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AUDI A8 L Electric Cars

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

Base $88,095

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

MSRP $115,195

Assembly Neckarsulm, Germany

North parts content (%) 1


Longitudinal, front-engine, all-wheel

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

Displacement 3,991/244

Block/head material

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

Compression ratio (x:1)

Redline, indicated (rpm)

Fuel cutoff/rev limiter 6,000

Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 420 @

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 444 @

Fuel type Premium (required)

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

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

ratio (x:1) 3.204

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

rear Independent multilink, springs, self-adjusting 3-mode dampers

Steering type speed-proportional rack-and-pinion steering

ratio (x:1) 15.1

make and model Pirelli P Nero All-Season

Tire All-season front and rear

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

mph (sec.) 6.0

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

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

mph, trac ON (sec.) 2.1

mph, trac ON (sec.) 3.2

mph, trac ON (sec.) 4.9

mph, trac ON (sec.) 6.8

trac ON (sec. @ mph) @109.0

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

30-0 mph (ft.) 30

60-0 mph 114

Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) 65.0

6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON 63.4

Skid 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)

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

Sound @ idle (dB) 40.1

@ throttle (dB) 68.4

@ 70 mph (dB) 61.8

Engine @ 70 mph (rpm) 1,800

Test Ratings Comments

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

Does not hold gears to rev blips throttle on downshifts.

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

Fifth (out of six) was the longest at 119

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


Test date

Elevation (ft.) 1,121

(°F) 69.4

Relative (%) 55.2

Barometric pressure Hg) 29.1

Wind (mph, 0.62, tail/cross

Fuel for test 91-octane gasoline

tire pressures, f/r (psi)

Fuel Consumption

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

Edmunds observed (mpg)

Fuel tank capacity gal.) 23.8

Audio and Technology

Stereo description 1,400-watt Bang Olufsen sound system

iPod/digital compatibility Standard iPod via cable

Satellite radio Sirius

Rear seat and entertainment Optional DVD player

phone connectivity Standard

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

entry/Start Standard ignition trunk/hatch

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

Blind-spot detection Optional

scheduled maintenance 12-month/5,000-mile first scheduled maintenance

The First-Class Backseat Driver

12/26/2012 — by Mark Associate Editor

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

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

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

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

More Than You Think

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The Seat of

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

jets are loud and feel by comparison.

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

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

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

Bold Choices for the Commander

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

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

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

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

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