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By Mark Kleis

Until today the only spy shots of the upcoming S7's exterior were covered nose to tail in camouflage, but now we went from full camp to no camo with a complete view of the front, side and rear of the upcoming four-door Audi hot coupe.

Although most automakers have perfected the game of covering their cars, someone at Audi apparently forgot that the world is anxiously watching and left the automaker's compound in an all-new 2012 S7 - completely camo free.

Our latest shots were taken at quite a distance, but we can tell that the next S7 will boast a very handsome and unique design that will set it apart from its main competitor in the Mercedes-Benz’ CLS 63 AMG. Behind the S7 are quad pipes, intended to help vent plenty of hot exhaust coming from what is believed to be one of the V8 or V10 engines currently found in the R8 supercar.

Output also remains unknown, but given the range-topping RS7 is expected to feature a 580 horsepower V10, something in the 450 range sounds reasonable.

Inside, the S7's dash is completely different than the A8's, with more of a sporty, cockpit feel. Despite the leather boot on the shift knob, this S7 has Audi's seven-speed automatic transmission, but the paddle shifters on the steering wheel should still deliver plenty of driver control.

The standard-issue A7 should hit the market later this year, but Audi will likely delay the launch of the S7 model by about 12 months. Given that timeframe, expect the S7 to debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The performance-minded S7 sedan should arrive in Audi dealers in late 2011 or early 2012.



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