Autocar spy photographers have snapped Audi's CLS rival testing
9 December 2008

The long, low four-door Audi A7 has been spied testing in Germany ahead of its launch in 2010.

The Audi A7 will slot into the range below the A8 and above the A6, providing Audi with a rival for the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Our spy pictures show the A7’s size and sleek styling, especially around the rear, where the car has a high rear deck and a low, steeply raked rear roof line. The coupé-style lines help to disguise the car’s bulk; it’s 4.8m long.

>> See spy shots of the Audi A7

Underneath the unusual bodyshell is the platform that will form the basis of the next A6, itself not due until 2011. The A7 is a variant of Audi’s Modular Longitudinal Platform, which was first used in the new A4 and A5.

That doesn’t mean the A7 will be a five-seater, though; the car is expected to offer spacious accommodation for four, like the VW Passat CC.

The A7 is intended to be a range-topper, so don’t expect any four-cylinder versions. The entry-level engine is likely to be Audi’s 2.8-litre petrol V6, although the big seller will be the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel (the same engine used in Porsche’s new diesel Cayenne).

S tronic double-clutch and new eight-speed automatic transmissions will be optional; the standard set-up will be a six-speed manual ’box.

Audi is also planning a convertible A7, although it will have to come up with a solution to the structural issues of chopping the roof off a four-door car.

It is possible that an Audi A7 convertible could use a folding hard-top, making it the first Audi to do so. But the firm insists that it will continue to use a fabric roof on its convertibles to save weight and cut complexity.

The A7 is unlikely to come cheap. As joint range-topper with the A8 (due to be replaced next year by an all-new model), its prices should start at around £48,000.

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9 December 2008

I know the spy shot are disguised but I am not sure this is going to be a saloon, as shown in the CGi pictures. Certainly the shape would suit a hatch better.

With the Panamera going hatchback, is it possible the A7 will as well?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

9 December 2008

It's difficult to tell from the disguised pics. It looks similar to the BMW 6 Series.

But, as I said, hard to tell.

9 December 2008

Hope it's a big hatch, I rue the day I sold my Saab 9000......so useful.

48k for an entry model?? Might make sense when 5-6 years old - at least to me.

9 December 2008

Just what the world needs... another ridiculously proportioned, over powered German executive / luxury car. Hopefully the big 3 German executive/luxury car manufacturers will shortly run out of niches and gimmicks to exploit and just return to building competent, well engineered, quality cars again and stop messing around on everyone elses turf.

It turns out that the Germans are now seemingly admitting that Renault & Citroen have been on the right track since the early 70's, even after the market for the big German executive saloon ended the life of the Saab 9000 hatch, scuppered the chances of the Renault 25 & earlier models, crippled the Citroen XM, continues to suppress the success of the Citroen C6 and blatantly killed off the, Vel Satis and Avantime.

First Opel produced the ridiculous Signum and then Skoda (under VW) wheels out a Hatch/Sedan hybrid thing... suddenly large hatches are all the rage.

The Germans have now "invented" the desirable, versatile, executive hatchback have they? Perhaps MB would like to claim responsibility having been the first with the hideous R-Class or the stupid B-Class? Or maybe its BMW having introduced the otherworldy and frankly preposterous looking X6? Porsche's Panamera? If rumours are to be believed this is all the rage among this lot now. BMW are building a hatchback 5 Series, Mercedes are likely to do likewise with the E Class in some guise and Audi are building a hatch A7 which will no doubt have frameless windows and be called a "Coupe".

What a steaming pile of ****. I hope Renault & Citroen are feeling vindicated. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," ... afterall.

9 December 2008

[quote Autocar]The Audi A7 will slot into the range below the A8 and above the A6[/quote]

Ohhh! I see!!! I was having such trouble wondering where on Earth such a named car would be placed in the model line-up.

Thanks for the clarification. Now eagerly await the "What is the point off..." thread.

Autocar writers; are they paid by word count?

9 December 2008

Dear God, does the world really need this??

9 December 2008

[quote macaroni]Dear God, does the world really need this??[/quote]

not rly no!!

but it another niche to fill and try and make some money from. As these 4x4 drivers cant be seen to be going backwards after all. I have the feeling this sort of product A7, BMW PAS may be bought by those who would have bought a rangie or an X5 but downt want the stigma attatched to such products in the current climate!

9 December 2008

I hope this car does end up looking like the 2 computer images, I think it looks great!

12 December 2008

Well I'm waiting for the A11- maybe that will have 5 seats?

15 December 2008

[quote pdmc]The Germans have now "invented" the desirable, versatile, executive hatchback have they? Perhaps MB would like to claim responsibility having been the first with the hideous R-Class or the stupid B-Class? Or maybe its BMW having introduced the otherworldy and frankly preposterous looking X6? Porsche's Panamera?[/quote]

To be fair, Audi have tried the big executive hatchback before in the 70s. The original Audi 100 'Avant' was a 5 door 5 seater hatchback version of the 100 saloon, similar in concept to the Renault 20/30 and Citroen CX. It was only when Audi lauched the aerodynamic 'Vorsprung durch Technik' 100 of the early 80s that the Avant became an estate.

Having said all that, I'd be surprised if the A7 turns out to be a hatchback. I remember spyshots of Volkwagen Phaeton prototypes being hatchbacks but the production car is a conventional saloon.

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