The Audi A7 Sportback has been spotted in local Audi dealerships back in June of this year, but Audi Malaysia have just officially announced its availability today. It represents the new Audi design language to a great extent and delivers on the design promise made by the prologue studies. The four-door coupe sets standards in the luxury class when it comes to progressiveness. It embodies a new style of Gran Turismo, with dynamic lines, systematic digitalization, a sporty driving experience and a versatile space concept.
Its exterior aesthetics features Audi’s new design language; large surfaces, sharp edges and taut, athletic lines, with the A7 signalling dynamism and progressiveness from every perspective. New to the model are HD Matrix headlights as standard; 12 adjacent lighting segments, separated by narrow intervening spaces which provides premium lighting. On the rear, the tail lights are made out of 13 vertical segments and are connected to a flat light strip — a design feature common to Audi’s top models.
You get a long engine hood, long wheelbase and short overhangs, along with pronounced contours which help to emphasize the large 20-inch wheels. The silhouette is defined by the dynamic roof-line, which drops sharply towards the rear. The new A7 Sportback is 4,969 millimeters long, with a wheelbase of 2,926 millimeters, 1,908 millimeters wide, and stands at 1,422 millimeters high. The car’s integrated rear spoiler extends automatically at 120 km/h. Also standard to Malaysian cars are the S line exterior package, enhancing the radiator grille, front air inlets, sills and front and rear diffusers, trimmed in gloss black for that stealth look.
Compared to the previous model, the new A7 Sportsback has an increased interior length of 21 millimeters, resulting is additional knee-room. The loading width has also increased, now measuring 1,050 millimeters. The luggage compartment has a base capacity of of 535 litres, increasing to 1,390 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Inside, the A7 Sportsback eschews a futuristic lounge atmosphere, balancing tension and coolness. You get a 10.1 inch upper display with MMI navigation plus, which is tilted towards the driver. The lower display measures 8.6 inches and provides access to the car’s climate control system, comfort functions and text input. There’s a new heads-up-display, and a massive 12.3 inch Audi virtual cockpit.
Power comes from a 3.0 TFSI twin-turbocharged V6 which is paired with a 48 volt mild hybrid system, producing 340 hp and 500 Nm, and is mated to a seven speed S-tronic box. A belt alternator starter (BAS) system works together with a lithium-ion battery and achieves a recuperation performance of up to 12 kW when braking. At speeds of between 55 km/h and 160 km/h, the A7 Sportback can coast in free-wheeling mode with the engine deactivated and then restarted seamlessly with BAS. The car completes the century sprint in just 5.3 seconds, towards an electronically limited 250 km/h top speed.
The Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TFSI has a recommended retail price of RM609,900 and comes in a choice of 15 exterior colours, 8 of which are new.
Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TFSI — RM609,900
– 3.0 twin-turbocharged V6
– 340 hp
– 500 Nm (1,370 – 4,500 rpm)
– 7-speed S-tronic
– 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds
– Vmax 250 km/h (electronically limited)