Audi officially announced pricing for its new A7 plug-in hybrid on Wednesday, which will join the and in the company's lineup this fall. At $75,895 to start, including $995 for destination, the unattractively named A7 55 TFSI E costs $5,700 more than the base price of Audi's svelte Sportback.
That said, it's worth noting that the plug-in hybrid is only available in the A7's higher Premium Plus and Prestige trims, the latter of which costs $81,245 including destination. Compare that to the similarly equipped versions of the A7, and the plug-in models only represent increases of $550 and $1,900, respectively. Not bad. And that's before you factory in the available federal and local tax incentives.
At the heart of the A7 55 TFSI E (seriously, these names!) is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine with an electric motor housed between the engine and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The e-motor is fed by a 14.1-kilowatt-hour battery pack, and Audi says total system output is a healthy 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. That's an extra 27 hp compared to the standard A7, but an identical amount of torque.
Of course, the benefit of a plug-in hybrid system is the ability to drive short distances solely under electric power. Audi hasn't released official range or fuel economy data just yet, but earlier testing revealedon the European cycle, so expect a slightly lower number for US-spec cars.
The 2021 A7 plug-in hybrid is expected to go on sale this fall, so we should have official range information around that time. The A7 PHEV is part of Audi's quest to electrify one-third of its product lineup by the year 2025.