Shortly after the launch of the facelifted A6 sedan, Audi Malaysia has announced the introduction of the facelifted A7 Sportback. The A7 Sportback used to be sold here in the 3.0 TFSI guise, and now it’s back after a refresh inside and out.
Unlike the similarly good-looking A6 sedan that’s offered in either the 1.8 TFSI or the 3.0 TFSI guises, this svelte five-door coupe comes only in a 3.0 TFSI variant.
|Name||Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TFSI quattro|
|Engine||2,995cc supercharged V6|
|Transmission||7-speed S tronic|
|Max Power||333 hp|
|Max Torque||440 Nm|
The facelift is subtle but carries quite an impact to the whole vehicle. At the front, the Singleframe grille is more angular, while the sharp headlamps are slimmer than ever, and incorporates full-LED technology. The 19-inch forged aluminium alloy wheel is new, but apart from that the side remains the same, which means it retains the dynamic silhouette that ends with the sexy Kammback rear end.
The innards of the LED tail lamps have been redesigned, featuring dynamic turn indicators as seen on the recent Audis. As before, the pop-up rear spoiler sits flush along the edges of the sharp boot when not in use, while down below a pair of rectangular tailpipes replace the rounded tips of the previous A7.
Most part of the interior is lifted from the A6, so you should be able to recognise the three-spoke sports steering wheel, the dashboard, and the centre console. The Malaysian-spec A7 comes with Aluminum Delta dashboard inlay and Valcona leather seats, and the front seats are not only electrically-operated, they’re ventilated as well.
MMI touch is standard here and it controls the huge 8-inch display on the dash which also includes MMI navigation plus. Nvidia provides the powerful graphics processor, allowing for a smooth transition of the MMI screen. A 6-slot DVD changer and a 600W, 14-speaker BOSE surround sound system combo should keep the passengers entertained, and they can also surf the internet thanks to Audi connect that provides Internet connectivity with LTE high-speed data transmission.
The 3.0 TFSI V6 under the bonnet will sip 7.6 litres of petrol per 100km thanks to the inclusion of start/stop system with energy recuperation. The V6 has also been massaged to produce 333 hp, while 440 Nm of torque can be had from 2,900 rpm to 5,300 rpm. All the power goes to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via the seven-speed S tronic transmission, which enables the A7 Sportback to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds.
The updated A7 Sportback now carries a price tag of RM625,900, and it’s available in seven colour choices: Glacier White, Ibis White, Floret Silver, Dakota Grey, Oolong Grey, Tornado Grey and Mythos Black. What do you think? Would you rather have this, or the Mercedes-Benz CLS 400?