The 2011 Audi A7, a "sportback" vehicle that fits somewhere in between sedan, coupe and wagon
Details are emerging concerning the upcoming Audi A7, a four-door "coupe" that will be a direct rival to Mercedes-Benz's popular CLS and BMW's upcoming entry, the Gran Turismo.
The more ordinary A7 variants will be powered by a pair of V-6 mills. The first, a 204 horsepower 2.8-liter engine is the base model, followed by 3.0-liter supercharged engine making 300 horsepower in the first step up. An upgrade to S7 trim will bring with it another 94 horsepower in the form of a 4.0-liter V-8. The RS7's 600 horsepower 5.0-liter twin-turbo V-10 is the range-topper. The S7 and RS7 will be released two years apart, with the S7 arriving first in early 2011 and the RS7 after that.
A six-speed manual gearbox and eight-speed automatic will be available in the lower-spec models, while a seven-speed dual-clutch unit is also expected to be offered in the higher-performance variants.
Air suspension will replace the standard spring-based system found in other Audis.
The prices of A7 are expected to start at £40k and the sales are only expected to reach the 40,000 mark annually.
The A7 is expected to make its official debut later this year at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
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