: “You can choose all-LED headlights, a thermal imaging camera for night vision and, for maximum benefit from the quattro system, a sport differential which can apportion torque between the rear wheels for even greater handling agility and adjustability. Options with a more business class slant include MMI Touch with its 8-inch monitor, fingertip sensitive touch pad, 3D navigation mapping and sizeable hard disk; a UMTS module with wireless WLAN link feeding the navigation system with Google Earth maps and creating a WiFi hotspot in the car for mobile internet access; and a head-up display. The list of more indulgent luxuries includes comfort seats with heating, cooling and massaging functions, a parallel and perpendicular parking assistant, acoustic glazing, a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with 1,300 watts of power, digital TV reception and ambient LED interior lighting.”