When Audi announced pricing and details on the 2012 TT RS last week, four additional new 2012 models also debuted, ranging from the mainstream to the exotic.
The all-new 2012 Audi A6 features graceful German-styling, a plush, luxurious interior, and a choice of either a 211-horsepower four-cylinder or 310-hp V-6 engine; a hybrid may be coming our way next year. The new Audi A6 shed 78 pounds versus its predecessor through the extensive use of aluminum, including a new aluminum suspension that helps improve handling and driver control. Other new features include optional LED headlights, Audi Connect with Google Earth and Wi-Fi Hotspot capability, and a sporty “S line” package for base models. Prices begin at $41,700 for four-cylinder models and $49,900 for the V-6.
Also all-new for 2012 is the A7. This luxurious five-door hatchback competes against the BMW 5 Series GT, extending Audi’s reach into all areas of the luxury car market. Audi describes the new A7 design as an “icon” and “emotional,” but we see “big-A6 fastback.” Standard Audi interior amenities apply, but options include four-zone climate control and a Bang and Olufsen audio system with Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Google functionality with Wi-Fi Hotspot capability. With a 310 hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and 28 mph highway, the A7 is sure to please spirited drivers as well as commuters. Prices begin at $59,250.
Audi’s A8 flagship is now equipped with more prestige for 2012. The A8 L W12 arrives with a 500-hp 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine and a $133,500 price tag, a $48,800 increase over the A8 L 4.2 Quattro. Consumers opting for this model are sure to appreciate its 4.4-second sprint to 60 mph as they get a massage from its 22-way adjustable Valcona leather seats. Other new features include Balao Brown interior package, and standard Google Earth and Wi-Fi Hotspot capability. Base model A8s come with a 372 hp 4.2 liter V-8 and Bose audio system, with prices starting at $78,750.
While we’re excited about the TT RS, it isn’t the most exclusive new model for 2012. That title belongs to the limited-edition R8 GT Quattro Coupe, featuring the company’s stellar 560-hp 5.2 liter V-10 engine. Limited to only 90 vehicles, the R8 GT Quattro Coupe includes exclusive colors, a plethora of lightweight carbon fiber body trim pieces, a fixed-wing rear spoiler, and an individually numbered gear shifter. While “base” R8s begin at $114,200, the Quattro Coupe will deflate its owner’s bank account a cool $196,800–that’s $54,666 per second to 60 mph, or slightly less than $100 per mph of top speed.
Prices do not include destination charges or other fees.