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Audi A7 Sportback: Launched! Official pictures and information here.

Audi A7 Sportback

The Audi A7 Sportback has been launched and we have official pictures and information for you. A must see and read!

Up front, the A7 wears the latest interpretation of Audi’s trapezoidal grille, as well as the brand’s now-signature LED running lights. Two lower intakes mirror the shape of the headlight housings, but they don’t house fog lights; those are integrated into the standard xenon headlights themselves. Eighteen-bulb, full-LED headlamps like those available on the A8 and R8 5.2 are an option on the A7.

The side and rear views are the most memorable to our eyes. What Audi dubs a “tornado line” gently arches from the upper corner of the headlight, flattening out as it moves rearward to the LED-lit taillight. This sharp crease defines the A7’s shoulders, and serves as a nice complement to the graceful roofline. The power-operated hatch’s large rear backlight flows into a hidden, automatically deploying spoiler that rises above 81 mph and retracts below 50. Eighteen-, 19-, or 20-inch wheels sit below subtle flares that contribute to an overall look of understated elegance, an impression further enhanced by the fact that the car is just 55.9 inches high. For reference, the A6 is 57.4 inches tall.

Just as the exterior stays true to that of the A7 concept shown at the 2009 Detroit auto show, so does the interior. The upper section of the dash resembles the new A8’s, but the center stack in the A7 features upright climate controls and other buttons repositioned around the shift lever. Drivers will grip a four-spoke steering wheel that sits in front of a gauge cluster housing either a five-inch text display or a full-color seven-inch screen. An additional 6.5-inch screen in the center console hosts the MMI system. The entry-level version of MMI controls the stereo and other basic functions, with navigation available at additional cost. There’s also the top-dog MMI Navigation Plus setup, which adds an eight-inch monitor in the center console (in place of a 6.5-inch unit) and a nifty touchpad that can read inputs drawn with a fingertip. Internet connectivity is available on the A7, too.