Audi A7 Quattro TDI
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Text, animation and photos by Cor Steenstra
Aesthetically athletic, emotion-packed design, sporty character and innovative technology: The Audi A7 Sportback marries the strengths of a coupe with those of a sedan and an Avant.
Body and interior
Measuring 4.97 meters (16.31 ft) in length, the five-door model is an Audi in top form. Its low, dynamically drawn roof line and flowing rear lend it the character of a coupe. Every detail of the elegant interior documents the care with which Audi builds cars. High-quality materials spoil the senses. The front seats are optionally available with ventilation and massage functions. The MMI operating system comes standard; among the optional equipment is a head-up display.
Audi offers the A7 Sportback with a choice of six powerful and cultivated
V6 engines: two gasoline and four TDI units. They develop between 150 kW (204 hp) and 230 kW (313 hp) and are impressively efficient. The new 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) consumes an average of just 5.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilo-meters (44.38 US mpg). All engines feature innovative thermal management and a start-stop-system.
The standard automatic transmissions also play a role in the efficiency of the A7 Sportback. The user-friendly multitronic for the 2.8 FSI and 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) delivers the engine power to the front wheels. The sporty seven-speed S tronic delivers the power to all four wheels. The 3.0 TDI quattro with 230 kW (313 hp) is equipped with an eight-speed tiptronic.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system features torque vectoring for superior traction, stability and dynamics. It can be complemented with the optional sport differential for the rear axle
The chassis, too, combines sporty precision with luxurious comfort. The Audi A7 Sportback rolls on large wheels measuring from 18 to 21 inches in diameter. The links are made of aluminum; the power steering features a highly efficient electromechanical drive. The Audi drive select dynamics system is standard and can be supplemented by the optional adaptive air suspension and dynamic steering. Front-wheel drive models have ESC with electronic limited slip differential on board.
The top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is available as an option. It works closely together with the optional driver assistance and safety systems in the A7 Sportback. It provides the route data to the control units for the headlights, the automatic transmission and the adaptive cruise control with stop&go function.
The Audi pre-sense safety system can reduce the severity of accidents and their consequences in many cases. Audi active lane assist helps the driver to keep the A7 Sportback firmly on course, and the park assist system relieves the driver of the chore of steering when parking. The night vision assistant with highlighting of detected persons reduces the stress of driving in the dark. Audi side assist and speed limit detection round out the list.
Audi connect provides the passengers of the five-door coupe with full Internet access via the Bluetooth car phone online. Topping the range of audio modules is the Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen.