Audi has unveiled its newest Audi A7 Sportback. In terms of exterior design, the new car is an evolution rather than a revolution, but this is a very good thing. The original A7’s lines were so clear that it upstaged its bigger brother, the flagship A8, leading many to think that this coupé-esque Sportback version of the compan BMW 5-Series competitor was actually its top model. Nevertheless, there are some clear changes.
The grille is in line with the company’s new design language, but thankfully it resisted the temptation to make it as large and as prominent as on the recently launched A8. The car is more angular and aggressive. Inside, there is a complete lack of clutter and genuine space for five to travel from 0 to 100kmph in just 5.3 seconds – not bad at all for a mild hybrid 3-liter, turbocharged V6 with 340hp on tap. And of course, these performance figures will improve significantly as other sportier, more potent versions of the car come to market during 2018.
It comes packed with every technological bell and whistle that Audi currently has to offer, from its digital cockpit — which does away completely with traditional dials and gauges in favour of two high-resolution adaptable touch-sensitive displays — to car-to- car and car-to- infrastructure communication.