2011 Audi A7 spy photos

After experiencing technical difficulties earlier this week, our spy photographers have continued hunting down the new Audi A7 to bring us these clearer, more revealing images of the German marque's new four-door, four-seat coupe cold weather testing in Sweden.
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The new Audi A7 is a challenger to models such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Volkswagen Passat CC and BMW 5 Series GT and is expected to reach European showrooms later this year, most likely as a 2011 model year.

The Audi A7 uses the same platform as the current Audi A6 meaning lightweight aluminium underpinnings with various steel reinforcements.

Higher-end models will feature air suspension while engine preferences begin with the 2.8-litre V6 FSI and end with the new supercharged 3.0-litre V6 in petrol format and either a 2.7- or 3.0-litre unit on the diesel front. No four-cylinder petrol models are expected though we do expect at least one hybrid variant.

A blend of six- and seven-speed manual, automatic and dual-clutch S-tronic transmissions will also feature depending on model variant and engine selection. Best of all, Audi plans to shoehorn its 5.0-litre twin-turbo V10 in to the new A7 to create an RS7. A detuned S7 variant will also be available.

Rumours from Ingolstadt also indicate a convertible version is also in the pipeline. Pricing and full specification details will be released closer to the Audi A7's official launch mid-2010.