The magazine says the 2010 Audi A7 will fit in the same category as the Mercedes-Benz CLS, as well as the replacement for the Jaguar XJ and a rumored BMW 8-Series. All are four-doors but have coupe-like rooflines, and all put an emphasis on performance instead of rear-seat room.
The new Audi A7, Autocar says, will be based on the next Audi A6, which itself is being spun from the new Audi A5/A4 running gear. It will be a flagship for the brand, even though the aluminum-framed A8 is due for replacement in the next few years.
Hardware for the A7 will include an air suspension, a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and a choice of gas or diesel engines. The top engine is likely to be a 4.0-liter direct-injection V-8, Autocar says--until an RS7 with a 600-horsepower, 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-10 comes along. That engine is also due to be seen in the new Audi S4 coming to the Paris auto show this fall. Audi may also be working on a hybrid powertrain for the A7.
Stay here for more info on the A7 as it develops. I'll be reporting from the Paris auto show in October, so make sure to bookmark my blog, along with our auto-show pages, as TheCarConnection.com will be launching a new auto-show look this fall, too.