To set the mood, Audi let us drive the A7 Sportback concept in the Los Angeles area. It was first shown at this year’s Detroit auto show and is as close as you can get to the A7 production car. The changes to the exterior will be minimal: Audi will come up with an even more angular front, replacing the overwrought lower air intakes of the concept. The rear panel also will be slightly more upright and the car will stand less than half an inch taller. That’s it.
Rather than second-guessing well-established categories and the fluid lines of the past, Audi’s designers have come up with a stunningly graceful fastback—in the spirit of the more futuristic executive sedans of the 1970s. Its shape renders the A7 a direct competitor of the Mercedes-Benz CLS.
Source: Car and Driver