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tristatez28lt1 Well-Known Member

Pretty impressive numbers.


Year Make Model 2013 Audi A8 L 4.0T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

Base MSRP $88,095

Options on test vehicle Executive Rear Seat Comfort Package ($11,250 — includes Valcona leather interior, front passenger seat adjustment from rear seat, fixed rear center console — four-passenger configuration, one rear relaxation seat with power footrest, rear-seat entertainment package, Audi exclusive coolbox, 10-way power front passenger seat without massage, rear-seat ventilation and massage); Bang Olufsen Advanced Sound System ($6,300); Driver Assistance Package ($3,000 — includes Audi adaptive cruise control with stop and go, Audi side assist, Audi lane assist, Audi pre-sense plus); Night Vision Assist ($2,300); Comfort Package ($2,000 — includes 22-way climate-controlled comfort front seats with massage, wood decorative inlays on front seatbacks); LED Headlights ($1,600); Panorama Sunroof ($1,300); 20-Inch 10-Spoke Wheels With All-Season Tires ($1,200); Camera Assistance Package ($750 — includes top-view camera system, high beam assistant); Front Filler Panel ($0); Preferred Equipment Credit (-$2,600).

As-tested MSRP $115,195

Assembly location Neckarsulm, Germany

North American parts content (%) 1


Configuration Longitudinal, front-engine, all-wheel drive

Engine type Twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V8, gasoline with cylinder deactivation and auto stop-start

Displacement (cc/cu-in) 3,991/244

Block/head material Aluminum/aluminum

Valvetrain DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing

Compression ratio (x:1) 10.1

Redline, indicated (rpm) 6,000

Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm) 6,000

Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 420 @ 5,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 444 @ 1,500

Fuel type Premium unleaded (required)

Transmission type Eight-speed automatic with steering-mounted paddles and Sport/Competition modes

Transmission ratios (x:1) I: 4.714; II: 3.143; III: 2.106; IV: 1.667; V: 1.285; VI: 1.000; VII: 0.839; VIII: 0.667; R: 3.317

Final-drive ratio (x:1) 3.204


Suspension, front Independent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable 3-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar

Suspension, rear Independent multilink, coil springs, self-adjusting 3-mode variable dampers

Steering type Electric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion steering

Steering ratio (x:1) 15.1

Tire make and model Pirelli P Zero Nero All-Season

Tire type All-season front and rear

Tire size 265/40 R20 (104H) M+S

0-75 mph (sec.) 6.0

1/4-mile (sec. @ mph) 12.5 @110

0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.) 4.0

0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.) 2.1

0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.) 3.2

0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.) 4.9

0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.) 6.8

1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph) 13.0 @109.0

0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.) 4.5

Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.) 30

60-0 mph (ft.) 114

Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) 65.0

Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON 63.4

Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) 0.83

Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON 0.82

Sound level @ idle (dB) 40.1

@ Full throttle (dB) 68.4

@ 70 mph cruise (dB) 61.8

Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm) 1,800

Test Driver Ratings Comments

Acceleration comments This thing burns up the drag strip, despite significant lag below 3,000 rpm. Smooth rush of power, with quick upshifts in Drive. Found the Audi quick shift mode with transmission in Sport and a bit of power braking. Still, turbo lag below 3,000, but upshifts become incredibly quick and abrupt, gaining 0.6 second. Manual shifting is via paddle shifters.

Does not hold gears to rev limiter, blips throttle on downshifts.

Braking comments Very firm brake pedal with excellent feel. Stops were reasonably short considering how heavy the A8 L is. First stop was by far the shortest at 114 feet.

Fifth stop (out of six) was the longest at 119 feet.

Handling comments Skid pad: Nothing to write home about here: lots of punishing understeer, even in Dynamic suspension mode. Chassis wasn t overly accepting of drop-throttle to dial it out.

Testing Conditions

Test date 12/4/2012

Elevation (ft.) 1,121

Temperature (°F) 69.4

Relative humidity (%) 55.2

Barometric pressure (in. Hg) 29.1

Wind (mph, direction) 0.62, tail/cross

Fuel used for test 91-octane gasoline

As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi) 38/38

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg) 16 city/26 highway/19 combined

Edmunds observed (mpg) 15.9

Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.) 23.8

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo description 19-speaker, 1,400-watt Bang Olufsen advanced sound system

iPod/digital media compatibility Standard iPod via proprietary cable

Satellite radio Standard Sirius

Rear seat video and entertainment Optional DVD player

Bluetooth phone connectivity Standard

Navigation system Standard hard drive with traffic 8-inch display screen (measured diagonally)

Smart entry/Start Standard ignition doors trunk/hatch

Parking aids Optional parking sonar front and rear perimeter + back-up camera system

Blind-spot detection Optional

Free scheduled maintenance 12-month/5,000-mile no-charge first scheduled maintenance

The First-Class Backseat Driver

Published: 12/26/2012 — by Mark Takahashi. Associate Editor

There are varying degrees of luxury in this world. On one side of the spectrum, you have the garish gilded palaces of the well-funded like, say, Donald Trump. On the other side, there is tasteful luxury, the kind that whispers rather than screams, I am special.

The 2013 Audi A8 L is clearly aimed at those who appreciate the latter.

Even with its new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, there s a notable level of restraint to the latest Audi A8. Sure, it costs $115 grand and has 420 horsepower, but none of that comes through until you get in and take a drive.

It s blazing fast in a straight line and extremely capable on a twisty road. And yet it does it all with an ease and subtlety that makes it feel as if it s not even trying that hard. That s our kind of luxury.

More Power Than You Think

The big story for the 2013 Audi A8 is the new V8 engine. It replaces the previous 4.2-liter V8 and slots in between the recently introduced 3.0-liter 333-hp V6 and the range-topping 500-hp 6.3-liter W12.

For the midrange engine it s deceivingly capable. A 0-60-mph sprint takes a scant 4.2 seconds (4.0 seconds with 1 foot of rollout as on a drag strip) — a significant leap from the old 4.2-liter s 5.5 seconds. Given that the base V6 was capable of besting the speed of the previous V8, Audi made sure the new engine was considerably more capable.

Clearly it is, but it does make you wonder if the $8,700 premium (from base V8 and V6 models) to make that two-cylinder jump is worth it.

Acceleration from the 4.0-liter V8 is smooth and deliberate. There s a hint of hesitation and turbo lag in the bottom range of the tach, but only if your foot is pressing firmly on the pedal. There s little fanfare to accompany the rush of power, though, as the cabin remains calm and mostly quiet.

By contrast, you can feel the V6 working behind the scenes to get the big A8 moving along even if it s hardly what most would call intrusive.

The only serious complaint we have to field on the V8 is the stop-start function that is slow to react off the line. If you re transitioning from a standstill to the throttle with any sort of urgency, you risk rushing the startup and are greeted by an unceremonious lurch forward and back. The good news is that you can disable the system if it s bothersome and you don t mind the mileage hit.

Balanced Performance

Making the case for the V8 or V6 will not come down to the driving dynamics. Power notwithstanding, both Audi A8 variants have the same potential for performance, with slalom runs right at the 65-mph mark. The V8 outweighs the V6 by 200 pounds, but weight distribution is essentially identical at 55/45 front and rear.

With myriad electronic driver aids and Audi s Quattro all-wheel drive, it really takes more bravery than skill to pilot the A8 with any level of aggression.

Even on rain-slicked mountain roads, the 2013 Audi A8 L shrugs off hairpin turns and careless throttle inputs. It would take the most ham-fisted Neanderthal of a driver to get the car out of sorts, as its sole purpose seems to be dissecting curves with minimal effort behind the wheel. The A8 is as confidence-inspiring and tranquil under high cornering loads as it is when lumbering down swanky boulevards.

And it s with this tidiness that the A8 appeals to both driver and passengers. With the Audi Drive Select set in Comfort mode, the big sedan glides over road imperfections with barely a ripple sent through to the cabin.

Selecting a sportier drive setting isn t likely to elicit any contrary comments from passengers either, as the differences are largely felt by the driver in the form of increased steering weight and driveline response. The suspension stiffens, too, but not to any objectionable degree. In the absence of harshness, the car simply feels more solid and buttoned-down.

The Seat of Power

The real conundrum regarding this Audi A8 L may be regarding the preferred seat. With the $11,250 Executive Rear Seat option added to our test vehicle, choosing between driver and passenger does actually become an issue. Comparing these loungelike rear seats to private jets does not do them justice.

Private jets are loud and feel claustrophobic by comparison.

The range of seat adjustments allows dignitary passengers to either sit upright or recline to near horizontal. In full dictator mode, the front passenger seat slides forward for ultimate legroom, then a footrest folds out from the seatback.

In addition to all of this space, that passenger has the luxury of selecting a wide variety of comfort features that include the obligatory heating and ventilation, as well as a host of massage styles and entertainment options.

And then there s the cooler box between the rear seats that will keep a bottle of Dom at the perfect temperature for celebrating the latest acquisition or conquest. With all of the climate and refrigerator mechanicals eating up trunk space, though, backseat VIPs will need to travel lighter than usual.

Bold Choices for the Commander

Part of leading with authority requires some tough decisions, and the 2013 Audi A8 L is not the only luxury flagship in this realm. In this $100,000 range, one cannot overlook the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Jaguar XJL. Porsche Panamera or BMW 7 Series.

All can be similarly appointed at similar enough prices, and none of them is lacking in power or sophistication.

The 2013 Audi A8 L now distinguishes itself with a V8 engine that is both technologically advanced and sufficiently powerful to measure up to anything in the class. Nothing about the way it performs will leave you wanting unless you re looking for a real sport sedan. In that case, you re better off with something smaller.

This A8 is all about heightened performance in a full-size package. It delivers on all counts and does so in a way that s satisfying without being over the top. Trump wouldn t like it, and that s just fine with Audi.

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