Audi takes wraps of new executive coupé saloon

Audi has taken the wraps of its new Audi A7 Sportback, the German manufacturers challenger in the growing market for four-door saloons with coupé looks.

The coupé style for saloons has recently been championed by Jaguar with the XF and now the XJ, but other obvious challengers include the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

The order book for the new Audi A7 Sportback will open on August 16, with prices starting at £42,925. With the increase of VAT on January 1, this will mean a price of £43,745 when deliveries start early in 2011.

Audi A7

The A7 makes considerable use of aluminium in its construction and Audi say this has resulted in 15% weight loss compared with an equivalent all-steel car. There will be two petrol engines and two diesels at the time of the launch – a 2.8 FSI with 204PS, a 3.0 TFSI with 300PS, a 3.0 TDI with 204PS and a 3.0 TDI with 245PS.

The front-wheel-drive models will use a Multitronic CVT automatic gearbox, while quattro models will have a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission.

For the A7 3.0 TDI (204PS), Audi claim it will achieve 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds while returning a combined fuel economy figure of 53.3mpg with a remarkably low139g/km of CO2. All models will have an engine stop-start system.

Audi A7

Sat-nav technology has also been called upon to help the economy. When the satellite navigation system is upgraded to MMI navigation plus, information on the road is fed to the automatic transmission. This allows the system to avoid unnecessary gear changes to save fuel.

The same road information is used to enhance the performance of the optional adaptive cruise control and adaptive lights.

Other technology headlines for the new car include parallel park assist, all-LED headlights, head-up display and adaptive air suspension.
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