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Our spy photographers have managed to catch several new pictures of the 2012 Audi S7.

Snapped wearing an RS-style front bumper, the "hot hatch" is coming into focus as a highly desirable - and practical - alternative to the sea of German sameness. Additional information is limited, but the car will feature a sport-tuned suspension, a high-performance braking system and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

Under the hood, power will likely be provided by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that produces upwards of 429 hp (320 kW / 435 PS). Even more enticing, previous reports have indicated the RS7 could have 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS).

Regardless of the final specifications, the Audi S7 could be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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