We reported earlier that the 2011 Audi A7 is going to launch later this fall, at either the Paris or Moscow motor shows. In anticipation of the production car's unveiling, Audi has launched an A7 teaser site -- in Dutch.
Audi first previewed its forthcoming four-door coupe in concept form at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. A thinly veiled version of the production car, simply called the Sportback Concept, also previewed Audi's new design direction. A little over a year later, we're now anticipating the production car, which we learned may get a sedan version as well as the slinky design seen here.
According to Audi, its designers were given a clean sheet of paper to come up with those gorgeous curves. Audi says the "A7 is pure beauty." We haven't seen the production A7 yet, but we hope it mirrors the beauty of the concept.
The A7 will slot in just below the new A8 in Audi's lineup, and will include all of Audi's latest electronic features. It can be equipped with Audi's MMI system (likely the latest touch-pad input system seen in the A8, possibly incorporating Audi's Google function for navigation), Audi's pre-sense collision mitigation safety system, a head-up display, and the night vision system that debuted on the new A8.
We also heard Audi is planning several different powertrain variations for the car, including potent S and RS models, hinted at by the teaser site's description, "A true coupe has power and speed to make for a thrilling experience." The base A7 is likely to receive at least one version of Audi's new turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with at least 272 horsepower. As part of a trend to downsize engines in favor of fuel economy, we wouldn't be surprised if Audi does away with a V-8 in the A7 entirely, similar to what it did with the new Q7. The hi-po S7, however, may use a version of Audi's 4.2-liter V-8 like the 450-horsepower version found in the new RS5. The RS7 is tipped to use a version of the R8's 5.2-liter V-10 producing at least 525 horsepower.
If early indications are correct, the A7 will have the power to go along with its looks; whether or not the über-powerful cars make it to the States is another story altogether. We'll have to wait and see as Audi unveils more information on the Dutch teaser site, hopefully to be joined by other languages soon, closer to the car's reveal. Stay with us as we inch closer to a possible unveiling in either Paris or Moscow.