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Stylish Seven: Audi’s new A7 Sportback is a tech powerhouse, Motoring News & Top Stories

Audi’s second A7 Sportback has the same define as the primary. But nearly every little thing else is totally different.

Body crease traces are sharper and therefore extra pronounced, the grille is wider and sits decrease, and air intakes stretch to the intense ends of the bumper, giving the entrance a critically muscular look.

More apparent are the tail lights, which curve upwards on the edges and are linked by a light-weight strip – just like the Porsche Cayenne’s.

And shockingly, you’ll not see the tailpipes. They level downwards earlier than reaching the bumper, so you’ll need to look below in case you ever need to be certain they’re there.

The test-cars are fitted with HD Matrix LED with Laser headlights. Each headlamp unit is split horizontally into two sections.

On the higher tier are 12 vertical strips of white LED modules functioning as day-time-running lights.


  • Price: To be introduced when automotive arrives in first half of the 12 months

    Engine: 2,995cc 24-valve V6 turbocharged

    Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch with paddle shift

    Power: 340hp at 5,000rpm

    Torque: 500Nm at 1,370-Four,500rpm

    Zero-100kmh: 5.three seconds

    Top velocity: 250kmh (electronically restricted)

    Fuel consumption: 7.1 litres/100km

    Agent: Premium Automobiles

What appears like a black LED within the centre is in actual fact the low beam. Sharing the decrease part with the orange scrolling indicator strips is the high-beam laser unit.

The tail lamps are equally intriguing, with 13 quick vertical strips of pink LEDs on all sides.

The new automotive is virtually the identical dimension as its predecessor, besides its wheelbase is 12mm longer at 2,926mm. This is evident when you get in. Built with typical Audi consideration to element, the cabin is surprisingly spacious entrance and rear.

A totally digital dashboard takes centre stage. Three high-definition touchscreen shows within the entrance – even the rear seat air-conditioner management is a touchscreen – change the earlier mannequin’s MMI knob and its array of selector buttons.

In phrases of versatility in choice, adjustment and performance, the brand new system is technologically far superior to the previous one. The dashboard additionally appears tremendous high-tech.

It does, nonetheless, take some time to know all the options and easy methods to use them.

In the unique MMI unit, you wanted simply 10 minutes of driving to be aware of the placement of all of the switches. Not so on this newfangled management system – you have to take a look at the display to make alternatives. This is considerably distracting.

The solely knob left on the brand new A7’s console is the audio quantity management. Thank you, Audi.

So get all of your private preferences sorted earlier than you set off so that you could benefit from the drive. With all-wheel-drive, the A7 is extremely surefooted. Its 340hp/500Nm turbocharged V6, whereas not eye-watering, remains to be fairly punchy.

The all-new energy plant has a single turbocharger and is mated to an exceptionally clean seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The automotive sprints from zero to 100kmh in 5.three seconds. More spectacular, although, is its 48-volt lithium-ion electrical system, which shuts off the engine when the automotive is coasting between 55kmh and 160kmh (to avoid wasting gas). The system, first seen within the new A8, begins up the engine when your foot is again on the accelerator.

And it does so flawlessly every time – a minimum of, fortunately, in the midst of this test-drive.

• The author contributes to Torque, a motoring month-to-month revealed by SPH Magazines.

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