Audi’s new A7 Sportback is expected to make its world debut next month at the 2010 Moscow Auto Show and in the lead up to the unveiling the automaker has launched a new teaser site--but unfortunately it’s in Dutch. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to see the car as it’s expected to be revealed online at the end of this month.
Due towards the end of the year, the new A7 will arrive as a 2011 model and may or may not carry the Sportback tag. Production is scheduled to take place in Audi’s Neckarsulm plant, where the automaker has already invested millions of dollars.
A very wide range of powertrains will be offered in the A7 and its eventual S7 and RS7 sport-focused variants. Everything from diesel-electric hybrids to 600 horsepower V-10 engines will be found under the hood of one variant or another.
A 6-speed manual gearbox and 8-speed automatic will be available in the lower-spec models, while a 7-speed dual-clutch unit is also expected to be offered in the higher-performance variants. North American models are also expected to get Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive as standard, though it’s not known if European market variants will have a rear-wheel drive option. Audi’s new torque-vectoring system will also be part of the package.
Sales of the A7 are only expected to reach the 40,000 mark annually, but the image boost it will offer with its high-tech features and glamorous look--especially in a rumored convertible variant--are important for Audi’s development as a brand.