• Nov 12th 2009 at 4:58PM
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Mystery Audi - Click above for high-res image gallery

"Whatever it may be, I like it!" So says Autoblog commenter P.V. concerning a mysterious series of camoflaged Audis that have been popping up all over the place (this one was caught again in Southern California). We tend to agree. In fact, we feel this way about most new Audis -- especially since Walter de'Silva took over the design reins. While it may not be beautiful, there's no denying the R8's curb appeal. Subtler, but far sexier, are the understated lines of the A5/S5 -- no small feat to pull off with a three-box coupe. And while the Q7 looks like some sort of prehistoric giant sloth (hey -- even Hank Aaron had his off at bats), we're still with P.V. 100%.

So, is this the new A8? Hard to say. The C-pillar fits the part but the rear glass really is radically sloped. And that trippy tape job really does mask the mule's size. Could it be the new A6? Again, yes, sure, but... There's almost something too daring about the shape to be such a meat and/or potatoes ride. How about this -- it might be the long-rumored A7. You know, the swoopy "four-door coupe" set to compete against cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLS. That makes much more sense. Take a long look at the rear glass and thick C-pillars in this spy shot. We thinks we may be on to something. Especially if you stare long and hard at the tail lights -- the outer ones appear real and taped off, while the inner lights appear to be fake pieces of reflective tape. A design that conforms to the blurry A7 shots we've seen. Hmmm... Thanks to Chris for the pics!

[Source: Black Not Black]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very well could be the A7, but the A8 also has pretty "radically sloped" rear window as well so it could be the A8 as well. I think the current gen A8 has a drag coefficient of .27? They're sweet cars
        • 5 Years Ago
        All cars are going to fastback rear glass for aero drag-reduction purposes, so that won't be differentiating the A7 from the A8.

        Plus all cars re downsizing to shed weight for fuel economy.

        I'm going to guess A8
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah, my guess is the a7 as well. i'll keep an eye out in sd in the event audi's doing another photo shoot :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      My guess is the A7
      the back looks very similar to the above image...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too daring? Are you kidding me? It looks like every other damn Audis out there...
        • 5 Years Ago
        "it looks like every other damn audi out there" yeah cause you can really compare this with other audi's seeing as you have no idea how this is going to turn out. really smart comment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "While it may not be beautiful, there's no denying the R8's curb appeal. Subtler, but far sexier, are the understated lines of the A5/S5 -- no small feat to pull off with a three-box coupe."

      Are you kidding me? R8 is flippin' gorgeous, like a land-bound fighter jet. The A5/S5 is not as sleek, nor as sexy, although not bad in itself, it is still a bit blocky.

      A6 has long had a sloping, stream-lined greenhouse shape. But an A8 wouldn't necessarily do badly with it, either, and could be going after the new Jag XJ, which is also quite streamlined in profile.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Meh, the A5 is useless and is as ugly as every other Audi in person.

        Looks like an old Accord coupe and it's way too big. Like some sort of boring knock-off of an A4 without the extra doors. I'll never understand why it exists. At least these things look less ugly with the camo on...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Anyone who says the A5 is ugly, tells me all I need to know about their opinion.
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