2011 Audi A8 L UK pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 16, 2011

UK consumers will soon get their hands on the long-wheel-base version of Audi’s A8. The carmaker revealed that A8 L will be longer by 130mm than the standard car to ‘provide even more exceptional passenger accommodation’.

Audi will offer five powertrain options: a 3.0-litre TDI with 247bhp, 4.2-litre TDI with 345bhp, 3.0-litre TFSI with 286bhp, 4.2-litre FSI with 367bhp and the 6.3-litre W12 FSI, which is the top-of-the-line option and is exclusive to A8 L with an output of 493bhp and 461lb ft of torque.

The range-topper will enable the A8 L to go from zero to 60mph in only 4.7sec, and reach a limited speed of 155mph. Audi said that the A8 L emits 290g/km of CO2 and returns 22.8mpg, a 9% improvement over the outgoing model.

The L’s extra length accommodates wider doors for rear passengers, which feature ‘power assisted closure’ in the W12 version. The A8 L features heated rear seats, an upgraded climate control system, and electrically operated window blinds. The W12 will get two adjustable individual seats. The entry-level A8 L is priced at £60,010 while the range topping, double-glazed, W12 can cost up to £94,460.

Audi A8 blends the polished ride elegance characteristic of a luxury car with the agility and poise that typify performance saloons one to two levels below. These are attributed to its state-of-the-art adaptive air springs, new generation quattro four-wheel-drive, and lightweight suspension. Rear-seat passengers will benefit from the full additional length of the A8 since they can enter and exit with ease by means of wider doors that come with a power assisted closure in the W12 version. Rear comfort is improved even more through standard seat heating and an advanced climate control

system that allows accurate temperature adjustment in the rear zones as well as electrically controlled side and rear window blinds. Comfort is taken to higher levels in the W12 as the standard rear seat arrangement has been changed to two sculpted rear seats that can be heated and also feature angle adjustable backrests and adjustable fore/aft bases.

The well-being of passengers is further enhanced in the W12, with double glazing and by using Fine Nappa leather more extensively, from the glove box lid all the way to the area around the MMI controls. Certainly, technology plays a crucial role, as expected in a major Vorsprung durch Technik exponent.

The W12 comes standard with LED headlights together with other features like MMI Touch fingertip navigation, BOSE audio system is connected to a hard drive supported jukebox with a capacity of 8000 songs, telephone data entry system and a set of online services.

If a Bluetooth-capable mobile phone that has SIM access profile is available, passengers can receive weather information plus Google Earth images through the internal UMTS module of the car to the Multi Media Interface or MMI and corresponding navigation unit. The car can also function as a WiFi hotspot via its wireless local area network or WLAN as it lets users connect up to six devices to the internet.

Press Release

UK READY TO TAKE A LONGER LOOK AT THE AUDI A8

Audi has gone to even greater lengths to cocoon A8 passengers in absolute comfort in long wheelbase versions of the lightweight aluminium-bodied luxury saloon, the first examples of which have just reached the UK. Available from £60,010 OTR, the five-strong A8 L range incorporates an additional 130mm of wheelbase and body length to provide even more exceptional passenger accommodation. It is also further refined by a 6.3-litre, twelve cylinder W12 flagship model that is exclusive to the long wheelbase line-up.

Like the ‘standard wheelbase’ A8, the lengthened luxury saloon is crafted predominantly from aluminium in the interest of efficiency, comfort and driving agility. This approach reduces weight by around 40 per cent compared with an all-steel equivalent, and provides the very best operating conditions for the five engines that power the range - the 3.0-litre TDI (250PS), the 4.2-litre TDI (350PS), the supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI (290PS), the 4.2-litre FSI (372PS) and the heavily reworked W12. This remarkably refined twelve cylinder powerhouse has been bored out from 6.0-litres to 6.3-litres, and is now bolstered by FSI direct petrol injection for improved economy and emissions control. Maximum power has increased by 50PS over the previous version to 500PS, and the 45Nm higher torque peak of 625Nm arrives at 3,250 rpm.

As a result, the A8 L W12 can power to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds, and cruise serenely, where conditions allow, at a governed top speed of 155mph. And with the help of FSI technology, fuel economy belies these figures, with up to 22.8mpg achievable according to the combined cycle test – an improvement of around 9 per cent over the outgoing model which results in CO2 output of 290g/km.

Thanks to its advanced adaptive air springs, lightweight suspension and latest generation quattro all-wheel-drive, the long-wheelbase Audi A8 manages to combine the polished ride refinement expected of a luxury car with handling poise and agility that would normally characterize performance saloons from one or two classes below.

The full extra length of the A8 L benefits rear-seat passengers, who are able to enter even more easily through wider doors which, in the W12 version, feature power assisted closure. Rear passenger comfort is also further improved by standard seat heating, an upgraded climate control system which enables precise temperature modulation in the two rear ‘zones’ and electrically operated rear window and side window blinds. In the W12, comfort is taken to even greater extremes by replacing the standard rear seat arrangement with two individual sculpted rear seats which can be heated and feature fore/aft adjustable bases and angle adjustable backrests.

Online services

Well-being in the W12 is also further enhanced by double glazing and even more extensive use of Fine Nappa leather taking in everything from the glove compartment lid to the area surrounding the MMI controls. Technology plays a no less important role, as expected in a key exponent of Vorsprung durch Technik. All-LED headlights feature as standard in the W12, as do features including a BOSE audio system linked to a hard drive-based ‘jukebox’ capable of holding up to 8,000 songs, the MMI Touch fingertip navigation and telephone data entry system and a suite of sophisticated online services.

When a Bluetooth-capable mobile phone with SIM access profile is present, weather information and Google Earth images can be beamed via the car’s internal UMTS module to the Multi Media Interface (MMI) and its navigation unit. Through its wireless local area network (WLAN) link the car also doubles as a wi-fi hotspot, allowing passengers to connect up to six computers to the internet.

Picture caption

Audi A8 at a stretch – Long wheelbase versions of the advanced Audi A8 luxury saloon have just touched down in UK Audi Centres. Incorporating 130mm of extra rear legroom, and featuring five engine options, including an exclusive 6.3-litre W12, the range is priced from £60,010 OTR to £94,460 OTR.

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