2018 Audi A7 Leaked as Scale Model, Photos Aren't Flattering

2018 Audi A7 Leaked as Scale Model, Photos Aren't Flattering 3 photos
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We don't want to sound like grumpy old men here, but weren't German saloon cars much better looking? I mean, just look at this all-new Audi A7, or rather a scale model of it, which has leaked out online ahead of the official debut.
We're looking at two leaked images of an A7 scale model which have been published by the Dutch magazine Auto Week. We've seen this happen many times before and frankly, we were expecting the A7 leak because of the 2017 Q4 debut schedule.

In all likelihood, Audi will debut production car at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and there are many reasons for that. The old A7 was partly designed in California; it's very popular there, and the Prologue preview concept of 2014 was also driven on public roads there.

So what do we think of the scale model? Well, the design doesn't blow us away. The outgoing 4-door coupe looks beautiful from most angles, but this is more like one of those cars that require all the options. That's probably exactly what the money-hungry Audi wants in the first place.

The front end is defined by geometric shapes like the hexagonal grille or the triangular air intakes. This looks like the model with the S-line body kit since it resembles the S7 prototype and boasts some chunky-looking side skirts. While sporty and somewhat imposing, the A7 doesn't scream "coupe" in any way, unlike the CLS-Class.

The only upside is that it will be easy to tell it apart from the A8 since the sedan doesn't have those winglets at the bottom of the intakes. But the engine will be the same, and until the RS7 arrives, all of them will probably be of the V6 variety. Even the S7 will switch to a twin-turbo 2.9-liter.

This four-door will probably sell on the quality of its interior alone. You're going to see several screens dotted around the place, but much fewer buttons. That and the expected 200 lbs weight saving will make some owners of the old A7 trade in.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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