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autoviva2010-04-16 12:03:59

Audi A8 L: when luxury goes large

Audi A8 L: when luxury goes large

Audi is presenting the larger version of its A8 model. The long-wheelbase version of the four rings brand A8 is set to combine luxury, dynamism and efficiency. The Audi A8 L will be first powered by a with a twelve-cylinder engine, but at the end of the year it will be available with all the engines currently offered for the A8.

The Audi A8 L has been enlarged by 130 mm in terms of overall length and wheelbase, with a total of 5.267 mm and 3.122 mm respectively. The width has remained the same of the standard model but the height has increased by 2 mm to 1.462 mm.

The larger version of the A8 has seen some subtle changes being made to the standard model design. It received a single-frame radiator grille with integral grid structure that has a high-gloss black paint finish and special chromed horizontal bars. The chromed inserts of new design in the air inlets, and chromed applications on the exterior mirrors also distinguish the A8 L from the standard A8 as well as the exhaust system with two trapezoidal-pattern tailpipe trims integrated into the rear bumper.

The biggest feature of the A8 L is the space that has been created for the rear-seat passengers. In fact the extra length was used in this area creating a more comfortable and opulent space. The back doors have also been enlarged for even more convenient entry.

As for its performance the A8 is being launched with a thoroughly revised W12 engine. Its displacement has been increased, and gasoline direct injection boosts its output and its efficiency.

With an output of 500 hp the 6.3 FSI engine produces a maximum torque of 625 Nm, at 3250 rpm. This engines gives the A8 L W12 quattro the same kind of performance expected of a sports car. It can accelerate from a standing postion up to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h. In terms of consumption in the EU cycle test it consumes 12.0 liters per 100 kilometers.

The Audi A8 L is fitted with an eight-speed tiptronic which contributes to enhance the high efficiency of the long-wheelbase vehicle.

A8 Gen.3A8 Gen.3
A8 L W12A8 L W12
V 12 (72º vee)
384 cu in
Top Speed
155 mph
8, Automatic
Maximum power
507 hp @ 6200 rpm
Saloon (sedan)
Fuel consumption (combined)
19.6 US MPG
$ 154.934
* based on United Kingdom prices
annual ownership cost
$ 3.426




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