Audi A8 L

Audi A8 drivers frequently cite the sporty yet elegant design as one of their main reasons for buying the sedan. They appreciate the harmonious blend of clarity and dynamics, lightness and elegance. After all, the top model of the four-ring brand embodies the philosophy of Audi design in a particularly compelling way.

The 12-cylinder is the epitome of automotive grandeur, particularly in the premium segment of first-class sedans. The Audi A8 demonstrates its uniqueness as a top athlete and luxury sedan rolled into one. It achieves this in two ways: the Audi A8L W12 quattro represents the dynamic sedan for the ambitious driver a car with opulent comfort and convenience equipment.

The Audi A8L fuses the performance of a powerful sports car with an ambience of luxury and sportiness. Subtle differences in detail distinguish it visually from the eight-cylinder versions: never obtrusive, but instantly recognizable by the automotive connoisseur. For instance, the highly polished black single-frame grille features vertical double chrome applications. At the rear, trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes integrated in the bumper identify the top model in the Audi A8 model line.

The LED daytime running lights at the front of the Audi A8L W12 quattro provide a distinctive accent. Located in a cloverleaf-shaped reflector and each comprising five white LEDs, the daytime running lights consume a minimum, barely perceptible, amount of energy. Each diode has an output of just one watt, while conventional dipped headlights have an output of up to 300 watts. The white light, which is similar to daylight, not only illuminates the road ahead; it also makes the driver's own car immediately visible to all other road users.

With the innovative sound proofing package to insulate the vehicle from road, rolling and ambient noise and the standard, new kind of insulating glass, the Audi A8L is further strengthening its position as the quietest sedan in the world. Moreover, with its more direct steering and retuned suspension it is proof of how successful the synthesis of fascinating agility and superlative ride comfort can be. Under the engine compartment lid is a powerplant that is unparalleled in modern day engine construction. The W-shaped twelve-cylinder unit offers an inestimable advantage: despite the larger number of cylinder units and despite a substantially higher displacement, the W12 is as compact as a V-eight-cylinder engine and considerably smaller than a conventional V-shaped 12-cylinder powerplant.

Thanks to its unusually short length this engine can be paired with quattro four-wheel drive. Significant competitor models with twelve-cylinder units installed at the front can merely drive both rear wheels. In this case there is not enough space under the hood for additional front-wheel drive components.

Supreme power for superior road performance, spontaneous handling characteristics with exemplary efficiency: the engine range also lives up to the standards of the sportiest sedan in the luxury class. The 4.2 FSI V8 powerplant is standard on the Audi A8 L. The high-end models are equipped with topclass powerpacks: the 450 hp Audi A8L W12 quattro features the twelve-cylinder as the epitome of luxury driving.

Delivering 350 hp at 6,800 rpm, the 4.2 FSI has impressive performance potential; its maximum torque of 325 ft. lbs. guarantees superlative pulling power, especially since 85 per cent of it is available from as low as 2,000 rpm. For the sprint to 60 mph, the Audi A8 4.2 FSI requires a mere 5.9 seconds.

With a maximum output of 450 hp the engine delivers excellent torque: a remarkable 428 ft. lbs. on tap between 4,000 and 4,700 rpm. The powerpack has an impressively direct response and spontaneously translates the slightest movement of the throttle into acceleration. The Audi A8L W12 quattro sprints from zero to 60 in only 5.0 seconds.

Source: Audi press

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