The Audi A7 shares its innards and mechanical format with the A6 and, indeed, the last generation A4 and A8, all these models using Audi’s MLB platform and component set.

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.

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Matt Saunders

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The A7 is more closely related to the A4, A5, A6 and A8 than you'd expect

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.

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Audi’s A7 and A5 hatchbacks do without rear wash/wipe, presumably because it would spoil their lines. That said, the heavily raked rear screen stays fairly clean. The A7’s drag coefficient is a competitive 0.28.

Long blocks of LED tail-lights add interest to the rear end, as do the twin exhausts and the extending spoiler. A neat, motorised rear spoiler deploys from the trailing edge of the tailgate at speed, or you can activate it using a dashboard button.

S-line models, as usual, take a sportier bent with 19-inch wheels versus the SE’s 18-inch rims, plus a body kit and a more youthful approach to interior trim.

As we mentioned earlier, the A7 range is predominantly powered by 3.0-litre V6 oilburners and a 4.0-litre V8 in three outputs, each is driven through an automatic gearbox with all driven through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, while the BiTDI and RS7 models are paired with an eight-speed torque converter unit.

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