More power for diesel-engined A7 Sportback, which celebrates 25 years of TDI technology

Audi has upgraded its A7 with a more potent version of its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre TDI engine to create the new A7 Competition. Celebrating 25 years of TDI technology, the new model features a power increase over the standard car, taking peak output to 322bhp.

A further boost function - activated under heavy acceleration - provides an extra 20bhp for a short period. The engine also has 479lb ft of torque available, alongside Co2 emissions of 162g/km and fuel economy of up to 46.3mpg. The model can hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds.

The engine is connected to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, which can also be controlled via steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The A7 Competition comes in S-line specification, and so features a lowered ride height, 20-inch alloy wheels, painted brake calipers and discs and new badging. LED headlights are also available.

Inside, the car gets leather sports seats with an embossed S-line badge, contrasting stitching, aluminium and wood inserts and new door sills.

While Audi is still deciding whether to bring the model to the UK, it will go on sale in Europe in August at a base price of €72,000 (£57,310). First deliveries are expected in the autumn.

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14 July 2014
Hmm, seems a bit underwhelming for a diesel somehow; I say that cos I'm aware that Mercedes' CLS 350 nearly equals this A7 in the economy stakes, and yet unlikethe A7, it uses petrol instead of diesel. Still, a nice alternative to the CLS.

14 July 2014
Seems slightly irrelevant given the existence of the 3.0BiTDI engine.

15 July 2014
Motormouths wrote:

Seems slightly irrelevant given the existence of the 3.0BiTDI engine.

It is the Bi -turbo engine slightly tweaked so I fail to see your point. Does seem a bit tight though only giving an extra few bhp. This engine has a lot more to give if you look at what remap companies are getting out of it.

15 July 2014
dukebox9reg wrote:
Motormouths wrote:

Seems slightly irrelevant given the existence of the 3.0BiTDI engine.

It is the Bi -turbo engine slightly tweaked

In that case they've got very little extra power out of it. Needn't have bothered tweaking it at all.

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