The schools may not yet have all broken up for summer, but Audi is readying its A7 line-up in anticipation of a slippery winter with a new, more affordable quattro four wheel drive model.
The entry level 3.0 litre TDI V6 diesel engine is now available on a new ‘Standard’ trim spec A7 Sportback with quattro four wheel drive, for the first time. This model is priced at £41,675 on the road.
The 204PS TDI engine gets matched with Audi’s ‘S tronic’ dual-clutch automated manual gearbox to enable the range starting A7 Sportback quattro to cover the 0-62mph benchmark in 7.2 seconds, topping out at 146mph. Fuel consumption is 48.7mpg with C02 emissions of 152g/km. Benefit In Kind taxation is 23 per cent for company car drivers.
The A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI ‘Standard’ can also be had with front wheel drive too, for £39,995. With multitronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) the car motors from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds and on to the same 146mph top speed, while at the same time offering the potential for 55.4mpg fuel economy with low 135g/km C02 emissions. BIK tax is 20 per cent.
In spite of being called ‘Standard’ the new models come with 18 inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, Milano leather upholstery, the Ausi Multi Media Interface (MMI) with 6.5 inch colour display incorporating satellite navigation, Audi drive select adaptive dynamics, powered tailgate operation and light and rain sensors.
The SE and S-Line trim levels carry on as before. No change either for the rest of the available engines — the 245PS 3.0-litre TDI engine and naturally aspirated 204PS 2.8-litre or supercharged 300PS 3.0-litre petrol units, all of which get the quattro all wheel drive and ‘S tronic’ transmission without exception.
As a side note, all A7 Sporbacks will now also come with a third seat belt for the rear bench, turning the car into a five seater.
Orders are being taken now for first customer deliveries in November 2011.