The TFSI 55 e quattro delivers 362 combined bhp in its sleek S line body.

We’ve enjoyed the smooth styling of Audi’s A7 Sportback for a couple of years. In keeping with the times, Audi now offers the four-door as a plug-in hybrid. Say hello to the A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e quattro, and since that name is something of a mouthful to say, we’ll just refer to it as the e quattro.

The big difference between this model and the standard A7 is obviously the electrified powertrain. The e quattro utilises a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 248 bhp and a single electric motor with a peak output of 141 bhp. Working together, Audi lists the e quattro’s combined power at 362 bhp and 369 pound-feet of torque. Power is obviously sent to all four wheels, with a seven-speed S tronic transmission handling the shifting duties.

With everything turned up to the max, the A7 Sportback e quattro will shuffle to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds. Flat out it will reach an electronically limited 155 mph, though we suspect typical e quattro buyers will be more interested in its electric performance. To that end, the e quattro’s battery pack stores 14.1 kWh of power rated at 381 volts. It’s nestled neatly beneath the rear cargo area without sacrificing interior space, and it can electrically power the A7 for approximately 25 miles at speeds up to 84 mph.

Gallery: Audi A7 Sportback E Quattro

Audi fits the e quattro with three driving modes. EV mode is the default setting and it’s how the A7 will start each day. Battery Hold Mode keeps the battery charged at its current level for EV use later. Hybrid mode obviously makes use of both the petrol engine and electric motor to maximise performance and efficiency. The A7 also makes use of the automaker's predictive drive management to help get every ounce of performance and fuel efficiency from the e quattro system. When external power is required, the battery can be fully charged in 2.5 hours with a three-phase CEE industrial outlet at 400 volts. Charging at home on 230 volts takes approximately seven hours.

As for appearance, the A7 e quattro is dressed with the S line exterior package and rides on 19-inch wheels. Matrix LED headlights, sport seats, and Audi’s virtual cockpit with plug-in hybrid displays are also standard equipment.

Going hybrid won’t be cheap. The 2020 A7 Sportback e quattro starts at €77,850 in Germany, which translates to £70,000. Market introduction is said to begin in the third quarter of 2019, but there’s no word yet on U.K. availability and pricing. Stay tuned.

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The Gran Turismo among the plug-in hybrids:
Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e quattro

 

  • 367 hp system output, 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque and quattro drive
  • Electric range of over 40 km (24.9 mi), electric-only driving at up to 135 km/h (83.9 mph)
  • Sportily equipped: S line, privacy glazing and sport suspension
  • Convenient charging with the Audi e-tron Charging Service and myAudi app

Audi is systematically pursuing its electrification strategy and is now offering its large four-door coupe as a powerful and efficient PHEV. Intelligent drive management with a predictive operating strategy enables high electric range, low fuel consumption and dynamic performance. The new Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e quattro combines all of that with a system output of 270 kW (367 PS) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 2.1 – 1.9 (112.0 – 123.8 US mpg); combined electrical consumption in kWh/100 km*: 18.1 – 17.5; combined CO2 emissions in g/km*: 48 – 44 (77.2 – 70.8 g/mi)). A comprehensive list of standard equipment with S line exterior package and sport suspension round out the sporty look.