The Audi A7 Sportback (internally designated Typ 4G) is an executive car produced by Audi and launched at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. It is a five-door fastback which is described by some as a "four door coupé" with its sleek profile and frameless doors. The A7 is based on the Volkswagen Group MLB platform, which is shared with the 2011 fourth-generation Audi A6 (C7).
The A7 marked Audi's return to the executive hatchback market since the 1970 three-door Audi 100 Coupé of 1970 and the 1977 five-door 100 Avant. It was announced at the Pinakothek der Moderne art museum in Munich on 27 July 2010 and débuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The car was launched in the US at the New York Auto Show in April 2011 as a 2012 model.
The A7 was preceded by a concept car, the Audi Sportback concept shown at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The concept car first spawned the Audi A5 Sportback which was released September 2009 as a 2010 model.
Four V6 engine options are available at launch: 2.8 L (201 bhp (150 kW; 204 PS)) and 3.0 L (295 bhp (220 kW; 299 PS)) petrol engines and two 3.0 L diesel engines with either 201 bhp (150 kW; 204 PS) or 241 bhp (180 kW; 244 PS).
Reviewers have cited the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class as a competitor to the Audi A7 in the four door executive coupé market. The A7 has also been compared to the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo since both are mid-luxury hatchbacks, though the 5 Series GT is based on the full-size BMW 7 Series while the A7 is unrelated to the flagship Audi A8 despite the single-digit difference in their names.