When Audi officially invested into the use of alphanumeric coding through the late 1990s, the German luxury brand used only even numbers to define their North American offerings. Consisting of A4, A6, and A8 for the longest name, it could be debated this could have been a choice made in result to German rival BMW’s constant use of odd numbers for identification of their model lineup. It would make sense for Audi to avoid any confusion and stick with even numbers. However, witnessing the emergence of a new, more aggressive Audi division, they threaten to rule the count.
Apart from using odd-numbered designations, the Audis built wearing the opposing number scheme have all been lively presentations. In 2005, the Volkwagen Golf-based A3 hatchback brought Americans an under $30,000 opportunity to experience Audi’s premium attention. Last year, Audi added some additional sizzle giving German luxury car fans a personal coupe/convertible inspired by the elegance of their sedans but heightened by a punch. Shoehorning a 4.2 liter, 354 horsepower V-8 under the hood for the high-performance S5 provided even more of a reward to Audi lovers. Audi has progressed to the next odd-numbered digit for the 2011 model year denoting what could easily be a bigger and better.
Coming this fall, the German luxury car company releases the most debonair example of Audi’s odd-numbered cars, the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback.
Unmistakably, the A7 Sportback is Audi’s weapon for the growing European 4 or 5-door sports car market which includes the Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. Advertising itself as a five-door coupe, the Audi A7 Sportback is again another lesson to North American motorists on automotive terminology. While the commonly-accepted declaration that a coupe is identified as a two-door on this left side of the Atlantic Ocean, the true definition of a coupe as a sporty-styled car is again exploited for another four-door German offering. Foregoing the deck lid as the long rear window flows gently onto uniquely contoured LED taillights. As for forward lighting, the Audi A7 Sportback can also benefit from a LED lighting solution. Mature, expertly-positioned styling, please avoiding using the dirty word ‘hatchback’ in describing this car.
A touch over 2 inches longer than the A6 sedan, the sleek body is an assortment of high-tech steel and aluminum. Balanced for lightweight as well as high-strength, the A7 Sportback is also configured for maintaining minimal cabin noise. Just as expertly-engineered as the upper body structure, the lower ride pieces of the Audi A7 Sportback feature aluminum control arms and an optional adaptive suspension and dampening system. A variety of 18 to 20 inch wheels will be available in complimenting the graceful roll of the five-door coupe.
Promoted with two gasoline engines and two TDI powerplants, the Audi A7 Sportback can can motivated with up to 300 horsepower from the supercharged, 3 liter six-cylinder engine. It’s unclear whether one or two diesels will be offered in North America but we can look forward to Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel drive option. Joining the Audi Quattro drive system on the A7 Sportback will be an S-tronic 7-speed gearbox.
Accomplishing the sporty roof line, the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback’s exterior design adds some benefits to the interior. The rear lift gate provides access to 18.89 cubic feet of cargo space (considerably higher than any vehicle featured in Audi’s sedan lineup). Further forward, the passenger cabin area wraps around the occupants giving everyone a top-quality sports car feel. While the A7 Sportback may respond like a sports sedan, the luxury-oriented comfort suits at least four adults. The division’s MMI (Multi Media Interface) adds to the premium interior derived from the A8 with optional Heads-up Display offered.
With only a European price announced at 51,600 Euros (a little under $67,000 US in comparison), the Audi A7 Sportback release will be another option to enjoying Quattro drive to an extreme.
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