2011 Audi A8 and A8 L

May 1, 2011  //  A line, News

2011 Audi A8L

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udi A8 is undeniably an epiphany of luxury not only for the Audi brand, but in my opinion, for all the German brands. The interior design of A8 takes the entire notion of “attention to detail” to the new heights. What about a personal masseuse built into the rear seat for the passenger? That coupled together with the cool box and a folding table – the luxury and comfort of this car supersedes the first class ride on the Boeing 747.

A8 models come as a standard A8 and A8 L. A8 L is 13 centimeters (just over 5 inches) longer than A8 in the wheelbase and overall length of the car.

There are also several engine configuration an A8 consumer can choose from – two gasoline and two TDI engines. One can also select a direct-injection V6 or V8. The most powerful engine with the greatest torque is 4.2 TDI with 258 kW (350 hp).

However, if you do not feel that 350hp will do it for you – you can choose a magnificent A8 L W12 model which comes with 6.3 liter engine with direct injection produces 368 kW (500 hp) and 625 Nm (460.98 lb-ft) of torque. This supreme configuration of A8 model offers the performance of a sports car for this luxurious full size sedan. With the impressive stats on acceleration of only 4.7 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph), A8 L W12 vehicle can run close to the true sports coupe RS5 (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds)!

2011 Audi A8 L


2011 Audi A8

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Details (Courtesy of Audi MediaServices):

The A8 and the long-wheelbase A8 L are at the front of the luxury class. The Audi flagship impresses with a lightweight aluminum body, powerful and highly efficient engines, the improved MMI operating system and a luxurious interior. The A8 claimed victory in its class for the “2010 Golden Steering Wheel” from Bild am Sonntag and Auto Bild.
Body
The elegant and distinctive body of the large sedan is an aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF). It is roughly 40 percent lighter than a comparable steel body while also impressing with high rigidity and excellent vibration comfort. It earned Audi the Euro Car Body Award – the world’s most important award for innovative car body design. Another high-end solution is the LED headlights.
Drivetrain
The Audi A8 and A8 L are available with direct-injection V6 and V8 engines: two gasoline units and two TDI units. The entry level engine is the 3.0 TFSI with 213 kW (290 hp); the engine with the greatest torque is the 4.2 TDI with 258 kW (350 hp).
A second variant of the 3.0 TDI will be available for both body types later this year. It provides 150 kW (204 hp) of power, drives the front wheels and consumes only 6.0 liters per 100 km (39.20 US mpg) in the EU driving cycle. A hybrid version is also in development. It combines the power of a six-cylinder with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder.
The engines:
3.0 TFSI quattro with 213 kW (290 hp)
4.2 FSI quattro with 273 kW (372 hp)
3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp), available later this year
3.0 TDI quattro with 184 kW (250 hp)
4.2 TDI quattro with 258 kW (350 hp)
The standard eight-speed tiptronic features closely-spaced gears while still featuring a wide spread. Its control system is purely electronic, operated with an elegant selector level and paddles on the steering wheel. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive has a distinctly sporty and rear-biased character. On request, the sport differential dynamically distributes the forces between the rear wheels; this feature is standard with the 4.2 TDI.
Chassis
The A8 and the A8 L offer both luxurious ride comfort and sporty handling. Their wheel control arms are made of aluminum. The brake discs measure up to 400 millimeters (15.75 in) in diameter, depending on the engine. The standard adaptive air suspension with variable damping is integrated into the Audi drive select dynamics system. It can be further supplemented by the optional dynamic steering.
Interior
The interior of the A8 enchants with light and elegant lines, craftsman-like fit and finish, and extraordinary attention to the smallest of details. Audi offers the rear seat passengers the option of two power-adjustable and heated individual rear seats, which can be paired with the optional continuous center console. The individual seats can also be equipped with optional ventilation and massage functions, and features such as a folding table and a cool box make the passengers’ stay even more enjoyable.
The Audi A8 L is 13 centimeters (5.12 in) longer than the standard version in both wheelbase and overall length. It is available with an optional relaxation seat with power footrest. With this option, every available luxury option is on board, including a rear seat entertainment system.
Equipment and trim
The Audi A8 and the A8 L feature a new degree of technical intelligence. It is manifested in the MMI operating system or the optional MMI touch with touchpad, in the networking of the MMI navigation plus with other vehicle systems and in the assistance systems. The most important of these is the radar-based adaptive cruise control with stop & go function. It works closely together with the Audi pre sense safety system. Another highlight is the night vision assistant that marks detected pedestrians.
Audi also offers many attractive multimedia modules. The top version is the Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen, which boasts 19 speakers. The luxury sedan is at the head of the pack with respect to Internet connectivity. It offers a WLAN hotspot and many attractive services in cooperation with Google as a service partner. Two high-end solutions – the Audi online traffic information service and voice-activated Google POI search – will be added in the months ahead. Another new feature will be the Audi park assist omnidirectional cameras to provide a 360 degree angle of view.
Audi A8 L W12
The A8 L W12 is the top model in the line. It is powered by a supremely powerful gasoline engine that is unusually short and lightweight. The normally aspirated, 6.3 liter engine with direct injection produces 368 kW (500 hp) and 625 Nm (460.98 lb-ft) of torque, yet is extremely refined.
In addition to all the qualities of the Audi A8, it also offers the performance of a sports car. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) is completed in 4.7 seconds; the governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is just a formality.

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