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Audi’s A8 L W12 Arrives for 2012 500 hp and a $133,500 Price Tag


When the latest iteration of ’s A8 debuted for 2011, it presented a blend of artful design, technology, and business-class luxury. The A8 4.2 and the quick-to-follow long-wheelbase A8 L 4.2 made use of the automaker’s sonorous and refined V-8 engine, producing 372 hp and 328 ft lbs of torque. was spirited, but there was little that Audi had even plans for its range-topper.

This year, the A8 range upward with the arrival of the A8 L W12 a car that enters the rarefied of the V-12-powered Mercedes-Benz S600 and BMW It’ll take a keen eye to the differences between the 12- and 8-cylinder A8 that include the new model’s restyled grille and trapezoidal with a stab of the right the W12 separates itself from its in dramatic fashion.

Audi’s W-12 engine—essentially two V-6s conjoined on a single 6.3 liters and employs direct injection for extraordinary responsiveness and fuel efficiency. The result is an 500 hp and 461 ft lbs of torque, delivered to all four through a suitably cutting-edge automatic transmission. Sixty per hour arrives in about 4.4 than a second sooner its V-8-powered sibling.

Naturally, the top-tier version of top-tier sedan wants for little when it comes to luxury and advanced technology. The seats, for instance, boast power adjustability and yards of stitched Valcona hide wouldn’t be out of place in one of the A8’s cousins from Bentley Heating, ventilation, and massage for front and rear seats are as are reclining “executive” rear with private-jet-style extendable Audi’s dazzling, Google GPS navigation system is standard, as is Wi-Fi hotspot capability, Internet connectivity through the own 3G cellular setup.

Among the car’s few options, the 1,400-watt Bang Olufsen system is a magnificent must-have.

The 2012 A8 L W12 is arriving in Audi now, priced at $133,500—a $48,800 more than the A8 L 4.2 and $54,750 more than the A8 4.2. But it’s money spent for buyers who’d not be forced to choose between performance and world-class luxury. The A8 L W12 both. ( )

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