• Jul 28, 2010
Audi A7 Sportback – Click above to watch video after the jump

It will still be awhile before you can get an up close and personal look at the new Audi A7 Sportback. Since Audi recently flooded the interwebs with an array of images, you've likely already made up your mind as to whether you loathe or love the BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo competitor, but there's nothing like being able to walk around a vehicle for yourself without the cumbersome medium of a photographer's lens between you and the sheet metal. Fortunately, Audi has been so kind as to share a lengthy studio walk-around video of the new quad-ring creation.

The flick lingers over just about every inch of the A7 Sportback, including the interior and exterior. We get a quick peep at the car's mechanized rear spoiler, as well as the cavernous amounts of room under the lengthy hatch. It may not be quite the same as getting your finger prints all over the paint, but it's dang close. Hit the jump to take a look.



[Source: YouTube via World Car Fans]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Truely fantastic, just like the Detroit show car. I never thought they would use the Detroit show cars taillights, as Audi had started to put taillights that did not always have clear design. But, these are perfect, back to the very best classic and smooth design. The best yet from them-great! I would take this as soon as possible and it blows the others available from BMW and Porsche out. But, BMW is getting better and the grand Coupe looks great, but the 5 series etc GT are terrible and really no reason to compare them with the A7. Now the Aston Rapide, oh yeh, it's very nice too. And beautiful hpmage to the classic Audi 100 C !
      • 4 Years Ago
      You people are nuts. The rear end looks droopy and just...sad. I don't even really like the Panamera, but that looks better than this. This car is not art. You guys are just too brainwashed by Audi's design team into thinking that anything they put out is beautiful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is how you do a big 5-door sedan.

      and also, THIS IS HOW YOU DO A CHMSL. From NOW ON, This is how CHMSLs should be implemented!

      Wide, clear, HIGH-MOUNTED, and a bit forward from the back end of the car. A semi tractor behind this car might actually still be able to see the CHMSL at the top of the rear glass, and the top of the hatch, wether it be inside the glass, or outside the glass, built into the outer surface, like this car.

      It is utterly stupid and pointless to put them nearly in-line with the normal tail lights, on the back of the car.

      Love the LED lighting all over the car.

      I can't see why sporty sedan owners don't love the idea of a lift back, and fold-down rear seats.

      I hope they make an S or RS model of this car. RS5's 450hp V8, or the Audi/Lambo V10... RS5's DSG gearbox, and torque vectoring rear diff/brakes. RS5/RS6 like subtle fender flares and aggressive fascias. A black mesh grille. A blacked out roof, from windshield to hatch-glass... a black, aluminum and carbon-fiber interior. All the sporty stuff. It already has an RS5-like rising rear spoiler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't like that Audi makes the full width the standard illumination.
        A variable width should be the standard for variable effort brake lights. [1/3 normal, 3/3 maximum braking, easily accomplished via LED, and who doesn't use LED for their CHMSL now a days?]
        The positioning is good. Looks to have negligible effect on aerodynamics.
        Looks like the Lexus LS, but better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Clearly better-looking than the 5GT or Panamera, though frankly that's not saying much. The back is slightly reminiscent of the original VW D1/Phaeton concept, though its overall proportions may have been even better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. It's lovely. I like many of the details. Well done Audi.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. Just wow. so elegent, even more cogent and luxuriousness in design than the a5 sportback without encroaching on any bently turf (though the A8's gunna have a hard time with this one, different strokes I know, and i'm sure audi will castrate the interior options to keep it just below the a8). Anywho, gorgeous, probably the best of the new audis to date, including the amazing a5.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a huge Audi sedan fan, feel they all look alike but this looks beautiful. Love it in this color.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice Panamera from the side XD
      • 4 Years Ago
      I quite like it, and I have to say that I may prefer the Audi over the BMW GT. The proportions of this car are very attractive. There's something about the hind quarter of the BMW that just doesn't look proper.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A7 is NOT a 5GT competitor, the 6 series grancoupe cleared for production is. You'd think autoblog could actually get it right...
        • 4 Years Ago
        *nevermind
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, my mistake. I meant the BMW Gran Coupe concept. Thank you for pointing that out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One reason why the roofline of the Panamera for example sucks is that the former Porsche CEO Wiedeking who stands at 6'4" wanted to fit in those backseats properly.
      so if u want to make thses new generations of 4-door coupes look good u have to reduce the amount of headroom, like Audi with the A7 or Aston Martin with the Rapide, it is inevitable. But the looks make up for the reduced headroom imho, people in the back are secondary anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Clear lines ,classy appearance, the car is Art.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know if I would go that far, but at the very least this puts the 5GT and the Panamera to shame...
        • 4 Years Ago
        wrong, as design boss Sielaff pointed out, The styling is a hommage to the Audi 100 Coupe from the 70s:

        http://www.carprices24.com/cars/audi/audi-100-coupe-s/Audi_100_Coupe_S_3.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dunno, a Panamera Turbo looked pretty good passing me on the highway the other day, both in my mirror and through my windshield; its a car that needs to be moving to be appreciated I think. Or maybe I was looking at the car and all I saw was the engine.

        I look at the profile and I see Audi-fied 6-Series with back doors. That takes nothing away from it looking damn nice though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Art? I don't know about that... it's not bad, but I don't like its butt. It has a droopy butt. And as we all know, butts are important....

        Also, for some (obvious) reason the first thing that came into my mind when I saw it, is this old skoda 110R coupe....

        http://s110r-foto.ic.cz/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=1
      • 4 Years Ago
      geez what a beautiful car. this and the a5 sportback make sedans look dated. too bad rear headroom is compromised.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If people need rear headroom for more tall adults, chances are a Minivan or CUV, such as the Q5 or Q7, or a full-height A8 sedan is probably in order.

        Chances are, anyone up to a 6-footer probably fits fine in the rear seat just fine, and the taller passengers sit in the front two seats.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One reason why the roofline of the Panamera for example sucks is that the former Porsche CEO Wiedeking who stands at 6'4" wanted to fit in those backseats properly.
        so if u want to make thses new generations of 4-door coupes look good u have to reduce the amount of headroom, like Audi with the A7 or Aston Martin with the Rapide, it is inevitable. But the looks make up for the reduced headroom imho, people in the back are secondary anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It isn't that the back seat can't be used.

        It is that the back seat isn't for tall men. Tall men may have to sit in the front seats. If you typically have more than 2 tall men in the car, a more traditional sedan, or a CUV/SUV is a better vehicle for that.

        This car is not a town car or a non-stretched Limousine. Frankly the Panamera shouldn't try to be one, either.

        This is not a car for a tall man to be chauffeured around in. That is more for the Rolls, Bentleys, Bugatti Galibier, and other full-roof-height, 3-box sedans.

        THIS car, and other slick sport sedans, are for men to DRIVE. You don't drive from the back seat. the kids, or the wives sit in the back seat and play or socialize, respectively. The man, or 2 men sit in the front seat, and enjoy the CAR.

        This car, or any sport sedan with a sleek roofline like this, is not made for more than two tall adults. Average height men, average to tall women, or adults of shorter height, and children, likely fit fine under the lower roofline.

        Not every car has to be everything to every one. If you need an A6 or A8, then get one of those. If you need a Q7 get one of those. If you need a Range Rover, get a Range Rover.

        Personally, I want the liftback hatchback, and I am STILL livid that the A5 Sportback, and S5 Sportback aren't being imported to the US. I want one of those MORE than I want an A4 or S4. If A5 and S5 COUPES came with the liftback, I would go for the 3 door. I don't really even need the rear side doors, frankly.

        TT is too short of length, bulky for it's diminutive size, and too FWD. If it were longer, lower, and wider, based on the A4/A5/S4 driveline... it would be something. If it wants to be a small sports car, it should be replaced by the upcoming mid-engined RWD BlueSport/R4 program, as a small sports car, like an VW/Audi answer to the Elise and Evora.

        But I am glad that companies exercise the product versatility of several body styles for those who do. If they would just import all the stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BoxerFanatic - well put!
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