The second-generation S7 Sportback is making its spy photo debut from the 'Ring where Audi was testing a prototype covered in swirly camo.
Audi’s second take on the large “four-door coupe” has been spotted a couple of times testing in the regular A7 Sportback guise, but now it’s time to check out the spicier S7 version flaunting its quad exhaust tips. Looking as if it’s glued to the road, the disguised prototype comes to reconfirm the new models will lose the distinctive rear end of the current A7/S7/RS7 trio.
That doesn’t mean we are not eagerly waiting for the swirly camouflage to come off taking into account we can already see the design will have a lot in common with the gorgeous Prologue concept pictured below. As we’ve come to expect from recent Audis, the corporate singleframe grill is huge and will be joined by a pair of prominent side vents mounted in the front bumper.
The car doesn’t seem to be bigger than the current S7 Sportback, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the wheelbase is going to be stretched a bit to grant more rear legroom. In most of the adjacent spy images we get to see the power-retractable rear spoiler in action, along with the large black alloys backed by beefy brakes. Despite all the camo, the next S7 Sportback is already shaping up to be a sleek car judging by the appearance of what we believe is a production-bodied prototype.
It will be interesting to find out what will power it. The current car has Audi’s reputable biturbo 4.0-liter V8 with a meaty 450 horsepower (331 kilowatts), but its successor might downsize to a six-cylinder engine with a similar output. It could be an evolution of Audi's own new 3.0-liter V6 from the S4/S5, or a version of Porsche's 2.9-liter from the latest Panamera 4S where it has 440 hp (324 kW). Despite having roughly the same power, the new version will be faster and more economical as a result of making the switch to the MLB Evo platform expected to bring a healthy weight loss.
We will have to wait a considerable amount of time for the full reveal since the new S7 will obviously be out after the debut of the second-gen A7 Sportback slated for the end of 2017. That means a premiere of the high-powered Sportback will not occur before the second half of 2018 and it will likely go on sale as a 2019MY.
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