So the transmission of its longitudinally arranged power unit is configured to mitigate the potentially unfavourable weight distribution of mounting the engine forward of the front axle line. The result? Only 54 percent of the A7’s heft bears on the front wheels – not bad for a car whose layout is fundamentally front-wheel drive.
But heft is the word. Despite quite a portion of its body being aluminium, including all the closing panels and the front suspension towers, this car comes in just 60kg short of two tonnes. That’s about par for the class, but 200kg to 300kg more than the old A6 and a little disappointing given the lightweight metals in its structure.
The familiar Audi grille features high-gloss slats and a single, slim chrome frame. Wide, shallow, sharp-edged headlights feature LED daytime running lights.
Audi calls the main waistline crease a tornado line; this sculptural flourish is intended to make the body appear “stretched, slim and taut, like the body of an athlete”. Doors are frameless, emphasising the A7’s coupé character, although the rear panes don’t fully disappear. The glass drops fractionally to ease door closure.