If you’re considering an Audi as your car for 2017, here’s a quick look at your possible choices.
Nowadays, the competition among the high end luxury and sports car German brands isn’t just limited to BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Audi is in the mix too, and for good reason. While in the 1980s the Audi reputation for quality was basically a joke, this time they’re very serious about actually competing with Mercedes-Benz and BMW for Teutonic supremacy.
So here’s a quick look at the upcoming Audi lineup for 2017:
This super sports car is the priciest in the Audi lineup. If you have at least $165,450 then you can get one as a coupe or a convertible. It shares the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracán, and so it also comes with the high-RPM V10. While the 5.2-liter engine will provide you with 540 horses and 398 pound-feet of torque, you can also get the V10 with 610 horses and 413 pound-feet of torque. This V10 engine doesn’t have the turbochargers that have become ubiquitous of late.
Also, you don’t get your traditional instrument cluster. Instead, you get a more high tech virtual cockpit display that measures 12.3 inches. The switch gear combines form and function nicely, while you even have diamond-stitched leather seats.
It does appear a bit flashy compared to more mundane cars. But at least it’s not as flamboyant as a Lamborghini.
This is the flagship sedan of the Audi lineup, and for this you’ll need at least $83,450. Just like Mercedes Benz and BMW what have done with their flagship models, this one is now only available in a long wheelbase. Get the S8, and you get the twin-turbo V8 plus the handsome leather seats in black with “Arras red” stitching.
The 3L supercharged V6 base engine gives you 333 HP along with 325 pound feet of torque. But you also can opt for the 4L twin turbo V8 engine with 605 horses and 517 pound feet of torque. There’s also a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter W-12 engine with 500 HP and 463 pound feet of torque.
Standard equipment on the A7 includes the Bose surround-sound system, a smartphone interface, and new 19-inch wheels. The S7 comes with 20-inch wheels, but you can also go for 21 inches. The A7 3.0T Competition comes with the exterior of the S line, and under the hood of the supercharged V6 gives you 340 horses and 325 pound feet of torque.
You’ll need at least $69,750 for a barebones A7. Get the most expensive configuration and the price goes up to $111,650.
There aren’t any diesel variants anymore for the A6. Now the base 2L engine offers 252 horses and 273 pound feet of torque. Your other engine options include the supercharged V6 or the twin turbo V8. The S line exterior and the 18-inch wheels are standard, and so is the smartphone interface for all trims except for the 2.0T variants.
This sedan has received a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. To get one of these babies, you’ll need a minimum of $48,550.
The Audi TT just came out last year, and now it’s getting power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors as well as a rearview camera as standard equipment. You can also get 19-inch 5-spoke wheels, exterior mirror housings in black, and a black grille surround. Get the TTS package and your chassis won’t have any problems with twisty roads. You get 20-inch wheels and a black rear diffuser.
The base engine here is the 2L turbo engine with 220 HP and 258 pound feet of torque. But you can upgrade that to 292 horses and 280 lb-ft. There’s a TT RS coming out in 2017 with a turbo 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, and that will give you 394 horses.
Just be ready for at least $44,450 but upgrades and options can get you up to more than $53,000.
While a redesign of the A5 is probably in the works (probably for 2018), the current form is still a nifty purchase. This s the only Audi that offers manual transmission and you can get a convertible or a coupe for a minimum of $42,150. But with options, you may have to add up another $20,000.
For the new year, the A5 only offers little updates. The Competition package for the S line offers parking sensors, a blacked out trim, a rear lip spoiler, and a 3-spoke flat bottomed steering wheel.
While the looks of the A4 and the S4 seem to remain basically the same, it does offer a lot of improvements. You get lower curb weight, the interior looks much better, the instrument cluster display goes in well, and the suspension is much better. The base model is the A4 Ultra. It is front-wheel drive so it costs less (base price is $35,850) but the fuel efficiency is much better.
This is the entry level Audi, and you’ll need at least $32,000. While the diesel option is now gone, you can still choose from a couple of turbo-4 along with a hybrid model. Get the S3, and you’ll rediscover the joys of driving once more.
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