Audi has released pricing on its 2012 model range. The big news is for the top-of –the-line A8L flagship which sports an available 6.3-liter W-12 engine rated at 500-hp and 463 lb-ft of torque backed by an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission hooked to Audi’s requisite Quattro all-wheel-drive system for the paltry sum of $133,500.
Audi says the W-12 powered long-wheelbase A8 will scoot to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.4 seconds, claiming its flagship sedan “contains the highest level of luxury available in the luxury segment.” Your $133,500 also buys four seats richly appointed with Valcona leather sporting ventilation and massage functions with front seats featuring 22-way power adjustment; alcantara headliner surrounds the panorama sunroof. The A8L W12 also features LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, rear seat entertainment system and Audi connect featuring Google Earth and Wi-Fi hotspot capability — all standard.
Audi’s 4.2-liter V-8 can be had in the standard wheelbase A8 ($78,750) and the base A8L ($84,700) as well.
No changes this year for Audi’s compact A3 hatch which starts at $27,270 featuring a 2.0-liter TFSI inline four-cylinder engine mated to the manual transmission. Adding the S tronic dual-clutch transmission nudges the price up to $28,750. Stepping up to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive with the S tronic costs a mere $2100. For those who prefer Audi’s 2.0 TDI clean diesel (only available with front-wheel drive and the S tronic) pricing starts at $32,250. All models can be upgraded to “Premium Plus” for an additional $2000 over the base “Premium” pricing.
For those who want to get into the mid-size A4 sedan pricing starts at $32,500 for a base 2.0T FWD and rises to $42,000 for the top line Prestige package. Quattro 2.0T sedans start at $33,000 and top out at $44,100. The Avant wagon is only available with the 2.0T and Quattro and prices range from $36,400 to $46,300. The S4 sports a supercharged 3.0 V-6 with 333-hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Pricing starts at $47,300 with a manual and tops out at $55,400 with the S tronic and Prestige package.
Audi’s A5 coupe starts at $37,100 with the 2.0T and Quattro standard and tops out at $47,500 for a loaded Tiptronic. The S5 coupe steps up to Audi’s 4.2-liter V8 and starts at $53,900 with a conventional stick transmission. Adding Tiptronic and the top level Prestige package takes the S5 Coupe up to $61,400. The only way to get a front-wheel drive A5 is in the cabriolet, which starts at $42,600 with the multitronic gearbox and plateaus at $51,800. Prices range from $44,700 to $53,900 when adding Quattro and Tiptronic to the soft-top A5. The S5 cabriolet differs from the S5 coupe by using the supercharged 3.0 V-6 mated to its Quattro through an S tronic transmission. Prices start at $59,300 and hits $65,600 with the top line prestige package.
The A6 line is simplified compared to the rest of the Audi’s cars. The base A6 with the 2.0T is only available with the multitronic transmission driving the front wheels. The base Premium package starts at $41,700 and the Premium Plus package adds an additional $4220. The only other drivetrain configuration offered in the A6 is the 3.0T hooked to Audi’s Quattro AWD through the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. Premium starts at $49,900; Premium Plus costs $54,120 and the top level Prestige runs $56,780.
The Q5 line is also simplified with the base model powered by the 2.0T with the Tiptronic connecting it to Quattro. Prices range from $35,600 for Premium to $39,900 for Premium Plus. The only other drivetrain option for the Q5 is the naturally-aspirated 3.2 V-6. Premium Plus is the base package and starts at $43,000. Adding the top-line Prestige package to the V-6 brings the total up to $50,100.
Audi’s top level SUV, the Q7, starts at $46,250 and features Quattro standard. Adding the Premium Plus package adds another $6300 to the bottom line. The only way to get the Prestige package in the gas-powered Q7 is by stepping up to the S line for a grand total of $59,950. The clean diesel 3.0 TDI model starts at $51,450 and tops out at $63,950.