Audi offers four infotainment systems for the new A7 Sportback. The MMI radio system comes standard. Options include the MMI radio plus, MMI navigation and MMI navigation plus featuring MMI touch. All four systems have a retractable monitor. The top-of-the-line, eight-inch screen boasts high resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
MMI radio, the standard configuration, has a single CD player, the driver information system with a monochrome screen and eight loudspeakers for excellent sound. The Audi sound system handles audio output; a six-channel amplifier delivers 180 watts of sound through ten speakers. If MMI navigation is ordered, a navigation feature is added to the MMI radio plus to supply map-based data.
The top of the line is MMI navigation plus, which exploits the synergetic computing power of the Audi modular infotainment platform (MIB). It consists of two units in a small space: the Radio Car Control Unit for the triple tuner and sound system as well as the MMX board (MMX: Multi-Media eXtension). The plug-in module integrates – along with the working and flash memory – a Tegra 30 processor from Nvidia. The latter is responsible for all online, media, voice control, navigation and telephone features.
Lightning-fast: the Tegra 30 processor for graphics
The second-generation modular infotainment platform in the new Audi A7 Sportback boasts a cutting-edge Tegra 30 processor. This quad-core chip boasts more than a GHz of clock frequency and performs some eight billion computations per second. It works together with a specialized 3D graphics program that generates sophisticated animations and images. MMI navigation plus also comprises a DVD drive, two card readers, a Bluetooth interface, the Audi Music Interface with two USB ports, and a 64-GB flash-memory drive.
Another highlight of this system is the MMI touch. This touchpad has been improved once more for easy scrolling in maps and menus. The driver writes letters and numbers on the screen with his or her finger to enter a destination or telephone number.
The system provides acoustic feedback after each character so that the driver’s eyes can stay on the road. The user needs to enter just a few letters before a destination is suggested, rather like when using a Google search engine. The push of a button transforms the MMI touch into a field with six radio stations.
MMI navigation plus in the new Audi A7 Sportback also offers classic Audi controls: the MMI rotary pushbutton as well as the adjacent hard and soft keys. Finally, the system also features voice control that allows a town and street to be entered as a spoken command.
MMI navigation plus works closely with the assistance and safety systems in the new Audi A7 Sportback. The navigation system transmits all relevant route data to the computers that control the automatic transmission, ACC stop & go and the headlights. The customer can update navigation data online five times free of charge within the first three years. All they need is a large-capacity SIM card.
Another very practical feature is combined with the MMI navigation plus in the new Audi A7 Sportback. In addition to the map on the MMI monitor, there is a second color map displayed between the tachometer and the speedometer in the instrument cluster. This map is therefore always in the driver’s direct field of vision.
The A7 Sportback now also features reception of unencrypted, digital DVB-T and DVB-T2 TV programs. Users can also view teletext or the Electronic Program Guide (EPG). The triple-diversity antenna concept ensures enhanced reception.
High-speed Internet: Audi connect
The MMI navigation plus system is made even more attractive with the supplementary system Audi connect, a data transmission module that establishes a connection to the Internet. Whenever possible, it provides Internet access via the fast 4G standard LTE. Audi was the first manufacturer to incorporate this technology into the car. Passengers in the new Audi A7 Sportback can surf and email using the WiFi hotspot that comes with the module – on as many as eight mobile devices.
Audi connect also provides tailored Internet services for the driver: from navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View to Audi online traffic information. The social networks Facebook and Twitter have been adapted for in-car use; it is possible to read, write and send text messages and emails. Two new Audi connect services are Online Media Streaming – which grants Audi A7 Sportback customers access to millions of music tracks – and an interface via Bluetooth to a linked smartphone’s voice assistant, such as Siri for the iPhone. Audi provides the app needed to use these services. The customer simply needs to register with the streaming provider.
The antenna of the new A7 Sportback ensures that Audi connect provides optimal connectivity to mobile communications networks. Encryption via the WPA2 standard makes Wi-Fi data transmission secure. A digital speech processor delivers excellent hands-free call quality, transmitting voice signals via the car’s sound system. All the driver needs to do to use Audi connect is insert a data-capable SIM card in the MMI navigation plus or establish the connection using the SIM Access Profile of a compatible smartphone.
Supplementary components round out the multimedia portfolio in the new Audi A7 Sportback. These include a CD/DVD changer and a tuner for Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB). The Audi phone box utilizes near-field coupling to link smartphones to the vehicle’s antenna; it also features a USB port for charging smartphones. The Bose surround sound system integrates a 12-channel amplifier with an output of over 600 watts and boasts 14 loudspeakers.
Especially discerning hi-fi aficionados will appreciate the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, delivering more than 1,200 watts. Its digital amplifier delivers sound via 15 channels to 15 loudspeakers housed in polished aluminum.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.