Audi is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the TDI engine through a special edition A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition.

Audi is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the TDI engine through a special edition A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition.

Its heart and soul is a V6 3.0 TDI bi-turbo clean diesel engine which has received charging and camshaft tweaks in order to deliver an additional 7 PS (5 kW) so it now generates 326 PS (240 kW). For a short amount of time, a boost function grants an extra 20 PS (15 kW) after the driver pushes hard on the accelerator pedal.

Torque stands at 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) available between 1,400 rpm and 2,800 rpm and is enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 5.1 seconds. Audi says the limited-run A7 Sportback can return 38.6 mpg US (46.3 mpg UK or 6.1 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 162 g/km.

The Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition comes equipped as standard with the S line package and has a 20mm lowered suspension. It rides on 20-inch five-spoke W design alloy wheels with black painted sides and are covered in 265/35 tires while behind them hide 17-inch discs with red brake calipers.

Customers can select from Nardo Gray, Misano Red, Daytona Gray and Sepang Blue body paints which all come with a glossy black package and high-gloss black tailpipe trims. Inside the cabin there are Valcona leather-wrapped seats in black or lunar silver but for more money Audi is also offering optional S sport seats with contrasting stitching in Agate Grey or Misano Red.

We also notice a combination of black wood and metal, "quattro" lettering on the door sills and shift paddles for the 8-speed tiptronic gearbox. As you would expect, it's based on the recently facelifted A7 Sportback and can be configured with matrix LED headlights, MMI Navigation plus and night vision assist.

Order books will open at the beginning of August, with deliveries set to kick off this fall for those willing to pay at least the 72,000 EUR starting price.

Additional details can be found in the attached press release.

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Audi celebrates 25 years of TDI with A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI competition