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.