...but the high-tech goodies the manufacturer loads into the vehicle are the real eye and attention grabbers. The A8 L comes with heated front seats, powered everything and a navigation system. The navigation and sound systems can be controlled by voice commands or a touchpad, much like that of a laptop computer.Audi sends the A8 out with a perfectly fine Bose sound system with an MP3 player, 6-CD changer and 12 speakers, but stereo aficionados can also opt for a Bang & Olufsen surround sound setup with a 1,400-watt amplifier and 19 speakers. A solar-panel sunroof, dual-pane security glass...
...Ride & Handling Pushed hard, the A8 holds its own, but it doesn't beg to be driven hard like the XJ does. An optional sport differential sends more power to the outside rear wheel in corners. Our car had it, and dialed to its most aggressive setting the differential gives the tail a drift-happy demeanor, and the steering's sharp turn-in precision makes rotating the car enjoyable. But in hard corners the A8 exhibits a lot of body roll — perplexing, given its firm-ish ride — and the modest drivetrain doesn't give you much confidence when accelerating out. The A8's Sport Package...
...A premium Bang & Olufsen stereo option has 19 channels, 21 speakers and more than 1,400 watts of amplifier power. Interior features include: Standard navigation system with Google Earth Standard dual-zone automatic air conditioning Available rear air-conditioning controls Available heated steering wheel Standard heated front seats; ventilation available Standard CD stereo Under the Hood The A8's standard 4.2-liter V-8 is joined for 2012 by an optional 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine. Both engines team with an eight-speed automatic transmission and drive all four wheels through a Quattro...
...this side of the pond).Since the A8 is a scant 150 pounds heavier than other applications of the same engine—its special aluminum frame almost negating weight added for the Quattro all-wheel-drive system—the zip-to-60 time could drop below 5 seconds, but again Audi has nothing to say on that just yet. Audi hasn't mentioned if the improved performance and Start/Stop technology cancel each other out in terms of fuel efficiency, but nothing was mentioned about overall improved economy either, so that too remains a big question.Just what Audi intends to refresh in 2014 is another one of those...
...The interior lighting glows in thin silver strips along the roofline and is so ambient at night that all three of my kids fell asleep every time they were in this car after 7 p.m. I can't get that to happen in my regular ride. Interior head-, shoulder- and legroom is ample. Storage space also abounds with plenty of cupholders and cleverly hidden nets and cubbies throughout the cabin. The massage function on the front seats comes as part of the Premium Package ($2,000) that also makes the front seats 22-way adjustable instead of the standard 18 ways. There are a number of other option packages...
The updated 2015 Audi A8 will get a new set of wheels made from a somewhat unusual material. Instead of aluminum, the wheels will be made of a plastic composite material... read more September 23, 2013 by Stephen Edelstein
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Audi’s A8 flagship sedan has been refreshed for the 2015 model year and now boasts engines that are even more powerful and efficient, a bevy of new assistance systems... read more August 21, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Audi will be introducing facelifted versions of its A8 and S8 sedans next month at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, and in the lead up to their arrival the brand with the four... read more August 14, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
A facelifted version of Audi’s A8 flagship sedan is due to be revealed at this September’s 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, and we have a new batch of spy shots of a... read more July 25, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran