Audi releases 2014 pricing, we search office couch cushions for spare $77k

Audi RS 5

Audi has announced its 2014 model year pricing. While it makes us wish we had more money (a lot more money), it also reminds us of how many fantastic cars Audi makes. Diesel fans are in for a treat, too as Audi will offer four new TDI models, including the A6, A7, A8 and Q5.

First off, the Q5 will get a TDI engine for 2014. The fuel-efficient diesel is estimated to achieve 24mpg city, 31 highway, and 27 combined. While those are good numbers, it’s torque rating is even better. The Q5 TDI will make 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. Expect to pay to play with the Q5 TDI, as it’ll cost you $46,500.

Next up, the RS 5 Cabriolet caught our eye. If you’re the kind of person who has a disdain for the virtual extinction of normally aspirated German V8s, you’ll love the RS 5, which features a 450-horsepower 4.2-liter V8.  Starting at $78,795, the Cabrio will be $8,300 more than the hardtop version – so you better absolutely love getting the wind in your face at that price.

Lastly, we’ll jump to arguably the most gorgeous car to hit the global auto market in 20 years: the A7. As we mentioned above, it, too, receives a TDI model for 2014. Making the exact same horsepower as the Q5 TDI, the A7 TDI will actually make better fuel economy, despite being a bigger car. It’s rated at 24mpg city, 38 highway, and 29 combined. Just like the Q5 TDI, the TDI upgrade in the A7 doesn’t come cheap; it starts at $66,900 – a $2,400 premium  from the gasoline model.

If you’re wondering why we didn’t touch on Audi’s newest model, the A3, that’s because Audi didn’t mention it either. Intriguingly, Audi did not include the A3 in its U.S. pricing scheme. This, we figure, will come at a later date, as the car has not been officially launched.

We hope to drive most – if not all – the 2014 Audis over the next year or so. Be sure to check back periodically for our reviews.

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