This is the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback, a new car from the German manufacturer set to take on the Mercedes-Benz CLS. As you can see from the photos, the new car continue Audi’s design philosophy which will fit perfectly between the A6 and A8 sedans. As you may know already, the new car is actually a production version of the Audi Sportback Concept which was unveiled last year at the Detroit Auto Show and its design (like all the cars from Audi) is dominated by the deep front grille, stylish headlights, a low nose and by the stylish rear which completes the ‘four-door coupé’ shape. The new A7 which will go on sale this fall with prices starting from €51,650, will include a choice of four diesel engines, all of them with fitted with direct injection, Audi’s thermal management system, stop-start tech and brake energy recuperation. The new A7 will include a choice of four diesel engines, all of them with fitted with direct injection, Audi’s thermal management system, stop-start tech and brake energy recuperation.
An entry-level model will be fitted with the 2.8-liter V6 petrol engine capable to deliver 150 kW (204 hp) and 280 Nm (206.52 lb-ft) of torque at 5,250 rpm, but a more powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine will also be available and will deliver 220 kW (300 hp) between 5,250 and 6,500 rpm, and 440 Nm (324.53 lb-ft) of torque between 2,900 and 4,500 rpm. With the new 2.8 FSI engine the new car can sprint to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.3 seconds and has a top speed of 235 km/h (146.02 mph). Also this version delivers a fuel consumption of just 100 km (29.40 US mpg) and only 187 grams of CO2/km (300.95 g/mile). The version equipped with the 3.0 FSI engine sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 5.6 seconds and has a top speed limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Standard fuel consumption is just 8.2 liters per 100 km (28.68 US mpg), corresponding to 190 grams CO2 per km (305.78 g/mile). The 3.0 TDI diesel engine is available in two versions.
A more powerful version delivering 180 kW (245 hp) between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm and 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) of torque between 1,400 and 3,250 rpm with the S tronic and quattro all-wheel drive as standard. This version can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Efficiency is impressive: just 6.0 liters of fuel per 100 km (39.20 US mpg) on average, which corresponds to only 158 grams of CO2/km (254.28 g/mile). The second version of the 3.0 TDI delivers 150 kW (204 hp) between 3,750 and 4,500 rpm and uses a front-wheel drive and the stepless multitronic automatic transmission. It can reach 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 234 km/h (145.40 mph). It really flaunts its efficiency: 139 grams CO2 per km (223.70 g/mile) and an average fuel consumption of 5.3 liters per 100 km (44.38 US mpg) are groundbreaking figures.
The new A7 Sportback with come with many standard features such as the deluxe 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. Regarding the safety, the new model will offer two front, side and head airbags, four belt tensioners and the integral head restraint system. As an option, Audi will offer 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, sunblinds 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.