New Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI ultra: 60.1mpg

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Audi A7 Sportback

The new Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI ultra will be capable of 60.1mpg – which is highly impressive for a 3-litre V6 diesel.

The entire Audi A7 Sportback range has also been refreshed by other new engine configurations, plus new transmissions, new headlights and tail lights and upgraded infotainment systems.

From launch, the new generation A7 Sportback will be available with a choice of five engines. The two petrol and three diesel units offer power outputs ranging from 218PS to 333PS, and comply with stringent EU6 emissions legislation.

Many aspects of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel with 272PS have been newly developed. In the “ultra” version with 218PS and front-wheel drive, the 3.0-litre V6 is capable of returning 60.1mpg, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 122 g/km. The top-of-the-range engine, the 4.0-litre TFSI, is available in the Audi S7 Sportback. It delivers 450PS of power and uses innovative COD (cylinder on demand) technology.

The 3.0 TDI biturbo, which delivers 320PS, works with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission; all other engine configurations work with a seven-speed S tronic transmission. In the versions with front-wheel drive, the dual-clutch unit replaces the eight-speed multitronic CVT transmission and has been fully redeveloped. For engine outputs of 272PS and above, quattro permanent all-wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.

Some engine configurations are equipped with new lightweight brakes. The power steering system features an electromechanical drive for high efficiency.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard. Options include dynamic steering, two sports suspension options and adaptive air suspension.

The revised A7 will arrive with its first UK customers in the last quarter of 2014.

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