It's game set and ‘hatch’ for Auto Express’s spy photographers. They snapped these world exclusive images of the new Audi A7 as it was prepared for a first road test in Germany. Our pictures reveal the car’s sculpted headlamps, as well as the practical tailgate, which is open.
Underlining the A7’s driver appeal is an imposing radiator grille and at the rear, the hint of an aerodynamic spoiler. The completely undisguised machine has been spied nearly 12 months ahead of its launch at 2010’s Paris Motor Show.
But the newcomer won’t just offer a dramatic look – insiders at the Ingolstadt company say it will also raise the bar even higher in terms of interior quality. The cabin is set to get fully adjustable benches front and rear, as well as four and five-seat layouts. Plus, the A7 will showcase cutting-edge technology, including the second generation of Audi’s MMI cabin control system.
Under the skin is a stretched version of the platform which underpins the A5 Coupé, although the car will be fitted with air-suspension to provide sharp handling and a smooth ride. From launch, engine options will comprise a trio of V6 diesels, including a new 3.0-litre twin-turbo, plus V6 and V8 petrol powerplants. Hot S7 and RS7 models are also in the pipeline.