• Jul 27th 2007 at 8:25AM
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CAR has been releasing what it's called "official sketches" from Audi execs privy to the future of the four-ringed automaker. This latest drawing shows what Ingolstadt plans to pit against the Mercedes CLS in the burgeoning sports sedan segment, likely to be dubbed the A7. Built off the next generation A6 platform, the shapely sedan will get similar styling cues as its cross-town rival, with a steeply raked roof flowing into what looks like a low-slung hatch.

Power is expected to come from either a three-liter V6 or a 4.8-liter V8, with the RS model fitted with a Lamborghini-sourced V10 in either naturally aspirated or twin-turbo'd trim. Expect a 4.2-liter TDI unit to be available in Europe as well.

Pricing will land squarely between the A6 and A8, so its safe to assume that prices abroad will be in the £35,000-£50,000 range, with the possibility of a soft-top model also being offered further down the road.

According to CAR, the A7 will make its debut at the 2008 New York Auto Show, with sales beginning in September 2009.

[Source: CAR]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Dodge Intrepid and it's Chrystler sister came to mind (from a few years back)

      even 300M'ish

      Audi needs to go back to the drawing board
        • 8 Years Ago
        You nailed it. This is very Chrysler Pre-Gangster/Daimler days. I thought they were heading in the right direction with those. Maybe Audi can take the look further now, 10 years later.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I only can laugh about the renderings car magazine presents..

      If you wanna get a idea how a future German car possible look like look at renderings from autobild... they are pretty close to the real deal.. their A5 rendering was nearly 100% correct..

      Autobild Audi A7 convertible

      Autobild Audi A7 Coupe

      • 8 Years Ago
      Audi is a good type of car. It looks a little bit smaller than the other models released by Audi. I can't wait to buy this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They do look pretty credible and look along the lines of previous Audi sketches. How do they obtain them is the question. Other manufacturers would kill a publication for posting important documents such as this on the web. The hype for the A7 will be great at first, but it'll die down before the pre-production prototype is unveiled next April. Just my two cents.

      William L.
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