For those of you in the league for a car of such refinement and quality, you are in for a treat. The Audi A8 Sedan is perhaps the benchmark for Mercedes and BMW now. Scintillating performance, very lovely exterior design and unique high-tech luxury rewards the proud owner of a 2011 Audi A8.
Quattro underpinnings mean that the colossal performance is harnessed to maximum effect. Agile handling and direct steering make an Audi A8 driving experience an occurrence that few performance-luxury cars can match.
Inside the stitched leather interior there is so much luxury that even a five-star hotel can’t match. Television/audio entertainment, MMI, electrically adjusted memory heated seats, climate air and premium active safety features are just a few of the high-end luxury items you will find onboard the supremely comfortable A8.
The most intriguing addition for the 2011 Audi A8 is the offering of three new very smooth engines plants. Go diesel, and you’ll find the superb 3.0 TDI offers a 6.6 l/100 km fuel consumption average along with 184 kW of power. Step up to the bigger 4.0 TDI, and you’ll note a small jump in fuel consumption to 7.6 l/100 km and a marked increase in power to 258 kW. Go petrol, and the 273 kW is smooth as! These cars are not for the faint hearted. They are extremely satisfying to drive, and so smooth and powerful.
Back in 1904, a German blacksmith named August Horch opened a car factory in Zwickau. This man had a dream: to produce cars that were well-engineered masterpieces of design. This was the beginning of the Audi car company, and a century later, it is safe to say that August Horch’s dream has come true.
The Audi A8 is one of the latest masterpieces to come from the Audi factories (not the original located in Zwickau – this fell under Soviet control after WW2 and ended up producing the Trabant). The classy exterior of the Audi A8 alone would be enough to make Herr Horch weep with joy: It is beautiful. Looking at the interior, the Audi A8 offers a level of luxury and comfort that would have seemed impossibly out of reach a century ago and only found in the lounges of the rich.
And as for the mechanical power of the Audi A8, to say that we’ve come a long way since the days when scientists worried that people travelling over 50 mph would asphyxiate would be an understatement. The top speed of the Audi A8 has been limited to 250 km/hr (that’s about 155 mph, three times the supposed “asphyxiation speed”), and the engine would be capable of producing much more if this limitation was removed. All models of the Audi A8 are capable of accelerating from 0-100 in under eight seconds, the swiftest being the Audi S8. The Audi A8 range has a number of versions: the 4.2 FSI, the diesel 3.0 TDI and the diesel 4.2 TDI (some of the versions are available in short wheel base and long wheel base. The Audi A8 long wheel base models have the lettering LWB in their designation.). All of the Audi A8s are Quattros and all have the latest eight-speed automatic transmission with DSP and sports program. The Audi A8 4.2 TDI (diesel) boasts 258 kW and a colossal 650 Nm at 1600-3500 rpm. For those interested in the figures for the Audi A8 4.2 FSI, it has 275 kW power at 6800 rpm and a very healthy 440 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. And the sound of the Audi A8, whether it’s the burbling 550 Nm of torque in the 3.0 TDI or the V8s in both 4.2 variants, will make your heart beat faster.
Reading about this amount of power that the Audi A8 can put into the hands of the driver, it’s easy to imagine Herr Horch exclaiming “Why are you not all to pieces smashed, hein? How do you it control?” Well, you can relax, which, given the sheer comfort offered by the Audi A8’s seats, isn’t hard. The safety features on the Audi A8 are just as up to date as the power. The servotronic speed sensitive power steering ensures that the Audi A8 handles responsively, and the adaptive air suspension makes the ride extremely comfortable. The Quattro all-wheel drive makes the Audi A8 grip the road like a magnet. The speed and power of the Audi A8 is easily and safely checked with the ABS brake system with brake assist, which is supported by the ESP (electronic safety program), which incorporates anti-slip regulation and an electronic differential lock. Powerful Xenon headlights make driving the Audi A8 at night that much safer, and the daytime running lights give that little bit of extra visibility the rest of the time. If a collision occurs – no amount of car design can ever make up for the fallibility of a driver – the driver of the Audi A8 and his/her passenger(s) will be cocooned by the two-stage front airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags front and back and the sideguard head airbag curtain for front and rear, and the active front head restraints in the Audi A8 work to prevent whiplash. Even the spare tyre of the Audi A8 has been chosen for safety, as it is full-sized – no puny and unstable space savers for a vehicle as good as this. As an option, a tyre pressure monitoring system is available.
And, of course, the interior of the Audi A8 is at least as comfortable as a living room, if not more so. Passengers and driver alike will sink into the embraces of the Volcona leather upholstered seats, the décor of which is enhanced by matt palladium strips. A 230 Watt sound system allows you to imagine you have your own private orchestra to entertain you and the DVD-based navigation system will help you plan your journey. The 4.2 versions of the short wheel based Audi A8 come ready prepared with a hands free car phone, while the 3.2 comes with Bluetooth preparation for a mobile phone. All versions of the Audi A8 have deluxe automatic air conditioning.
The Audi A8 really proves that dreams do come true.
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