A sport­ing chal­lenge from Audi

A Ger­man ri­val is set to take on BMW’s new 5 Se­ries GT, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

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

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