2012 Audi A7 to start at $59,250,* configurator live

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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!

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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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