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.

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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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