The new Audi A7 Sportback takes much of its design inspiration from the Prologue concept and is a logical succession to the release of the latest A8. As with the A8, it features a large, single frame grille, but this time wider and lower to express its intentions as an aggressive yet elegant coupé.
As with the previous model, there is an integrated spoiler that extends at speeds of 74 mph and higher, for aesthetics so much as real-world usefulness.
Inside, the theme is clear - technology. We’re fast approaching the fully autonomous driving era, but before that we must have the technology that can cope with it. That being said, the latest A7, just like the A8, has 3 screens placed around the cabin, the first being the 10.1-inch infotainment display. Behind the wheel is the familiar 12.3-inch virtual cockpit and finally, a less familiar addition, an 8.6-inch touchscreen controlling features such as climate control.
There are, in fact, 39 driver assistance systems available on the next-generation A7, the most impressive being the remote parking pilot and remote garage pilot, which can be activated from within the car or from the myAudi app, therefore functioning like the BMW smart key. The system uses 12 ultrasonic sensors, 5 radars, 5 cameras and 1 laser scanner.
Every engine will feature some sort of mild hybrid assistance, allowing not for electric-only driving around town, but more for extended coasting (34-99 mph) and stop-start (which now activates at 13 mph). From launch the A7 will be paired with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol with a total of 340 hp and 500 Nm, allowing for 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds.
Its 7-speed dual-clutch transmission means fuel economy of 41.5 mpg and CO2 emissions of 154 g/km. Following on from the latest engine nomenclature, this model will be known as the ’55 TFSI’.
Later on, 4- and 6-cylinder petrol and diesel options will be available. There’s no word of pricing in the UK yet, but a German starting price of €67,800 suggests north of £60,000.