For the second straight year, Esquire magazine has named an Audi the “Esquire Car of the Year,” awarding this year’s title to the 2012 Audi A7. The A7 succeeds last year’s winner, the 2010 Audi S4. To select the third annual award for the year’s most stunning and stylish—yet attainable—vehicle, Esquire editors drove scores of vehicles across countless states before testing the seven finalists head-to-head at the Monticello Motor Club’s racetrack. The Esquire Car of the Year, along with the other 2011 Esquire Car Awards, including Esquire’s Auto Exec of the Year, appears in the magazine’s October issue, on newsstands September 20th.

After months of test-driving, the decision was clear among the editors: “The $60,125 A7 is what car companies do when they are at the top of their game – a glistening, swing-for-the-fences valentine to sheet metal…No man with a pulse can stand in front of this thing without slackening his jaw… The A7 rips down the highway, swallowing miles without drama. You glance at the fenders through the windshield, you nail the throttle, you drop into a little trance. Maybe you end up ten miles past your destination, strangely happy. Drugs do this, and so do private jets. The A7 might be better than either.”

“I was bowled over by the A7 when I first saw it in Europe,” says Esquire Editor-in-Chief David Granger, “But I didn’t expect us to select an Audi in back-to-back years. Every finalist was exceptional but when we got them all on the track, the A7 did everything well. It was exciting and practical and attainable, all at once.”

About Esquire

Esquire (www.esquire.com), published by Hearst Magazines, is the most-honored monthly magazine in America with a total of 15 National Magazine Awards over the past 14 years. Its website and its iPad apps have been similarly honored. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Esquire publishes 20 editions around the world.

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