• Dec 22, 2008


We can debate whether the "four-door coupe" is a genuine segment or merely a bit of marketing piffle, but that isn't stopping the genre from swelling at an impressive rate. The next chapter in the burgeoning niche looks to be written by Audi, as the German automaker has just confirmed that a conceptual version of their new A7 will debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show. As its nomenclature would suggest, it is expected that the A7 will slot in between the A6 and the A8 in both mission and price, likely with running gear derived from the former.

The neither-fish-nor-fowl A7 will take on the soon-to-be-refreshed Mercedes CLS and potentially the denied-but-apparently-still-being-developed BMW CS.

According to Automotive News, Audi hopes to shift about 40,000 units of the slippery A7 worldwide, but it is unclear if this figure is model-range wide (a hardtop convertible is expected), or just the standard A7. In either case, sales are expected to commence in late 2009 or in the first quarter of 2010.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The title of this article is a little misleading. We already knew an A7 concept, and I clicked the link expecting news instead the production version would debut. Anyhow, I'm sure it will be an attractive car.

      Am I the only one who thinks the Panamera looks like a station wagon?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can they show off the US-based S4 avant instead? Better yet, how about giving the US the RS4 avant... damn AoA!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Who wants a fast wagon?

        Audi Avants rock! A great family hauler with sports car like handling (see S4, RS4, S6, and RS6 avant) and all the utility of a mid size SUV. Plus sleeper status when you watch the look of a guy who just got dusted by a "wagon" in his 4.6L mustang
        • 6 Years Ago
        are you kidding, audi avant's are just sexy!

        and if you want to know if we'r ehte minority just go back to the comments on any other avant posts on AutoBlog and you'll see that there is definitely an appetite for this body type.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So.... avant is a cool way of saying wagon? Who the hell wants a fast wagon
        • 6 Years Ago
        are you kidding, audi avant's are just sexy!

        and if you want to know if we'r ehte minority just go back to the comments on any other avant posts on AutoBlog and you'll see that there is definitely an appetite for this body type.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought 4-door convertibles were impossible in the unibody, plastic-bumper era?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks good and sounds good. Bring it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm curious how this one will look in person at the show. You can only tell so much from a drawing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      not bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i did this A5 4 door 'coupe' about 6 months ago. scale it up a bit, take away the suicide doors, and you'll probably have the A7, fastback roofline and all.

      http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c40/artandcolour2006/Photochops/S5_fourdoor_July.jpg
        • 6 Years Ago
        why does it sparkle?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it... this car should look incredible
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't that the sketch of the A8?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Unless this car comes with a 6.2L V8... which produces 3000hp and has economy of 150mpg... nuclear and economic crisis protection then it would be the car for me...

      Otherwise its a cynical marketing gimmic which will sell massively because its seen as being exclusive
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