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New Audi A7 Sportback: First Official Photos!

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The first official images of the all new Audi A7 Sportback are making the internet rounds today ahead of the sport saloon's debut on Monday. These photos, which were sent our way by Carscoop reader Enrico, prove that the production car has stayed remarkably true to the 2009 Detroit Show concept's appearance.

Most differences concern practical details such as the shape and size of the exterior mirrors, and the air-inlets on the front bumper. The car also keeps the show car's five-door body style with a practical rear hatch.

In a similar fashion, the styling of the interior is almost identical to the concept, sans the colors and the decorative trim. From what we know, the just-under 5-meters long A7 Sportback will be strictly for four passengers.

Mechanically, the A5 Sportback's (see photos here) big brother is heavily based on the next generation of the A6 and according to our sources, at launch it will be offered with both diesel and gasoline V6 engines including the new 3.0-liter TSI unit with some 290-horsepower. It goes without saying that the A7 Sportback will be available with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system and S-tronic dual clutch transmissions.

Expect to see performance-oriented S7 and RS7 variants, as well as a hybrid model being added to the range within the next year or so.

The A7 Sportback will slot between the A6 and A8 executive saloons with its main competitors being the new Mercedes-Benz CLS and the BMW 5-Series GT (at least until BMW unveils the production version of the Gran Coupe).

Thanks for the photos Enrico B.!



31 Comments:

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

nice hatchback.

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

The Audi Sportback unveiled last year was something truly special, this looks like a stretched Audi A5 sportback. It's remarkably dull.

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

very chandy...

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

The A5 Sportback looks dull. THIS looks right.

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

not DOOSH DOOSH enough

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

They BOTH look dull.

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

Dull.

MatthewNZ said... »July 24, 2010

Dull? Maybe the pictures don't do it justice, but for an Audi this thing has some pretty aggressive proportions, as well as looking more chiseled and muscular than the A5 sportback.

Probably the best looking new Audi to date.

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

Audi is going down the old BMW route of 'same sausage, different lengths'.

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

it's no jag XF and that doesn't even try to be a coupe

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

This would've made for a fantastic Panamera. I think the hatch is a bit bulbous for my liking, but I'll wait until I see it in more pictures and perhaps real-life.

Tony said... »July 24, 2010

A4 + A5 + A6 + A8 = Audi A7...

And its ugly.... ;)

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

It looks alot like the BMW 5 series Hatchback, I thinks its called the GT.. dull is the correct terms!

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

cant say i love it, yet....

theres a bit of a semblance to an 80s aston martin v8 to that back, no?
a 4-door aston martin by audi?

--JORGE

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

terribly disappointed, perhaps because i am such an avid audi fan. i was stoked about the car until now. i must admit, at least the interior is gorgeous.

donald said... »July 24, 2010

What the crap? After just defending the concept, they give me this. The Concept look entirely better. In fact they look like two different cars. This actually looks like a hatchback unlike the concept. This looks like crap. I wonders why they couldn't keep the front fascia like it originally was?

Carguy123

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

please change the shifter!

Anonymous said... »July 24, 2010

Nicely done. Per usual, Audi hits a grand slam with the interior.

Anonymous said... »July 25, 2010

beautiful.
if I couldn't afford an Audi, I would think it's "dull" too. LOL

Anonymous said... »July 25, 2010

Tilt you monitor backwards, or darken the second pic with an image editing software... You will see what Audi is going for.

I gotta say ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.

Pay attention to how the front fascia is curved and creased. Especially around the grill.

Wheelosphere.org said... »July 25, 2010

Doesn't have the design flair of the CLS or the Estoque. A niche model should look special and somehow, neither the A7 nor the BMW Grancoupe are. They just look like normal Audis or BMWs with big engines and larger size.

Anonymous said... »July 25, 2010

The car is beautiful..the flanks and the rear. But Audi you have to make your cars distinctive. The face has to offer that. The person driving an A7 would like the people looking at it to know its a A7 without much strain.

Anonymous said... »July 25, 2010

i slammed this car earlier, but in all fairness, i need to see it in person. some cars do not photograph well or merely need time getting used to. it certainly evokes passion and that is what car makers are after.

Anonymous said... »July 25, 2010

Front like all Audi have and rear is very ugly!!!

Anonymous said... »July 25, 2010

Station wagon anyone?

Anonymous said... »July 25, 2010

From the rear passenger doors till the end of the car it looks ugly

Anonymous said... »July 26, 2010

"Audi is going down the old BMW route of 'same sausage, different lengths'."

Agree with you on this... If I were given the choice of sausages (e.g. cheese, curry-flavored, etc)over the A7 Sportback... My preference will be the wursts...

Anonymous said... »July 26, 2010

lol you can sum why I wont even look at an Audi besides their boring and unreliable...that guys commment that said people here think its dull because tehy cant afford an Audi...the people that think the brand actually has brand cache here in the states and they dont and their undeserved elitists attitude for driving jokes ill stick with BMW...driving a much better car and at least it gives a reason to be arrogant...

Anonymous said... »July 26, 2010

For those calling this beautiful , park this next to a Maserati Quattroporte or Jag and watch it fade into the background...

Anonymous said... »July 26, 2010

I really don't understand the purpose of the 5-series GT and this A7 Sportback. Do they replace the station wagons ? Because of they don't, it would be stupid.

Anonymous said... »July 26, 2010

There's no point to this car. Aside from the kammback, what does this have over an A8?

That's right, nothing.

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