Audi brought the A7 Sportback to the world simply because it couldn't ignore the success of Mercedes' CLS. Nevertheless, since following was not an option, Audi decided to lead... its design team, asking them to come up with something similar, but totally different. The solution they found was to add one extra door.
Audi's A7 is defined by its slopping roofline, but this is placed over an elongated hatchback body. This way, the A7 holds a total of five doors, unlike the Mercedes CLS or the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
. Sure, BMW had already tried this with the 5 Series GT
, but its bizarre styling means it doesn't share customers with any of the three aforementioned models.
Audi had already tested its new recipe with the introduction of the A5 Sportback, which had been launched one year before. All the company needed to do next was to go bigger.
For the foundation, the Germans shaped their overly modular MLB architecture into something that could serve an executive class vehicle. To justify the investment, the result would underpin at least two models. The first was the A7, which was followed by a fourth generation for the A6.
There are no past vehicles that sit behind the A7 in Audi's history book, but the German brand has always enjoyed trying out new roads. In fact, this appetite for all things novelty is perhaps the asset that brought the company where it is, so we could say that the Audi A7 has a history after all.
The Audi A7 Sportback's open-minded design means that the model currently sits at the top of the Audi range in terms of "fresh air". We wanted to catch a breath of it ourselves and so we grabbed the keys to an example that used a balanced technical setup.
The car we drove treated us with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6, a unit that had made its debut on a performance Audi model, the S4. Audi's ever-present sharp tools were also there, its quattro all-wheel drive and S tronic double clutch gearbox.
We set off willing to find out if the Audi A7 is a car that also feels different or just looks this way. The first impression is that it's very easy to work together with the A7, so it's a good start.Continue reading