2009 Audi A7 Breaks Its Elusive Cover

Looks like the Audi A5 isn't the only one stirring things up lately. WorldCarFans has posted spy photos they claim to be the long (looooong) rumored Audi A7. Their spy shots look like a test mule wearing an A6 suit that's a little bit too small but we still like what we see. The track is stretched a bit as is the wheelbase, the interior is very reminiscent of the A8 but sports a revised dash and *gasp*, a cloth interior. That probably won't be making it into US production models (whenever that happens).

We're also wondering what's hiding under the soft drink cozy on the center console. Hopefully it's just a new shift knob and not some new form of electronic controller hell the Germans have devised. One clue to the maturity of this mule is this one seems to be sporting a wheelbase much closer to what a production version would be. The last A7 tester we saw was riding under a blacked out A4 body. When considering this along with the other cars in the lineup, and the pending Sportback, we're beginning to wonder how many niches Audi will be inventing for all these new models.