Audi A8

2016 Audi A8

It being the third generation of its class, the 2016 Audi A8 has had quite some history dating back to the year 1997 when the first A8 made its way to the car market. Steered by its excellent aluminium frame and a 4.2L V8 Quattro all-wheel drive, the first generation offered from 1997 to 2003 was one of the quickest luxury sedans of those days. Then came the second generation, with a lot of styling, suspension and even engine upgrades which gave the A8 a high of 350hp. With the third generation debuted a 6.3L W12 engine churning out 500 horses, alongside the revamped 4.2L V8. Later on the latter was dropped and the supercharged V6 and turbocharged V8 were introduced into the game.

However, the 2016 A8 maintains one of the key wins for Audi – the Audi Space Frame (ASF) – which efficiently offsets the weight of the legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system thereby giving the lightweight advantage for almost all other cars made by the four-ringed car giant.

The A8 is available in 2 models; the A8 L 3.0T and the A8 L 4.0 T Sport.

Engine and performance

For the 3.0T, a 6-cylinder engine producing 333hp @5300rpm and 325lb-ft torque @2900rpm will be at your command, taking you from 0-60mph in 5.5seconds with a top track speed of 130mph. The superior variant, the 8-cylinder will, at your disposal, offer 450hp @5100rpm and 444lb-ft of torque @1500rpm and a 4.4 second time from 0-60mph and a 130mph top speed. The EPA of the A8 stands at 19/29mpg, therefore giving a green for its fuel consumption.

Top of the engine options is the beastly 6.3L W12, a drive train you can choose for your A8 if you need extra ponies under that hood.

Much of the other performance, interior, exterior and styling features are common for both models. Alongside the Quattro system is an 8-speed trip-tonic automatic transmission, and there also features an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control (ASR) and an ABS system.

Exterior

Being a luxury sedan, the A8 sends a bold statement in terms of its aesthetics both interior and exterior. On the outside, there’s a character line that gives the car a sense of motion at all times, be it day or night. The Single frame grille with the four-ring Audi logo tells everyone what you are driving is a work of art. The signature LED illumination of the Audi also gives the A8 that authentic Audi feel, boosted by twin trapezoidal exhaust outlets and trademark aluminium trim around exterior windows.

Interior and Technology

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Interior of the A8 is remarkably impressive, with a number of gadgets and technology to light up that cozy feel. It is nearly silent, with comfortable feel over bumps and similar obstacles. Agility around corners is lovely, as made possible by excellent driving dynamics. Lots of space is available with an average of 40 inch headroom and legroom for both front and rear seats – which bear leather trims, heating capabilities and an 18-way power adjustment for that comfortable feel. There’s ambient LED lighting, panoramic sunroof, dual pane acoustic glass and lots of leather too, including the shift lever.

Infotainment system for the A8 is on point, with outstanding MMI technology for navigation enabled to show 3D imagery and recognize hand gestures and writing. Back seats are comfy with 10” screens, and the sound system is epic with 14 speakers and adjustment abilities to counter noise while driving. Key-less entry, start and stop is also provided.

 

Safety

Security is guaranteed by 10 airbags working in sync with the seat belts, a tire pressure monitoring system, ABS ESC and ASR, together with an anti-theft alarm system with immobilizer options. The frame of the cabin is tailored to give extra safety to occupants in case of any collision. A 360 degree camera system aids you in parking, with infra red imaging included as well as pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control.

 

Generally, the A8 is a swift and discreet luxury sedan with nicely weighted steering hence giving nicely controlled steering and Body motions even in different weather options. Precise responses to steering enable you control the 4670-pound, 207” long car around tricky corners and tight parking spaces. Cutting edge electronics place it well on the luxury map against competitors – Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-series, though playing a bit inferior to them as concerns some interior features.

 

 

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