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Where this car sets itself apart is with its high-tech luxury and safety features. Available Dynamic steering automatically countersteers in the event of a slide, and will also cut the steering ratio in half to reduce steering wheel effort when parking. Adaptive cruise control uses radar to maintain a fixed distance behind the vehicle ahead.

Audi’s Quattro system is normally biased toward the rear with a 40/60 front/rear power split that can go up to 80% to the rear when necessary, giving the sporty feel of a rear-wheel drive sedan. The 4.2 liter V8 is rated at 372hp and 328lb-ft torque and is backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination motivates the car quite well, accelerating 0-60 in the low to mid 5 second range; quite impressive considering its 4453lb curb weight.

The A8 comes in three different trim levels: standard 4.2, long-wheelbase 4.2 L and long-wheelbase 6.3 L. The A8 L is the long-wheelbase model which adds an extra 5.5 inches of legroom for rear seat passengers. The 4.2 models come standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, Audi Drive Select (allows suspension, steering and engine/transmission response adjustment), xenon headlights, sunroof, Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) system, navigation system, adaptive air suspension, a power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, 12-way power front seats, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power rear sunshade, Bluetooth and a Bose surround-sound audio system (with HD and satellite radio, iPod connectivity, a 20GB music server and a CD changer).

The base price on the A8 L is $84,700 and total MSRP on the test vehicle was $107,575. This included some major option packages like the Bang Olufsen sound system ($6,300), Audi design selection package ($4000), rear seat comfort package ($3200), driver assistance package ($3000), Premium package ($2000) and LED headlights ($1600) and panoramic sunroof ($1300).

The A8’s interior offers first-class comfort, with fit and finish being what you’d expect from Audi; that is to say, first-rate. The dashboard and door panels are replete with wood and aluminum accents that lend a luxurious ambience to the interior. The test car had the Premium package with the 22-way power-adjustable massaging front seats, which made finding a comfortable driving position quite easy. Also included was the rear seat comfort package, which consists of power heated rear seats with lumbar adjustment, vanity mirrors and four-zone climate control. Add in the power rear window and rear side window sunshades and you have a comfortably isolated cocoon for rear-seat passengers.

The optional Bang Olufsen sound system combined with the Bose surround-sound system provides a listening experience second to none in car audio.

The dash is dominated by the buttons for the Multi Media Interface, which controls everything from audio and navigation systems to suspension adjustment. There is a bit of a learning curve involved, but once familiar the operation is fairly intuitive. Audi’s latest generation of MMI includes radio presets that are entered from a touch-sensitive pad.

This pad performs double duty by allowing entry of letters or numbers into the navigation system.

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On the road, the A8 accelerates smoothly, and seems to have an endless reserve of power always available. Powerful brakes are up to the task of scrubbing off speed, and are easily modulated. The car’s rear-biased all-wheel drive, computer-controlled air suspension and taut steering response allow the big A8 to handle like a smaller, lighter sedan. Even broken pavement doesn’t ruffle the car’s feathers as it maintains its composure over less than ideal road conditions.

The suspension limits body roll in normal maneuvers, and gives confidence in the car’s cornering ability. Put simply, the car just feels planted.

Audi has historically taken a back seat in sales to Mercedes and BMW in the full-size luxury segment, but the latest A8 aims to change that. The new car has every imaginable feature, and a tasteful if a bit restrained design to go with impressive driving dynamics. Audi has sought out the middle ground between the Mercedes’ outright luxury and BMW’s sportiness.

It’s a combination that works, as the A8 offers its own blend of technology, comfort and performance that buyers expect from a full-size luxury car.

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