2011 Audi A7 Sportback: official details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

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.

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.


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.

Press Release

Audi A7 Sportback

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 will roll into dealerships in the fall, with prices starting at €51,650.

Emotion-packed design, sporty character and innovative technology: Audi is targeting a new market segment with the A7 Sportback. The large five-door model with the dynamically accentuated rear end 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 A7 Sportback is pure high-tech. Its body is very lightweight thanks to numerous aluminum components. The elegant interior shows a craftsman’s level of workmanship. The four V6 engines combine refined power with groundbreaking efficiency. The 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) and multitronic has CO2 emissions of just 139 grams per kilometer (223.70 g/mile). 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 very low even at fast highway speeds, with the V6 engines providing refined acoustic feedback as their power unfolds.

The excellent vibrational comfort likewise contributes to the atmosphere of cultured tranquility on board. This is the result of painstakingly tuning all components, systematic hydraulic damping in the axle and drivetrain bearings and the extremely stiff body. The body is comprised primarily of aluminum and high-tech steels, making it extremely 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-liter (18.89 cu ft) capacity swells to a volume of 1,390 liters (49.09 cu ft) with the rear seat backrests folded down.

With the A7 Sportback, which will be rolling into dealerships in the fall at a base price of €51,600, Audi is taking up a new design line representing elegance on a grand scale. The five-door coupe is 4.97 meters (16.31 ft) long and 1.91 meters (6.27 ft) wide, but only 1.42 meters (4.66 ft) high. Its long hood, the short front overhang, the long wheelbase, the sportily flowing C-pillars and the sharply dropping rear create a dynamic overall impression. The five-door coupe is an aesthetic athlete with a wide, powerful road stance.

Optional LED headlights reinforce the unmistakable expression of the A7 Sportback and provide all light functions with light-emitting diodes while minimizing 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 sinewy sportiness of the exterior carries over into the interior of the A7 Sportback, where Audi again demonstrates its leading 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 every 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 with atmosphere.

Like Audi’s A8 flagship, the 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 touchpad input.

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 online 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 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 recognize 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 gasoline and two TDI units. Their power output ranges from 150 kW (204 hp) to 220 kW (300 hp), and their efficiency sets impressive new standards in the vehicle class. The new 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) and multitronic consumes on average just 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of just 139 g per km (223.70 g/mile). 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 center 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 aluminum 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

Design and body

  • Elegant coupe design with four doors and a large, wide-opening luggage compartment hatch that opens and closes electrically (standard)
  • 4.97 meters (16.31 ft) long; variable luggage compartment with up to 1,390 liters (49.09 cu ft) of capacity
  • LED headlights optional; bi-xenon headlights and LED tail lights standard
  • Lightweight body, large percentage of aluminum and high-strength steels

Interior and controls

  • Elegant, modern lines, a craftsman’s level of workmanship, elegant colors and materials, novel layered wood inserts
  • Start-stop button standard
  • Front seats optionally with ventilation and massage function
  • MMI radio operating system standard; head-up display available as an option
  • Optional MMI navigation plus system with touchpad and large 8-inch display, Internet services from Google, Audi music interface and Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System
  • Optional ambient lighting package with LED technology in the roof module, in the center console ringed with lights and the illuminated door sill trims
  • Advanced safety and assistance systems such as Audi pre sense, adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, Audi active lane assist, night vision assistant, speed limit display and park assist system
  • Highly efficient, fuel-saving climate control system


  • Four V6 engines – two powerful and highly efficient gasoline and TDI units each  with power ranging from 150 kW (204 hp) to 220 kW (300 hp)
  • All engines with thermal management, start-stop system and energy recovery
  • 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) and multitronic (front-wheel drive) with just 139 g CO2/km (223.70 g/mile)


  • Front-wheel drive with multitronic; quattro all-wheel drive combined with seven-speed S tronic
  • quattro with crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring
  • quattro with sport differential for the active distribution of power at the rear axle available as an option


  • Sophisticated chassis construction, aluminum control arms
  • Newly developed, high-efficiency electromechanical power steering
  • Audi drive select assistance system comes standard
  • Optionally available adaptive air suspension with controlled damping
  • 18-inch to 20-inch wheels, powerful brakes
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