• Jan 10, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of the Audi Sportback concept

Audi's hotly-anticipated A7 will bow in conceptual form at tomorrow's North American International Auto Show, and we have the first leaked images of the showcar, dubbed "Sportback." Details at this point remain slim, but as you can see from the photos, all of the major Audi design cues are in play, including a more nuanced version of the brand's horsecollar grille and LED eyelash headlamps.

The roofline of the "four-door coupe" is surprisingly fastback like, leading us to believe that the car could in fact be a full-blown hatchback. From the rear three-quarter view, the car actually has a certain Lamborghini Estoque quality to it, but that's mainly because of the taillamps and the angular exhaust outlets.

According to our source at Audi, the Sportback is in fact larger than the A6, and it is built on Audi's new modular longitudinal build kit (LBK), which is adjustable for length, width, and height depending on packaging needs. The same chassis setup will likely form the basis for future larger Audis, including the production version of the Sportback which is expected to be dubbed A7. We'll report back from opening day of the Detroit Auto Show tomorrow morning with more details and photos of the Sportback. so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out the high-res gallery below.


[Source: Fourtitude]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Styling is a little over the top, and too aggressive. Too few cars nowadays have that graceful design language that can also make a car look good, without evil, squinting eyes and bold muscular creases. I'd prefer an A8 if I were looking for a luxo-barge, to be honest, since it's more discreet and that to me is an important trait.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the same basic platform then that the new A8 will ride on right?

      Along with the next Bentley Arnage, or whatever they call it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      headlights are like mitsubishi lancer's
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now it looks like everyone can do a 'four-door coupé' except Porsche. Awesome job, Audi.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome.

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      logan
      • 6 Years Ago
      I absolutely love it! I don't really care for the headlights, a little too aggressive for the rest of the car. The wheels could be an inch smaller maybe. There's also something about the doorhandles I don't like, can't put my finger on it though. I see a bit of Jaguar in the rear, but that's certainly not a complaint. I expect a lot from Audi as far as styling, and this certainly doesn't disappoint!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I take it back, the new E-Class is ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      pure sex.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow... absolutely astonishing....

      the overall line, and rear looks great. miles better than porsche panamera.

      the front probably need a bit of work tho... maybe we are simply not used to the new style...

      with prices probably more than 30% lower than the porsche... the audi will probably beat the #$%& out of panamera!

      really hope the RS7 would have a higher rev, lower weight TT 4.0L instead of the TT V10 from the current rs6 tho.
      • 6 Years Ago
      great
      but the rear as the rear of lamborgini and porshe
      i hate the rear of the three
      there is something wrong in it
      just see the rear of A.Martin Rapide to know what am talkin about
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm going to get flamed for this, but I actually think I prefer this to the Estoque (which you can clearly see in this concept). I love the Estoque's profile, but I prefer this one's front-quarter and rear quarter views. I wouldn't be ashamed at all driving either though. :-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        too bad the audi fan boys will never admit it.
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