Winter development of Audi's Mercedes CLS rival continues
8 February 2010

These are the latest spy pics of Audi's new A7.

Development of Audi’s luxury coupe is ongoing in northern Scandinavia and it will be launched later this year before sales start in 2011.

The A7 will provide Audi with a rival to the BMW 5-series GT and Mercedes CLS and it will slot into its range between the A6 and A8.

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Autocar drove the Sportback concept late last year and Audi's head of exterior design, Achim-D Badstubner, said the Sportback's shape is as close as concepts get to production sign-off.

The A7’s mechanicals are a blend of A6 and A8; the floorpan will be from the next A6, and its wheelbase is identical. The engines are common to both models already and the A7 will use them too.

The interior, however, will more closely resemble the model higher up the Audi range and has a nautical theme running throughout.

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8 February 2010

The CLS and A7 are 4-door coupes. The 5-Series GT is not, and while i still have no idea what it is, apart from likening it to the Ford Fusion of the 5-Series range, why do Autocar keep saying it's a rival to the CLS and A7?

8 February 2010

Love the paint job but the car appears to be another overlarge, overweight, underinspired attempt by the German car industry to fill a niche that doesn't need filling.

8 February 2010

Maybe they should look for another niche to fill, how about the van and truck sector?

Peter Cavellini.

8 February 2010

The front is just cut and paste Audi design, the back just looks badly proportioned IMO. FAIL

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