High tech Audi A7

for 2018

Audi A7, 2018, front
Audi A7, 2018, rear
Audi A7, 2018, interior

A SLEEK new-look Audi A7 five door coupe is due for release next year packed with technology and priced from around £56,000.

The new model is due to be on the road in the spring and will be launched with a 3.0-litre V6 TFSI petrol engine under the bonnet instead of the diesels which power the current A7s.

Developing 340ps it gives the new A7 Sportback lively performance of 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds, a top speed of 155mph and with emissions of 154g/km it has an official fuel return on 41.5mpg.

A lot of that is down to fuel-saving technology which includes a mild hybrid powertrain that enables the A7 to coast at speeds between 34 and 99mph and a stop/start system which can cut in from 13mph.

To help stability, a boot mounted spoiler comes in to play when the car reaches 74mph.

The new A7 is a fraction shorter, narrower and lower than the current car but the wheelbase has been stretched giving an extra inch of room inside.

Boot space remains the same ranging from535 to 1,390 litres.

Much of the high tech gear Audi is deploying in the cockpit of the new A7 is similar to that on the latest A8 saloon and features a double display screen dashboard with a 10.1-inch touchscreen sitting above an 8.6-inch screen from which all the car's functions are controlled either by touch or voice.

Out goes the button and rotary control panel which has been a feature of Audi's multi-media interface for the past generation of models.

More technology is brought in on the parking front and the new A7 can park itself by remote control if needs be while the active cruise control also has an automated lane keeping function.

Connectivity makes use of app-based functions and the A7 is also fitted with Car-to-X technology which can share real-time data such as traffic conditions with other similarly-equipped Audis.

Underneath, the A7 can be had with a choice of conventional suspension, a lowered sports set up or electronic damping as well as air suspension for a smoother ride.

The V6 engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic semi-automatic transmission allied to Audi's latest ultra quattro system which engages the rear wheels only when necessary.

Styling is again similar to that from the A8 but the coupe has a wider and narrow grille and an advanced lighting system that can include Audi's high discharge matrix LED laser lights.

There's also a new look to the daytime running lights which feature a binary LED display that produced a distinctive striped effect.

Precise pricing and details of the full A7 line up are still to be announced.


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