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.