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Old 11-26-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default 2010 Audi A7 - Spied

Spy shots of the A7, Audiís upcoming low-roofline sedan, continue to surface. The A7 is likely to be based on the next-generation A6 architecture, which itself will be a lengthened and modified version of the current A4/A5 platform. Judging from the name, the four-seat A7 should slot into the Audi lineup above the A6 and below the A8 and will likely occupy the $50,000-to-$70,000 price range. The grainy new snaps seen here clearly show the A7ís bulbous rear end, which hides a hatchback configuration, a body style that resembles the recently revealedóand not beautifulóPorsche Panamera.

In the U.S. weíre expecting that base A7s will be powered by the A6ís recently introduced 300-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6; V-8 engines are almost a certainty but we donít yet know if the V-8 will be the A6ís direct-injection 350-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 or the R8ís 420-hp, 4.2-liter V-8. Transmission choices will be a six-speed automatic, a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual, and an eight-speed automatic that will likely be reserved for the V-8 model.

After the launch of the regular-grade models, the sportier and more powerful S7 will debut, powered by the S6ís 5.2-liter V-10 with upwards of 435 hp under the hood. An ultra-powerful RS7 is a possibility, although it, like the current RS6 sedan and wagon, may be deemed too expensive and too niche-y for the North American market.

Audi usually shows a thinly disguised concept version before showing the final production car, and we expect such a concept of the A7 to debut in early 2009 at the Detroit auto show, with the production version appearing perhaps as early as the Geneva auto show in the spring.


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Old 11-26-2008, 05:58 PM   #2
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This is going to be a bad trend in styling...
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:22 PM   #3
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looks like somebody is copying the mercedes cls550
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Old 11-29-2008, 10:12 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by doylfish View Post
looks like somebody is copying the mercedes cls550
I think the CLS is beautiful, but I'm not seeing it with the Audi and I'm a big fan of nearly every Audi. I guess it's not much of a pic, so I'll wait to pass final judgement.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:51 AM   #5
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[sarcasm] You know what Audi needs? Another really big sedan. [/sarcasm]
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:13 AM   #6
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could someone photoshop one of those circle windows into the rear pillar for me.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:56 AM   #7
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wtf is that thing?
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:58 AM   #8
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Yeah...that's pretty gross...

Where have I seen that sort of shape before?

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