Grand turismo added: the Audi A7 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic Review

Audi A7 Sportback

The Audi A7 Sportback marries the strengths of a Coupé with those of a Sedan and Avant, epitomizing the modern concept of a Gran Turismo.

Audi Singapore is adding a new variant to broaden the range and appeal in the form of the 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic. The Audi A7 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic is now at Audi Centre Singapore.

 The new variant features the technical hallmarks of the Audi brand – turbocharged direct-injection engine, S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. The result is a 0-100km/h timing of just 6.2 seconds with a top speed that’s electronically governed to 250km/h.

Audi A7 Sportback

Traction guarantee: quattro with ultra technology

Similar to the 3.0 TFSI model launched earlier, the quattro system is the latest quattro all-wheel drive with ultra technology.

During moderate driving, quattro with ultra technology enjoys all the advantages of front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive remains permanently available, however, and is there immediately when needed. The control system for the quattro powertrain is comprehensively networked. It acquires and evaluates data – in ten millisecond cycles – such as the steering angle, transverse and longitudinal acceleration and engine torque.

 

All-wheel drive is generally activated predictively, i.e. in anticipation of the need for it. For example, the control unit computes the point when the inside front tire will reach the limit of grip during fast cornering. The calculation is completed roughly half a second in advance, and all-wheel drive is activated just before the wheel reaches the traction limit. With reactive activation, which rarely occurs in practice – the system reacts to sudden changes in the coefficient of friction. These changes might occur, for example, when the wheels go from dry asphalt to a sheet of ice. Thanks to the very short switching times, full quattro performance is ensured even in these extreme situations.

 

The concept with two clutches in the powertrain gives quattro with ultra technology a key efficiency advantage over the competition. When the system changes to front-wheel drive, the front clutch, a multi-plate clutch at the transmission output – disconnects the propshaft. A decoupling clutch also opens in the rear differential. It shuts down the rotating components that cause the most drag losses here, such as the large crown wheel running in the oil bath. Despite the additional components, the quattro with ultra technology is nearly four kilograms lighter than the traditional system.

Audi A7 Sportback

Show car design comes to production: the interior

The interior fuses design and technology in a unique way. The interior of the new Audi A7 Sportback dazzles with its futuristic lounge atmosphere. Its reduced, clean design language is based in a one-of-a-kind balance of tension and coolness. The horizontal lines and sleek instrument panel provide for a feeling of airy spaciousness. The center console is oriented toward the driver, underscoring the Gran Turismo’s sporty character. Four key values characterize the interior concept: progressiveness, sportiness, intuitiveness and sophistication. All colors, upholstery materials and inlays underscore the new aesthetic. The contour ambient lighting package traces the contours and subtly highlights the space.

Audi A7 Sportback

The 10.1-inch upper display (in combination with MMI navigation plus) is tilted toward the driver. With its black panel optics and framed in a graphite gray aluminum clasp, it almost disappears into the dashboard when switched off. The body supporting the clasp is itself a geometric sculpture. The display’s user interface appears as soon as the car is opened. In keeping with the interior design, the look is reduced and succinct. All screen content can be quickly registered.

Audi A7 Sportback

Control at your fingertips: MMI touch response control system and online voice control

The new Audi A7 systematically continues the digitalization strategy of the A8. The interior architecture melds seamlessly with Audi’s new MMI touch response operating concept. It replaces the rotary pushbutton and the conventional buttons and controls of the previous model with two large, high-resolution touch displays.

 

The driver controls the infotainment system from the upper display. Mounted on the asymmetric console of the center tunnel, the 8.6-inch lower display provides access to the climate control system, comfort functions and text input. Drivers can rest their wrist on the automatic transmission’s wide selector lever knob.

Audi A7 Sportback

The MMI touch response operating concept features haptic and acoustic feedback and is as intuitive to use as a smartphone. Users hear and feel a click as confirmation when their finger triggers a function. With its logical and flat menu structure, the system allows fast access to the various vehicle functions, and it can also be personalized thanks to configurable and movable favorites buttons.

 

Fully connected for more convenience and safety: infotainment and connect features

With its comprehensive connectivity, the Audi A7 is perfectly equipped for long-distance touring. It offers customers more convenience, safety and customization options. The Gran Turismo features the same infotainment and connectivity range as the Audi A8. Up to seven drivers can store their preferred settings in individual user profiles. As many as 400 parameters can be personalized. The online services from Audi connect have been expanded.

 

The new A7 Sportback comes standard with the MMI navigation plus for Singapore, enabling the full experience of what’s possible with the technology.

Audi A7 Sportback

The body concept: Coupé, Sedan and Avant in one

The A7 Sportback combines the best of all worlds and is a dynamic all-around talent for business and recreation. It offers the design of a Coupé, the spaciousness of a Sedan and the variability of an Avant. The interior concept of the A7 Sportback impresses with more space and more comfortable seating – and that despite having a dynamic roofline. Compared with the previous model, interior length has increased 21 millimeters, resulting in more rear knee room. Rear passengers also enjoy more head room. The loading width has also increased compared with the previous model and now measures 1,050 millimeters.

 

The body, which features steel and aluminum composite construction with large components such as add-on parts made of aluminum, is a key factor in the improved handling and greater comfort. The four-door coupe scores top marks with respect to body stiffness, aeroacoustics and aerodynamics. The Gran Turismo spoils its passengers with improved acoustic comfort and – thanks to sophisticated aerodynamics – minimal wind noise.

 

Despite the markedly dynamic lines, the luggage compartment has a base capacity of 535 liters. This increases to 1,390 liters with the rear seats folded down. The luggage compartment has been optimized so that two golf bags now fit horizontally. The sensor-controlled rear hatch opens and closes automatically in response to a foot motion.

 

The Audi A7 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic is now available at Audi Centre Singapore with a starting recommended retail price of $316,700 inclusive of COE and VES.(Feb 2020)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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