First shown at the 2009 North American International Automobile Show last month, the Audi Sportback Concept is the most emotional and theatrical product Audi has released since the R8.
Stylish, dramatic and technologically savvy, the Sportback Concept, aka the A7, fills a void in that Mercedes has always dominated with their CL and CLS â€“ the Luxury Coupe segment. And not too far away is Porscheâ€™s first four-door sports car in the Panamera. So for Audi, an all new A7 will be welcomed by enthusiasts with open arms. It sure was in Detroit where the atmosphere was dry and quiet and lacked the emotion of previous shows. The Sportback Concept was one of only a few vehicles that provoked eye contact from auto journalists and industry heads alike.
We here at Automotive Rhythms have always been groupies of Audi’s progressive technologies and performance attributes along with its inimitable design schemes. I sometimes wonder if our Editor-in-Chief Brian Armstead sleeps in Audi pajamas! So is a five door sports car with a coupe like shadow going too far?Â
We don’t think so. The nine panels of glass which form the dome of the vehicle adds openess that perceives more occupant freedom from the inside out. However, don’t expect all the glass action to make it to the production stage. The nine panels of glass which form the dome of the vehicle adds openess that perceives more occupant freedom from the inside out. However, don’t expect all the glass action to make it to the production stage. And as the old design adage goes, form definitely follows function. Quattro AWD and a 3.0-liter V6 TDI clean diesel engine is paired with large 10-spoke, 21-inch rims and a jagged edge body infused with Audi’s audacious grille are highlights of the Sportback design. Expect V6, V8 and maybe even V10 gasoline power for American enthusiasts.
Step inside the striking interior and welcome yourself to the future. Remember Will Smith in I-Robot? Exactly! It was an Audi baby. Stay tuned to Automotive Rhythms for more as this Concept becomes reality.
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