The German automaker Audi priced the 2012 A7 at $59,250 for the 3.0T quattro Tiptronic variant, excluding $875 for destination.
That’s a pretty good price compared with its competitors, the Mercedes CLS-Class ($74,000) and Porsche Panamera V-6 ($74,400). The top-of-the-line A7 Prestige model starts at $66,455, including shipping.
Presently, standard equipment found on the new model includes 18-inch wheels, leather seating surfaces with power and heated buckets up front, a power tailgate, three-zone automatic climate control, and a sunroof. The MMI system of the Audi A7 is offered together with the Audi Connect system. This includes voice-activated Google Earth, Google Local search and WiFi hotspot functionality for the passengers.
At the top of the range, $66,455 buys an A7 Prestige, bringing front seats with even more adjustability, four-zone automatic climate control, an S-line sport trim pack, an upgraded sound system, and—yes, we’re a bit surprised this is not standard on all trims, too—a power adjustable steering column.
The car features an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and the Audi all time 4-wheel drive Quattro, with 40:60 rear-bias torque split. With standard all-wheel drive, the car is rated at 28 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city.
The rear spoiler automatically deploys at higher speeds to add downforce and improve aerodynamics. The cabin holds four people, and rear seats can fold to increase cargo space.
The full and official unveiling of the U.S.-spec 2012 Audi A7 will come in just a couple of weeks at the 2011 New York Auto Show, and we’ll have the latest as it breaks.