2011 Audi A8 L: price, details, photos and specs released

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Pricing details for Audi’s new flagship vehicle for the Chinese market, the A8 L, have just been announced. The vehicle’s market release is set later this year and will be priced from EUR79,900 ($100,000) for the 3.0 TDI version. Measuring 130 millimeters (0.43 ft) longer than the standard-wheelbase version, the A8 L is the top version of Audi’s flagship A8.

There is much to be in awe about this vehicle. First, it offers an extensive list of engines — two V6 engines (TDI 250 hp, TFSI 290 hp), two 4.2l V8s (TDI 350 hp, FSI 372 hp) and a W12 unit. A 6.3l FSI engine, which is at the top of this range, has an output of 500 hp and a peak torque of 625 Nm at 3,250 rpm.

The W12 powerplant is coupled with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. With these specifications, the vehicle is able to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds, and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

But with this much power, it’s to be expected that it isn’t very efficient. In fact, it consumes 12.0l of fuel every 100 km, or 19.6 US mpg – placing it below the previous version, which consumes 13.6 l/100 km.

The A8 L’s interior is covered in valonea leather, which is tanned with plant extracts. Buyers may also opt for a panoramic glass roof with two glass panels or the MMI navigation plus high-capacity hard disk. Audi announced that the entry level 3.0 TDI is priced from EUR79,900. Furthermore, the variant and the prices are the following: 3.0 TFSI (EUR80,400); the 4.2 FSI (EUR94,300); the 4.2 TDI (EUR95,800); and the W12 (EUR137,000).

Interior Design

To make passengers on the posterior part of the Audi A8 L more comfortable, Audi is offering two power-adjustable and heated individual seats as options. These seats could also be complemented by an optional continuous center console with large storage compartments.

Also, the individual seats could be fitted with available ventilation and massage functions. Customers could also avail of more optional features like a folding table and a cool box. For those seeking the best individual rear seats with all the available luxury options, they could opt for the relaxation seat, which also features a rear seat entertainment system.

When it comes to in-car entertainment, the Audi flagship would not be bested by rivals. In fact, the A8 L could be acquired with one or more available multimedia modules, like advanced online services and a high-end sound system from Bang & Olufsen.

Also, the A8 L is the first car in the world to offer an integrated WLAN hotspot, with a UMTS module providing Internet connection. Not to be outdone is the A8 L’s interior, which features new light lines and the extra attention to detail.

At a higher level than any Audi luxury vehicle, the A8 L provides exceptional comfort with features such as four-zone automatic climate control system and the cabin’s ambient lighting. In terms of function control, the Audi A8 L is simply at a new level.

It features a multimedia interface (MMI) that may be further complemented by the optional MMI navigation plus navigation system. Using a touchpad as main directive panel, the MMI allows intuitive control of several functions.

For instance, the navigation destination can be inputted by just tracing the letters on the pad with a finger. Likewise, MMI navigation plus – which is integrated with the vehicle’s assistance and safety systems – has the capability to read the road ahead and then send the gathered data to the control units for the automatic transmission, the advanced adaptive cruise control, and the headlights.

Because of the surge in intelligence, these assistance and safety systems can now detect complex scenarios and support the driver accordingly.

Other assistance and safety systems installed on the Audi A8 L include: the new Audi pre-sense safety system that could lessen the seriousness of accidents and their consequences; the night vision assistant that could highlight detected pedestrians; and the speed limit display that could help improve the safety and convenience of the driver.

Press Release

The new high-tech flagship of the brand – The Audi A8 L

The Audi A8 L impresses with a presence of powerful confidence – it is a large, distinguished luxury sedan. Length and wheelbase have both been stretched by 13 centimeters (5.12 in) versus the standard version; the A8 L measures 5.27 meters (17.29 ft). All of this added length is to the benefit of the rear seat passengers.

Audi offers two power-adjustable and heated individual seats as an option for the rear, which can be paired with the optional continuous, elegantly-styled center console with large storage compartments. The individual seats can also be equipped with optional ventilation and massage functions, and features such as a folding table and a cool box make the passengers’ stay even more enjoyable. The top version is the relaxation seat with power footrest. It comes complete with every available luxury option, including a rear seat entertainment system.

Audi also offers a number of attractive multimedia modules, including a high-end sound system from Bang & Olufsen and advanced online services. The Audi A8 L is the first automobile in the world to be available with an integrated WLAN hotspot. A UMTS module provides the connection to the Internet.

The interior of the A8 L enchants with its new, light lines, with a craftsman’s level of fit and finish and with extraordinary attention to the smallest of details. The comfort on board is first class – from the ambient lighting to the four-zone automatic climate control system.

The Audi flagship combines a new level of technical intelligence with intuitively simple operation. Its multimedia interface (MMI) includes a pioneering innovation: In conjunction with the optional MMI navigation plus navigation system, it has a touchpad. The MMI enables the driver to control many functions intuitively. The navigation destination, for example, can be entered by tracing the letters on the pad with a finger.

MMI navigation plus is tightly integrated with the assistance and safety systems in the new Audi A8 L. It reads the road ahead and provides the data to the control units for the automatic transmission, the headlights and the advanced adaptive cruise control with stop & go function.

With their increased intelligence, these systems can recognize complex scenarios and predictively support the driver. The new Audi pre sense safety system can reduce the severity of accidents and their consequences in many cases. The night vision assistant with its highlighting of detected pedestrians and the speed limit display enhance the driver’s safety and convenience.

Timeless elegance: the design
The Audi A8 L is a sedan of classic, timeless elegance. Its body is an aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF), weighing about 40 percent less than a comparable steel structure. Audi offers optional LED headlights that use light emitting diodes for all light functions (standard with the W12). These represent a revolution in lighting technology with respect to both the technology and appearance.

The new A8 L is debuting with five engines: two TDI and three FSI gasoline units. All of the engines feature increased power and torque, while fuel consumption has improved considerably: by as much as 22 percent. This is due to Audi efficiency technologies such as the recuperation system and the innovative thermal management.

The engine lineup spans a wide range. It begins with two three-liter V6 units: a TDI with 184 kW (250 hp) and a TFSI producing 213 kW (290 hp). The two V8 engines both have a displacement of 4.2 liters, with the TDI producing 258 kW (350 hp) and the FSI 273 kW (372 hp). Topping the lineup is the W12, a gasoline engine with superior power and cultivation. It develops 368 kW (500 hp) from a displacement of 6.3 liters.

The transmission also plays a major role in the efficiency of the A8 L. The eight-speed tiptronic has a very high overall gear ratio and is controlled electronically using either the elegant selector lever or paddles on the steering wheel. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive has a distinctly sporty and rear-biased character. The optional sport differential dynamically distributes the forces between the rear wheels; this feature is standard with the A8 L 4.2 TDI.

The new A8 L offers both luxurious ride comfort and sporty handling. Its wheel control arms are made of aluminum. The adaptive air suspension with controlled damping is standard equipment and is integrated into the versatile Audi drive select dynamics system. The optional dynamic steering completes the range of chassis options.

The Audi A8 L will be rolling into showrooms toward the end of the year. Base prices are €79,900 for the 3.0 TDI; €80,400 for the 3.0 TFSI; €94,300 for the 4.2 FSI; €95,800 for the 4.2 TDI; and €137,000 for the opulantly equipped W12.

At a glance 
The Audi A8 L

Body

  • Lightweight and yet ultra-strong aluminum body with ASF design
  • 13 centimeters longer than the standard version, measures 5.27 meters (17.29 ft)
  • Timelessly elegant and harmonious lines, optional LED headlights
  • Panoramic sunroof comprising two glass elements

Interior and controls

  • Power-adjustable individual rear seats, with luxurious relaxation seat available as an option
  • Craftsman-level fit and finish, generous list of standard and optional equipment
  • Advanced MMI control system standard; as MMI touch navigation system with pioneering character recognition

Assistance and safety systems

  • Night vision assistant with pedestrian marking, adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, additional high-performance driver assistance systems
  • New Audi pre sense safety system for avoiding accidents and for minimizing their consequences

Infotainment systems

  • Latest generation navigation system tightly networked with the assistance systems
  • State-of-the-art online services including WLAN hotspot, high-end audio systems

Drivetrain

  • Two TDI and three gasoline engines, with power ranging from 184 kW (250 hp) to 368 kW (500 hp)
  • Groundbreaking efficiency: 3.0 TDI emits only 176 grams CO2 per km (283.24 g/mile) Twelve-cylinder FSI with a displacement of 6.3 liters
  • Newly developed, electronically controlled eight-speed tiptronic standard quattro all-wheel drive standard, sport differential available for the rear axle

Chassis

  • Lightweight suspension, balanced axle load distribution
  • Audi drive select driving dynamic system including standard air suspension and adaptive damping, optional dynamic steering

The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted. 

Topics: audi, audi a8, sedan

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