Audi UK will start selling the all-new 2011 A8 at a minimum of £54,760 from spring 2010.

Audi UK has announced pricing and a few other details regarding the all-new A8 super luxury sedan. The big A8 will arrive in UK showroom floors in spring 2010 at a minimum OTR price of £54,760 going up to £66,240.

Audi's flagship will be sold with a number of upgraded engines. The 3.0 TDI gets 250PS (184kW) and 550Nm of torque, the 4.2 V8 TDI works with 350PS (257kW) and 800Nm, while the 4.2 V8 FSI sees its power/ torque hiked from 350PS/ 440Nm to 372PS (274kW) and 445Nm. A new "baseline" 3.0 TDI with 204PS (150kW) and 159g/km is to be added later in 2010.

Fuel economy and C02 emissions for the more powerful 3.0 TDI are 42.8mpg with CO2 of 174g/km respectively. The 4.2 V8 TDI is improved to 37.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 199g/km and the petrol 4.2 V8 FSI sees a 13% improvement to 29.7mpg and CO2 gases of 219g/km.

The A8 is made from lightweight aluminium but is said to be the most rigid car in its class. Some fuel-saving devices installed include recuperation technology which recycles wasted kinetic energy from braking, a start-stop function and a new 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The latest-generation asymmetric quattro system (first used in the S4) not only distributes torque between the axles but also between the two rear wheels. The aluminium suspension features adaptive four-mode air springs for increased comfort.

Safety features include the usual array of airbags, ABS brakes with EBD, ESP and Adaptive Cruise Control with a four-stage pre-sense safety system that can automatically bring the A8 to a complete stop under extreme circumstances.

Audi worked with Google to include an MMI GPRS module that enables owners to download detailed routes into their cars before driving off. At some point the car will also feature full internet connection to make it a mobile WLAN hotspot.


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