A sporting challenge from Audi
A German rival is set to take on BMW’s new 5 Series GT, writes Paul Gover
THE swirling black-and-white camouflage can easily get you thinking BMW— and the Carparazzi picture car this week is being hustled at speed around Germany’s Nurburgring.
The curvy roofline and low-to-theroad suspension settings also suggest something similar to theBMW5 Series Gran Turismo.
But this is actually an Audi, and the newest segment buster from the German brand.
The test car is the A7, which arrives next year as a sporty alternative to the A8 luxury limousine at the top of the family tree.
The design is a lot like the A5 Sportback— and the car is expected to be called A7 Sportback— but it picks up its inspiration from the Mercedes-Benz CLS and is likely to compete with BMW’s new 5 Series GT. Carparazzi shooters report the A7 is as big as the A8, but with a more rounded roofline and a hatchback rear end.
With some of the camouflage stripped away it is much more dramatic, too, than the A8 with a chiselled look and sports-set suspension. The A7 is likely to be revealed at either the upcoming Moscow Auto Salon or the Paris Motor Show in October, with Australian sales in the second half of next year.
On track: the Audi A7, captured at Germany’s Nurburgring, is seen as a sporty alternative to the A8 limousine. Picture: Carparazzi