• Apr 27, 2010
2011 Audi A7 spy shots – click above for high-res image gallery

Brace yourselves for another round of swoopy coupe time boys and girls. Er, let's make that swoopy four-door coupe, which is, of course, a contradiction in terms, albeit an increasingly popular one. Of course no one wants to drive the Audi Oxymoron, which is why the brand with the four linked rings is calling their hyper-styled new offering the A7. And here's some shots of it mushing around Germany's famed Nürburgring.

Our impressions? It looks pretty good on the track of all tracks, with just a bit more body lean than you might expect. However, this is probably not the RS7 (or whatever they're going to call the high performance variant). That said, why would the base model have a pop-up, downforce-generating rear spoiler? We love the fact that zee Germans seem to be creating new automotive niches out of thin air. Anyhow, the upcoming A7 seems to be carving out an entirely new space.

We know that the original push behind the A7 was to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the O.G. four-door coupe. But what's with the Audi's hatch? Yes, the roof seems to slope off at a precipitous angle, but there's quite clearly a hatch – just like the Porsche Panamera. But unlike the biggest on-road Porker, the A7 rides not on a bespoke chassis but instead on a version of Audi's modular aluminum chassis that currently underpins the new A8 and will support the upcoming A6.

Curiously, and perhaps wisely, Audi didn't go down the BMW rabbit hole of creating a high-riding station wagon (like the 5 Series Gran Turismo), either. Best we can figure, the A7 will be just like a Jaguar XF – only with a fifth door. Why, then, would one be compelled to purchase the A7 over, say an A6 Avant? The A7 will probably be a bit larger than the A6 (perhaps just marginally bigger, but bigger nonetheless) and to some, size still matters. Besides, lots of folks simply don't want a two-box wagon form, preferring the added flash of a more streamlined form. And if you're Audi, you'll probably get bigger margins out of something like this than an estate, too – especially when the A7 is rumored to be priced just under the A8.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      A5 Sportback x150% -anyone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you look closely at the cut lines of the trunk, it appears not to be a hatch. Then again, maybe Audi is going with a double function trunk/hatch similar to the BMW 5-Series GT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. I don't see the workings of a rear hatch in these pics, just a really, really short trunklid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The original 4-door coupe was the 1999 Dodge Charger concept. Miraculously, the Germans killed it after the takeover and came out with the CLS a few years later...

      http://www.netcarshow.com/dodge/1999-charger_rt_concept_vehicle/800x600/wallpaper_05.htm
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well at least the difference is that Mercedes at least has global appeal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only one thing to say, A5 Sportback for the USA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hawt, finally a decent looking new a8 :D.

      though audi better release this soon, if the most recent bmw concept is any hint, bmw may have remembered how to design awesome looking cars again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First! ja ja just kidding.

      If they keep the design of the concept they will have a winner.

      • 4 Years Ago
      It's ok. CLS for my money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks good so far, but I still thing they should bring the A5 Sportsback to America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The A7 looks a world better than the Panamera- even while wearing the disguise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The headlights look low to me for some reason....looking forward to this though..the droopy CLS will finally have some proper competition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      cool but cls ftw
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