Slippery sedans continue to be all the rage from Germany-First the Mercedes CLS, the VW CC, and now the latest concept from Audi, the Sportback. I will not bore you with Audi’s press release that speaks of a “new design vocabularly”. What we are seeing is a preview of the upcoming Audi A7. As opposed to the 4-door “coupe” M-B CLS and VW CC, the Sportback is a five-door hatchback, like the upcoming Porsche Panamera. Unlike the Panamera, the Sportback is elegant, balanced, and graceful.
Power for the Sportback comes from a 3.0L V-6 TDI, a 50-state legal diesel coupled to a 7-speed S Tronic transmission-further proof that like BMW, Audi is determined to change America’s perception of diesel powered cars. With 225hp, 405 lb. ft. of torque (yow), the Sportback zips to 62mph in less than 7 seconds, and tops out at 152mph. And it gets 39mpg.Ã‚Â
The interior of the Sportback sends a clear signal that Audi intends to remain on the forefront of elegant yet purposeful interior design. Clean, uncluttered and inviting, I can’t imagine the driver taking many shortcuts on the way home.Ã‚Â
I applaud the Sportback Concept, and look forward to see how it translates to the production A7. But, dear friends, the Sportback gives proof to the old adage that eventually, everything old becomes new again. The concept of a luxurious, sexy five-door hatchback has been seen before. Does anyone recall the Rover SD1? It came out in 1976.