The 2011 Audi A7 has been spied on the Nurburgring for the first time. See the pictures inside.

The 2011 Audi A7 has been spied on the Nurburgring for the first time.

Essentially a production version of the A7 Sportback concept, the car is envisioned as a sporty alternative to the A8. It features dramatic styling, a low roofline, and a rear hatch. While this particular mule is heavily camouflaged, our spies have previously caught the A7 undisguised.

Engine options will likely include a 268 hp (200 kW / 272 PS) supercharged 3.0-liter V6, a 372 hp (277 kW / 377 PS) 4.2-liter V8, a 250 hp (184 kW / 253 PS) 3.0-liter TDI, and a 350 hp (258 kW / 355 PS) 4.2-liter TDI. A turbocharged petrol V8 remains a possibly, but nothing is confirmed.

Look for the A7 to unveiled at the Moscow Auto Salon or the Paris Motor Show.

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