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Part of Audi's plan for expansion includes taking the Mercedes-Benz CLS, BMW's upcoming 8-series and the Jaguar XJ replacement (due next year) head on. The automaker is convinced that the future of flagship sedans revolves around the "four-door coupe" body style and the A7 will be an attempt to dominate in that segment.
According to Autocar, the A7 will be 4,900mm long, underpinned by a stretched version of the A5's Modular Long Platform (MLP) that will also be used on the next A6. The platform puts a premium on optimum weight distribution, and while the A6 will feature a traditional coil-sprung suspension, the A7 is expected to ride on an air-spring setup.

Power is expected to come from a variety of gasoline and diesel powerplants, including a host of direct-injected engines ranging in displacement from 2.8- to 4.0-liters, along with a 2.7-liter diesel V6 and a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.0-liter TDI V6. Naturally, S7 and RS7 variants are planned, with the latter receiving the twin-turbo'd 5.2-liter V10 found in the RS6, delivering 600 hp to all four wheels through a new torque distribution system which will debut on the new S4. The base transmission on most models will be a six-speed manual, while a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a traditional automatic will also be offered.

Audi aims to sell 40,000 A7s each year, with the majority finding their way to the U.S. market. Look for the A7 to debut in 2010.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not a big fan of the air suspension. It came on my wife's allroad, but one of the bladders recently sprung a leak to the tune of $800. I only bought the allroad over the A6 because you could get it with a manual transmission. In the end, I would have preferred a more conventional suspension.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm going to guess that the original article on Autocar is wrong.

        The new A3/A4 uses magnetic ride, which is completely different than pneumatic: http://www.gizmag.com/go/5752/
      • 6 Years Ago
      But there's still no Audi A2 or A9.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Erm, nevermind.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There was a A2...

        highly expansive, high tech subcompact car, low consuption, thanks to full aluminium space fram light for todays standart, extrem reliable.. even out of production it still ranks as three year old car in the top three of the most relibale compact vehicles in the ADAC car break down statistic(compared to factory new cars!).. today the used car prices have skyrocket for used old A2.. it was no success as it hit the market.. today people have realized how good it was with the exploding fuel costs in Germany.. were we are one step ahead to get $10 each US gallon normal petrol/diesel

        That was the A2.. ugly but practical
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome, keep putting out the sports sedans Audi!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car looks nice but a quick glance at the front fenders and you think Audi took a page from the Bently Continental GT IMO.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not surprising considering they're from the same family

        Volkswagen --> Audi --> Lambo --> Bentley
        ... and Porsche is sorta like the red-headed stepchild, fits in there somewhere
      • 6 Years Ago
      Audi sure gives you enough choices. Is that twin turbo TDI going to make it into any of there smaller cars?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Get a V10 TDI into that, and you got yourself a great machine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's no mention of it in this article, but I thought the 7 was going to use aluminum for the spaceframe, body panels and suspension. Wasn't Audi's goal to beat MB and BMW by 700-800 pounds and go head to head with the new XJ in weight?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the rendering...if it looks anything like that it will be very nice. Though I hope they are a little more original...it could simply end up looking like a pancaked A6, which isn't bad...as I said it's nice...but I'd hope for something a bit different.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So now that they've ran out of number designations, will we be see more iterations named A4.25, A4.5, etc?
      • 6 Years Ago
      isn't S7 copyrighted?

      you know... Saleen S7...
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's what I thought! But if they make an RS7 they should forget the gallardo and give it the Murcielago's V12 with twin-turbos and give the brabus CLS rocket a bad day!
        • 6 Years Ago
        i highly doubt that saleen will bitch about it near as much as Porsche is with the "TT-RS" deal. The two cars arent even close to being competitors.

        First off, the Saleen S7 is in the supercar category, where as the Audi S7 will be in the sports/luxury coupe category.

        Second, the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo sells for nearly $600,000(from what i could find) where as a fully optioned S8(as a comparison point) sells for less than $110,000.

        Thats all. :) I wouldn't loose sleep over it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool! Audi is in the right track.
      The only missing think is the TT TDI in the US market...
      Man, I hate CA. LOL
      • 6 Years Ago
      MLP? Modular Longitudinal Platform, No??
        • 6 Years Ago

        The orginal name of the chassie is MLB (MLP is the english version)

        MLB = Modularen Längs Baukasten
        (Modular Longitudinal building set)

        in eglish named
        MLP=Modular Longitudinal Platform

        The B8 (MLB) platfrom is currently used for the A4(in Europe avaible since 2007), A5 and Q5
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