• Apr 4th 2011 at 1:01PM
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The 2012 A7 five-door is drop-dead gorgeous and headed to an Audi dealer near you in the next month. Interested? You're going to have to shell out $59,250 (*$60,125 including $875 in destination charges) if you want to pick up the base Premium model. That puts the A7 right in the middle pricing-wise between the $45,200 A6 and the $78,050 A8.

Spending $60k on the coupe-like sedan will net you Audi's 310-horsepower, 3.0L TFSI V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Also standard is Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system with a rear-biased 40/60 power split. Jump up to the Premium Plus model and you're looking at a base price of $62,810 ($63,685 with destination). The Plus variant adds Audi Connect plus MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch controls.

The top-of-the-line Prestige model starts at $65,580 ($66,455 with destination), which adds four-zone climate control, full-time LED headlamps, 12-way power front seats with ventilation and a Bose sound system. The A7 configurator, which is live on Audi's sales site, shows that the A7 can be optioned out to $80,000 or more with options like a $5,900 Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, $1,500 20-inch Sport package and $5,800 innovation package that includes adaptive cruise control, night vision and blind spot protection. All models feature the supercharged 3.0-liter V6.

Hit the jump to read over the Audi press release, and head over to the Audi USA website to configure your own A7. How do you say "we want one" in German? Thanks to all for the tips!

[Source: Audi]
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* U.S. pricing for all-new Audi A7 starts at $59,250
* Iconic design and industry first innovative technology combine to deliver emotion, prestige and functionality
* All models feature supercharged 3.0L TFSI® V6 engine producing 310 hp

Audi announced that pricing for the all-new 2012 Audi A7 will begin at $59,250 with the first of the elegantly designed models reaching U.S. showrooms later this month.

The 2012 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the all-new Audi A7 is as follows:

2012 Audi A7 pricing (excluding $875 destination charge, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges):

A7 3.0T quattro® Tiptronic® $59,250

The all-new Audi A7 is a design icon, with technology to match its emotional styling. The A7 combines prestige, sportiness and functionality into a five-door coupe with seating for four. Through its emotion-evoking exterior and interior design as well as industry-first technology, the Audi A7 is sure to continue to attract new customers to the Audi brand.

The interior of the Audi A7 is a bold expression of contemporary design that matches the exterior of the vehicle. With impeccable attention to detail and craftsmanship, the wraparound sky-liner dashboard envelops the driver and front passenger and is a testament to the Audi legacy of inspirational interiors, providing exceptional fit and finish, comfort and luxury.

2011 Audi A7 | Highlights

While the coupe design of the Audi A7 attracts the eye, the aluminum-hybrid lightweight construction, with aluminum body panels and a steel frame, provides excellent handling, safety and fuel economy. The 3.0L TFSI V6 supercharged engine generates 310 horsepower and is paired with an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission yielding impressive fuel economy ratings (18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, according to the U.S. EPA, for a combined fuel economy rating of 22 mpg) with quattro all-wheel drive standard.

The A7 delivers excellent performance characteristics with usable functionality. The integrated rear spoiler automatically deploys at higher speeds to achieve maximum down force and improved aerodynamics.

Continuing to take a leadership role in bringing progressive, innovative technologies to our customers, the Audi A7 is available with the latest MMI® technology that provides a user-friendly interface for navigation, audio, phone and vehicle customization functions. In addition, the MMI touch handwriting recognition system allows customers to enter destination or telephone information with the touch of a finger.

The MMI system also serves as the interface with the industry-first Audi Connect system, which brings a whole new level of real-time user-relevant information into the vehicle. With first-to-market voice-activated Google Earth™, Google Local search, and, for passenger use, rolling Wi-Fi® hotspot functionality (first-to-market as Factory-installed option with integrated mobile broadband connectivity), the A7 enables new, progressive ways of interacting with the vehicle and its surroundings.

For more information regarding Audi Connect, please go to http://www.audiusanews.com/pressrelease/2286//what-audi-connect .

The A7 introduces an available Audi-first headup Display with a high-resolution, full-color display, as well as many innovative technologies which were recently introduced in the Audi A8 flagship, including available full LED headlights, Night vision assistant, Audi pre sense plus and the unmatched Bang & Olufsen® Advanced Audio System, which delivers 1,300 watts of audio bliss through 15 perfectly tuned speakers.

Design | highlights:

* Iconic 5-door coupe design utilizing aluminum hybrid lightweight construction.
* 4-seat configuration with folding rear seats
* Xenon plus headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights
* Unmistakable Audi Singleframe® grill design
* 7-inch Driver Information System
* 8-inch MMI screen with MMI touch technology
* Frameless side windows appropriate for coupe
* Ambient lighting plus using LED lighting technology

Engine/drivetrain | highlights:

* V6 3.0L TFSI supercharged engine delivering 310 hp and 325 lbs-ft of torque.
* 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission
* Legendary quattro all-wheel drive with 40:60 rear-bias torque split

Standard equipment | highlights:

* 18-inch wheels with all-season tires
* Xenon plus headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights
* Leather seating surfaces
* Power, heated front seats with driver lumbar support
* Automatic power tailgate
* Audi drive select
* SIRIUS® satellite radio
* Audi Music Interface
* Bluetooth® telephone and music player connection
* Homelink®
* Keyless go
* Power sunroof
* 3-zone automatic climate control
* Automatic headlights with light/rain sensor

Optional equipment | highlights:

Premium Plus includes:

* 19-inch 10-spoke wheels with all-season tires
* MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and Google Earth
* Audi Connect with 6 month complimentary data trial period
* Front and rear parking sensors and rearview camera
* 7-inch Driver Information System and 8" MMI screen
* HD Radio, CD changer and Jukebox

Prestige includes Premium Plus items and:

* S line® exterior (bumpers, grille)
* BOSE® surround sound system
* Advanced key (keyless entry)
* 4-zone climate control
* Ventilated front seats
* Adaptive headlights and cornering lights
* Power adjustable steering column
* Ambient lighting plus (LED interior lights)

Innovation Package:

* Full LED headlights
* Audi pre sense plus
* Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
* Audi side assist
* Head Up Display
* Night vision assistant

Sport Packages:

* 19-inch or 20-inch wheels with performance tires
* Sport suspension
* 3-spoke sport steering wheel with shift paddles

Driver Assistance Package:

* Audi pre sense plus
* Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
* Audi side assist

Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System (similar to A8 D4):

* 15 speakers including subwoofer and center speaker
* Acoustic lens emerging tweeters
* Speaker covers are polished aluminum
* 1300 watts of B&O® ICEpower®

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The green house is almost majestic,


      seeing this car in person is something else, some one should give Walter deSilva some kind of award
      • 4 Years Ago
      the supercharged V6 is good.

      I would have hoped that they would have given an optional V8 version. Maybe that'll come with the S7 or a twin-turbo V8 for the RS7. Not quite sure abt the non availability of the V8..cause some people buying these cars like to have that option atleast in the US..although in other countries bigger caRS (S CLASS - A8 are sold with V6 versions too)

      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't realize we were getting the A7. I'm a huge Audi fan, but I'd rather have any other Audi than this one. I don't see the "drop dead gorgeous" body in any of those shots. I find it awkward, which is a new feeling for me and Audis. Not feeling it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gorgeous car.

      If you've not driven an Audi (or Porsche) equipped with this supercharged V-6, and you've never read any of the heaps of praise it has received, then know this: It's at awesome motor, with power everywhere in the rev band. 0-60 in 5.5 (or less) is pretty quick.

      Want faster? Wait for the 450+hp S7 that's also on its way....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seen the commercial being shot in downtown LA yesterday, the car is absolutely gorgeous and looks even better in motion..

      Quite a stunner indeed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No V8. No Sale.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Needs more power though. Too bad DCT isn't even an option too, though maybe the target audience would've gotten confused between two "automatic" transmissions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, but can the windshield stop a 2x4?? If so, I'm in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No TDI clean diesel with DSG tranny...NO sale!
      When will we in America be treated to the diesel options afforded the rest of the civilized world? Audi, high time you give USA consumers the same selection courtesy you give OTHER nations. Make mine TDI or KEEP them all!
      • 4 Years Ago
      We got one in at work today, way sweet. The seats look like baseball gloves (but nice). Ours was $74,000 though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at pics of the A7 I can't see how this being a hatchback actually provides any additional space. The trunk space available looks like it could've all been just as easily available with a traditional trunk -- what am I missing? I guess having the whole rear end lift up would make loading easier, but I thought hatches are supposed to provide a lot more storage. Can anyone who has seen this in person comment?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you miss the new trend? It's called "buying uglier and less practical versions of existing cars for more money". See 5-series GT, this, oh and every other sedan-based semi-fastback with silhouettes like a pooping dog...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks like the Porsche Panamera wishes it could, but the Porsche probably drives like this Audi dreams of. VWAG has to get this right next time around...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw one of the $80,000 ones yesterday on a dealer's lot--I think I could skip most or all of the options and still be perfectly happy, but the whole segment is about wretched excess now that even econocars have as standard equipment everything that was exclusive to luxury cars a decade or so ago. Strangely, that extra $20K in options still doesn't seem to net you a wiper on the hatch's backlight--to think people were criticizing the $41K Chevy Volt for a similar lack. But why be practical when you can listen to your $6000 B&O radio instead?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just wait two years and it will drop 50% depreciation.
        Pick up a 25-30K mile A7 for under $40K.

        This thing ranks with ugly same as the Pontiac Aztek.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Merc CLS still looks sexy
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