Audi has revealed the nip/tuck and stylistic upgrades for the A7 that we got clues to in spy shots from back in January. The single-frame grille has been subtly reworked along with the lower front fascia and headlights. Those bulbs are underlined by a new design for the LED DRLs, and – in Europe – they can be had with Matrix Beam LEDs that come with dynamic turn signals. Out back is a tweaked bumper, as well as new exhaust tips and taillights with an LED pattern that mimics the front lights.

Cockpit inhabitants get new surface treatments like the aluminum and Beaufort walnut inlays, Valcona leather and five possible colors for the seats. The company's MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch is fitted with an Nvidia chip for faster graphics processing, and LTE-enabled internet connectivity is standard.

Up front, the 3.0-liter bi-turbo TDI gets a power boost to 320 horsepower and is attached to an eight-speed transmission; a seven-speed S tronic transmission is paired to the rest of the line. The revised 3.0-liter V6 TDI recently discussed at the Vienna Motor Symposium also joins the lineup, here offered in both the 272-hp and 218-hp variants, that latter "ultra" version said to return 50 US miles per gallon.

When they go on sale later this year, they'll start at 51,300 euros ($70,043 in US dollars) for the A7 and 82,300 euros ($112,369 US) for the S7. While you wait, there are a press release and a couple of videos of driving footage below.






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Sleek and stylish – the new Audi A7 Sportback

- Athletic aesthetic and elegance in grand style
- Five powerful and highly efficient engines from 160 kW to 245 kW
- S7 Sportback* features 331 kW and innovative COD technology


Ingolstadt, 2014-05-22 -- Audi has spared no effort in revising the A7 Sportback*. The spacious five-door coupe is now even more powerful and attractive – thanks to new engine configurations, new transmissions, new headlights, taillights and new infotainment systems. The new A7 Sportback combines the emotional appeal and sportiness of a coupe with the comfort of a sedan and the functional benefits of an Avant.

* The collective fuel consumption of all models named above and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.

Back when the A7 Sportback first debuted in 2010, Audi was already setting new standards in automotive design, embracing an athletic aesthetic and elegance in grand style. Its long engine hood, sporty, flowing C‑pillars and the sharply dropping rear end create a dynamic overall impression. The revised version of the five-door model, measuring 4.97 meters (16.3 ft) in length, now has additional striking, sporty features.

The most striking changes are to the Singleframe grille, bumpers, tailpipes and headlights. LED technology is now standard; upon request, Audi can supply Matrix LED headlights, which light the road optimally without causing glare for other road users. Combined with the Matrix LED headlights, dynamic turn signals are also installed at the front; they come standard at the rear.

The body of the new Audi A7 Sportback consists primarily of aluminum and high‑tech steel grades. It is extraordinarily lightweight and designed for maximum comfort in terms of noise. The cargo space under the long, electrically driven trunk lid has a base capacity of 535 liters (18.9 cu ft). When the rear seat backs are folded down it grows to 1,390 liters (49.1 cu ft).

The sporty style of the exterior is echoed in the car's interior. The dominant element is the horizontal line surrounding the driver and passenger. The dashboard gives an impression of lightness and elegance. The new interior materials, including the aluminum/Beaufort walnut inlay and Valcona leather, are impressive for their finish. The color palette has been redesigned, offering five color options even for the seats.

The new Audi A7 Sportback is confident and relaxed to drive. The front seats can be optionally equipped with ventilation and massage functions, and there are four seat versions to choose from. The MMI radio operating system comes standard; it can be supplemented as an option with a head‑up display that projects all important information onto the windshield.

Power and efficiency: two TFSI and three TDI engines
To start out, Audi is offering the new A7 Sportback with a choice of five powerful and highly efficient engines: two gasoline and three diesel units. Their power rating ranges from 160 kW (218 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp), and all of them comply with the Euro 6 emission standard. Many aspects of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel with 200 kW (272 hp) have been newly developed. In the "ultra" version with 160 kW (218 hp) and front-wheel drive, the three-liter V6 uses an average of just 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50.0 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 122 grams per kilometer (196.3 g/mi). The top‑of‑the‑range engine, the 4.0 TFSI, is available in the Audi S7 Sportback. It delivers 331 kW (450 hp) of power and uses innovative COD (cylinder on demand) technology.

The 3.0 TDI biturbo clean diesel, which delivers 235 kW (320 hp), works with an eight‑speed tiptronic transmission; all other engine configurations have a seven‑speed S tronic transmission. In the versions with front‑wheel drive, the dual‑clutch transmission has been fully redeveloped, replacing the multitronic. In engine configurations starting at 200 kW (272 hp), quattro permanent all-wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.

The chassis, too, combines sporty precision with high comfort. The new Audi A7 Sportback features wheels with diameters ranging from 17 to 21 inches. Some engine configurations are equipped with new lightweight brakes. The power steering system features an electromechanical drive for high efficiency.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard. Options include dynamic steering, two sport suspension versions and adaptive air suspension; on the S7 Sportback, the air suspension has a firmer setup.

The new Audi A7 Sportback leads the competition in terms of infotainment. The top system, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch, utilizes the latest generation of the modular infotainment system; its highlight is a powerful graphics processor from Audi's partner Nvidia. Touchpad control lets the driver scroll and zoom in lists and maps.

The perfect supplement to MMI Navigation plus is Audi connect, which links the five‑door coupe with the Internet via the LTE high‑speed data transmission standard. The Audi phone box connects the driver's cell phone to the car antenna for improved reception. The top of the hi-fi line is the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.

The assistance systems – including adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, the further improved night vision assistant and the Audi pre sense safety system – are also state of the art. Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist work closely together to make lane changes even safer.

The new Audi A7 Sportback will begin arriving at dealerships in late summer 2014. Its base price in Germany will be €51,300. The Audi S7 Sportback is available starting at €82,300.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi A7 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.6 – 4.7 (30.9 – 50.0 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 176 – 122 (283.2 – 196.3 g/mi)

Audi S7 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.3 (25.3 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 215 (346.0 g/mi)


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      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      Quite elegant.
      Adrian Elliot
      • 7 Months Ago
      Stunning.
      MVM
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nice job making this otherwise classy car look like any other Audi. Now all Audis look the same seen from the front. Someday they'll find out that's boring.
        Sam Christiansen
        • 7 Months Ago
        @MVM
        Thanks for letting them know...their sales really seem to be suffering without your expert guidance...
          MVM
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Sam Christiansen
          That's a rather fanboyish reply, isn't it? Do you have an issue with someone having different tastes and opinions?
      Koenigsegg
      • 7 Months Ago
      Meh
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        [blocked]
      sforza209
      • 7 Months Ago
      That car is pure sex!
      ferps
      • 7 Months Ago
      the best looking sedan on the road just got even better looking.
      Koenigsegg
      • 7 Months Ago
      still sounds like a lawnmower
      CBR1000 Racer
      • 7 Months Ago
      What about that ugly rear end? "that" is just horrible!
        cpmanx
        • 7 Months Ago
        @CBR1000 Racer
        Really? I quite like it. It matches the overall theme, and doesn't look like everything else out there. Different tastes, clearly.
        D E S I G N
        • 7 Months Ago
        @CBR1000 Racer
        The design of this masterpiece is absolutely perfect in every way. There are no obtrusive angles, no erroneous curves, no jarring spectacles of ill conceived thoughts. It is the achievement of a perfect D E S I G N.
          Clark
          • 7 Months Ago
          @D E S I G N
          It looks like a bad 80s homage. Ugh.
          leo
          • 7 Months Ago
          @D E S I G N
          The ass is saggy and everything's I see it, it reminds me of fat women that wear tights
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 7 Months Ago
      My 2012 A7 just overheated 2 hours ago for no apparent reason. I just left it parked at a freakin Waffle House in the parking lot up the street from my house. I can't believe this.
        Lachmund
        • 7 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        and the next thing you do is write abt it on a blog? seems sensible
        johnnyhedwardsjr
        • 7 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        Well, I was just sitting there waiting for my insurance provider to call me back about towing and I was on my phone looking at the Autoblog app and ironically this article was the next thing that popped up. I didn't have much else to do. I mean, what was I supposed to be doing? Putting the car on my back and piggy backing it to the dealership at 9:00 PM at night?
        johnnyhedwardsjr
        • 7 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        I'm not sure why I have been down voted for simply telling you guys what's going on with my car. I guess certain forums are different. On an Audi forum people would try to find out what's going on with your car and offer advice. Here people just down vote you randomly and ask why you mentioned it. Anyway. Update. I took the car in and apparently the thermostat and electric system surrounding the water pump malfunctions. I researched this issue on the Audi forms and apparently this has been an issue with the C7 A6's and A7's. So if you're in the market for one you may want to find one that's already had this serviced.
      S40Powered
      • 7 Months Ago
      Futuristic yet minimalistic. Gorgeous.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 7 Months Ago
      Still beautiful and even more teutonic with the redone nose. Not really a fan of those new wheels, (too spikey for a flowing design like the 7.)
      Prez
      • 7 Months Ago
      Audi design language is getting old.
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