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Review: 2011 Audi A8 L 4.2 FSI

he say they had only one of the new A8s?”

an A4, Dad.”

Some people walk away at this refusing to even consider $85,000+ on a car that can be so easily with one costing less half as much. A similar killed GM’s luxury car back in the second half of the But, by walking away, are buyers missing out on the best luxury sedan on the market?

I’ve long been with the “same sausage, lengths” design philosophy. I expect a size 12 shoe to be differently than a size 8, at not if I like the design. Prefer the of a compact? Get the A4. Need the XXL, you and all of your buddies must when walking through doorways?

The A8 L could well be the car for

The problem, for me: the new Audi A8 doesn’t enough like the A4. With the iterations of the A3, A4, A5, and Q5, Audi seemed to finally figured out how to attractively a supersized grille into the of a car. With these the outer thirds of the front extend a little lower the center section, and a bumper bar the grille horizontally, keeping it appearing too tall. Well, the new A8 a vastly oversized, unsegmented extends all the way to the fascia’s flat edge. And, to make no one somehow misses it, Audi eight pairs of chrome

Harley Earl would loved it. Ditto the $1,400 headlamps. A“because we can” the hockey stick pattern by the LEDs has no relation to the rest of the design.

Then there’s the view. With the new A4 and A5, Audi the front differential immediately the engine so that the front could be shifted forward a vastly improving the car’s They’ve performed no such with the new A8.

Combining Audi’s powertrain layout with a high enough to meet the European pedestrian safety yields an unsightly amount of overhang.

Lastly, the lower of latest A4 have an upsweeping line to lend visual In contrast, the bodysides of the new A8 are relatively A pair of character lines do curve towards each but this only makes the of the car appear undersized and underdeveloped.

through its sheer sheer inches long, 76.7 wide—and that of its glitzy does the A8 possibly command the presence” expected of this of sedan. The previous A8 was considerably attractive.

The 2011 Audi A8s design is an evolution of the previous not a bad thing, since the previous interior was Germany’s most The Alcantara that now graces the panels looks better in shades than the as-tested beige. The sportily sloping stack has been further to create space for the MMI (Audi for controls ahead of the shifter used to be behind it).

To obstructing these controls, the new shifter is a much lower, jet-inspired T. Knobs continue to be for the most basic HVAC and system functions.

When not in use, the display retracts into the instrument This cleans up the IP—but the is almost constantly in use. the seat adjustments are displayed, is actually a good thing they are so numerous. In general, so adjustments are available for so many that the average owner probably never be aware of, less be able to figure out how to 90 percent of them.


It’s a cell phone disguised as a luxury sedan.

Option the new A8 to the and even rear seat can suffer from control But the tested car included a mere in options and so lacked power seats, dual-zone rear and the dual-display entertainment system. so, each rear door four switches and a button to four sunshades (overhead, side window, and the rear both power windows, and a rear panel in the optional sunroof.

Oddly, given car’s mission, seat front and rear is just In the traditional Audi fashion the are firm and lacking in contour. seeking lateral support kick in another $2,000 for the Package, which includes bolsters. Roominess, on the other is outstanding.

In the extended length L, all of the lengthier wheelbase goes to the seat, yielding 42.9 of legroom—more than in the front In the Hyundai Equus I complained the lack of toe space beneath the seats. In the A8 L my toes couldn’t the front seats.

Perceived roominess is even than the specs suggest, because Audi hasn’t run the crowd to adopt ridiculously beltlines—the windows remain large. Unless you and your all play center, or you want to like a child again riding in the back seat, could even be too much

Most luxury car makers been steadily enlarging the of their engines. BMW went a 4.0 to a 4.4 to a 4.8, Mercedes to a 5.5. are now downsizing their V8s, but are turbos to simultaneously boost output.

Even Hyundai to bump its 4.6-liter V8 to a full 5.0 year. In contrast, Audi has offering a smallest-in-class unblown V8 for nearly two decades. The engine has various tweaks, some of substantial, along the way.

The revision yields 372 horsepower, up 22 last year and nearly 100 the original. Wringing 372 horsepower 4.2 liters—Mercedes gets only ten out of its 5.5—necessarily requires lots of 6,800 in this case. Put way, there’s less at low-to-moderate RPM with a smaller and the 4.2’s torque output of 328 at 3,500 trails the Mercedes’ 391 at much less the turbocharged V8 in the BMW 7.

I don’t miss the missing in the Audi. The relatively small V8 so smoothly, and makes such mechanical noises when so, that the need to work it might well be the opposite of a The A8 might not launch quite as as the others, but once moving very quick.

The new smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic its part, always seeming to the proper gear without But if you do want to shift for yourself, are located on the steering wheel.

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an engine harder often fuel economy, and the Audi has been a bit of a guzzler in the past. But the EPA the 2011 at 17 city, 27 highway—up 16/23 last year and numbers for such a large, all-wheel-drive car. The BMW 750Li and Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic do far 14/20 and 14/21, respectively.

the front axle forward in the A4 and A5 improved their weight Even without this though, the new A8 plows much in hard turns than the old one and generally feels more Which is not to say agile. The A8 drives a smaller than it actually is, but is a half-size smaller than

Typical of all-wheel-drive Audi’s, the A8 can inflexible on dry pavement. Get on the throttle, get off the it doesn’t matter: the attitude of the doesn’t change. To dial the up another notch or two, some rear-drive feel to the drivetrain, and perhaps all but eliminate spend another $2,300 for drive select plus,” includes active steering and an torque-vectoring rear differential.

“Audi drive select” the “plus”) is standard, so the throttle, suspension (air springs and struts), and seat belt (go figure) can each be independently set to “Dynamic” (sport), or Auto. most such systems the between settings can be difficult to Not so with Audi’s. Set the steering and to “comfort,” and the car floats and wallows. and “Dynamic” should be the only

Dial both up to “dynamic,” and the becomes if anything overly while the suspension becomes tighter. No one else in the segment steering nearly this difference is easily detectable while driving straight the freeway. Move the wheel a fraction of an inch and the car responds

But all is not perfect: like the ultra-firm in a 1980s Detroit-issue Audi-fighter, certainly not to the same extent, the weightiness feels artificial and build progressively as the wheel is

Ride quality suffers a bit in but remains very comfortable. A quiver-free body structure Especially on concrete, road is more of an issue in any setting.

not a lot of it, but some competitors are nearly The tested car did have the optional high-performance tires; the standard 19s be quieter.

Pack a large body chock full of and the price isn’t going to be The 2011 Audi A8 starts at The long, with some standard equipment: $84,875. lightly optioned, as in the case of the car, the price tops

Load it up and you’re over This might seem but based on TrueDelta’s car price tool a similarly-equipped BMW 750Li about $10,000 more.

The new A8 is easily the sportiest car in the segment. BMW has gone soft in comparison, and the new 7 is considerably more expensive. Not the new A8 is perfect. The car’s exterior be both more distinctive of the grille) and more attractive the grille).

The relatively small V8 churn out pavement-rippling torque; all wheels driven, the chassis handle far more. Even the technical excellence can seem a cold—some competitors feel “natural.” But then no car is perfect. If you re a enthusiast ISO a very large the A8 wins by just about any measure, and by many subjective as well.

Michael Karesh and operates TrueDelta. an online of automotive reliability and pricing

Lee Pete Canupp of Checkered Audi in Virginia Beach, VA, the car. Pete can be reached at

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