The Audi A7 has hit the Nürburgring for some quick laps. These spy photos are the third set CarAdvice has secured so far and show the new four-door coupe testing suspension settings at Germany's favourite high-speed circuit.
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The Audi A7, which is due to be released later this year (most likely as an MY11 model) will challenge the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Volkswagen Passat CC and BMW 5 Series GT.

Sharing the same underpinnings as the Audi A6, the all-new Audi A7 will offer a range of petrol and diesel powerplants, as well as at least one hybrid variant. No four-cylinder models are expected in the A7 range.

Offering a mix of six- and seven-speed manual gearboxes, plus automatic and dual-clutch S-tronic transmissions, Audi will also offer an S7 variant featuring a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V10, which may even be the model pictured. A convertible version is also rumoured to be in the pipeline.

Pricing and full specification details will be released closer to the car's launch later this year or early in 2011.

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