2011 Audi A8 priced in the U.S. from $78,050

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 28, 2010

The 2011 Audi A8 luxury performance sedan will carry base price of $78,050 (excluding $875 destination charge, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges). For those who don’t know, the new Audi A8 flagship model comes with an8-speed Tiptronic transmission and the next-generation of the Audi MMI system.

The new MMI system comes with the exclusive MMI touch technology, featuring a touchpad with handwriting recognition, allowing you to enter multimedia, navigation and communications commands.

Furthermore, the 2011 Audi A8 comes with the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System featuring 19 speakers and 1400 watts of power for a sound quality designed for the most discriminating audiophiles.

The larger 2011 Audi A8 L will carry a base price of $84,000 (excluding $875 destination charges, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges). The V8 engine found in the 2011 Audi A8 delivers 372 horsepower and an ample 328 lb-ft. of torque.

The engine achieves 17 mpg in the city/ 27 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined, which means that the new A8 takes on the Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid and has a better fuel economy than the Bmw 7-Series hybrid and 6-cylinder models.

Safety features in the new Audi A8 also include the Audi pre-sense system that works together with the Adaptive Cruise control. The standard form of the pre-sense system receives and analyses the information from ESP sensors. When the system sense maximum brake application or vehicle skidding, the control unit will then take over and handle the situation.

It may activate the hazard warning lights while closing the side windows and the sunroof and it may also tension the front seat belts. If the situation does not lead to harm, the control system will release the belts.

Customers could further enhance the Audi pre-sense system by availing of Audi pre-sense front, Audi pre- sense plus and Audi pre-sense rear systems. These systems are all included in the optional Adaptive Cruise Control with stop & go function and Audi side assist systems.

Audi pre-sense front – in coordination with Adaptive Cruise Control stop & go – checks the front traffic and provides driver support in four stages. The first stage involves a warning signal while the second entails a warning jerk through a brief deceleration.

If the driver responds by depressing the pedal, the brake assist system will then implement braking relative to the vehicle in front. However, if the driver does not respond, the third stage will commence and will entail an autonomous partial braking that will slow down the vehicle at a rate of 3m/s2. The third stage will also close the windows and the sunroof and will activate the hazard warning lights. This stage will also tension the seat belts.

A fourth stage is available only when the full version of Audi pre-sense plus is installed on the Audi A8. In this stage, the system will activate braking to initiate an initial deceleration of 5m/s2, and will then implement full braking.

The fourth stage will kick off around half a second before the collision. But even through collision is imminent, the impact will be less since A8’s speed has already been reduced by around 25mph. On the other hand, Audi pre-sense rear system reduces the impact of a rear end collision. This system will close the A8’s windows and sunroof. It will also tension the seat belts and will move the front seats into the optimum position.

On the other hand, the fully secured cabin of the Audi A8 features attention to detail and high technology. Interior elements include double glazed windows, LED ambient lighting and Valcona leather seats.

Technological features, meanwhile, include Audi Music Interface iPod connection, DAB digital radio and MMI Touch infotainment incorporating HDD satellite navigation with predictive route technology. Other technological features include four-zone climate control, cruise control, Audi Parking System Plus and a keyless go system.

Press Release

Audi Sets U.S. Prices for 2011 Audi A8 Luxury Flagship Sedan

Audi announced U.S. manufacturer's suggested retail prices for its all-new Audi A8 flagship luxury sedan, as well two 2011 Audi R8 V8 models coming in late 2010 and the updated Audi TT quattro Coupe and Roadster coming in early 2011.

Across its 2011 model-year U.S. lineup, Audi has lowered base prices as it introduced more efficient engine packages, left prices on some models unchanged from 2010 models or raised prices modestly.

"With this 2011 pricing strategy, Audi is determined to hit the sweet spot of performance, technology and value," said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. "The model year ahead offers great promise for the Audi brand to build on its momentum story in the U.S."

2011 Audi A8 | Pricing and highlights

The U.S. pricing for the all-new and technology-infused 2011 Audi A8 luxury performance sedan begins with an MSRP of $78,050(excluding $875 destination charge, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges).

The starting price for the normal wheelbase version of the Audi flagship model includes a broad range of advanced features, such as an efficient 8-speed Tiptronic® transmission and the next-generation of the Audi MMI® system with the industry exclusive MMI touch technology. The touchpad feature with handwriting recognition allows motorists to conveniently enter multimedia, navigation and communications commands. The most luxurious Audi sedan comes with the brand's signature quattro all-wheel-drive technology and aluminum ASF® construction.

Also available on the 2011 Audi A8 is the Bang & Olufsen® Advanced Sound System, which includes 19 speakers and 1400 watts of power for a sound quality designed for the most discriminating audiophiles. The Audi A8 Bang & Olufsen system is unique because it was included in the earliest stages of the high-end sedan's development.

The base price of the long wheelbase 2011 Audi A8L is set at $84,000 (excluding $875 destination charge, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges). The 2011 A8 models will be available at Audi dealerships across the U.S. by late November.

While the new Audi A8 provides an unprecedented degree of driving comforts and innovations, it also reflects the work that Audi engineers have invested into maximizing efficiency without sacrificing any driving performance. In fact, the 2011 Audi A8 achieves 17 mpg in the city/ 27 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That puts the fuel economy of the 2011 Audi A8 on par with the Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid. It's also better than the fuel-economy numbers for the BMW 7-Series hybrid and 6-cylinder models.(1)

At the same time, the V8 engine in the 2011 Audi A8 produces 372 horsepower and an ample 328 lb-ft. of torque. Available quattro sport differential with mechanical torque vectoring further enhances the performance handling of this luxurious car.

Design highlights:

Aluminum ASF® frame and aluminum body construction; this lightweight construction technique allows the A8 with standard quattro all-wheel-drive to weigh less than even the 2-wheel-drive S Class and 7 Series.
New Singleframe® grille design.
Xenon plus adaptive headlights and LED daytime running lights standard.
Segment-first full LED headlights available.
LED taillights with 'tubular optic' design.
Normal and long wheelbase models available: A8L LWB is 5.1 inches longer and has 5.1 inches of increased rear legroom compared to the A8 NWB model.
A8 exclusive yacht-styled electronic gear shifter ergonomically designed to help ease use of the new MMI® touch handwriting recognition system.

Engine / Drivetrain highlights:

4.2 liter V8 engine that produces 372 horsepower and 328 lb-ft. torque.
17 city / 27 highway / 21 mpg combined – best in segment fuel economy is the same as the Mercedes S400 hybrid and better than BMW 7 Series hybrid and 6-cylinder models.(1)
Brake energy regeneration and Innovative Thermal Management system.
The A8 is the only car in the segment to have standard quattro all-wheel-drive, and quattro sport differential with mechanical torque vectoring available.

Standard equipment highlights:

19" wheels with all-season tires.
BOSE® Surround Sound System.
18-way heated front comfort seats.
New Audi Navigation plus with new menu structure and new 'tab' concept.
Industry-first MMI touch with handwriting recognition
High resolution 8" MMI screen and 7" Driver Information Display

Optional equipment highlights:

LED headlights: While all A8 sedans have standard LED daytime running lights, Audi has introduced the first full-LED headlights in the luxury sedan segment. These lights project light that is close to daylight helping equate to less strain on the eyes at night and are more efficient than Xenon or halogen lights; plus creating a strong design statement on the A8.
Driver Assistance Package: Includes the next generation of Audi's Adaptive Cruise Control, Audi lane assist, and Audi side assist systems. The uniqueness of this new package is the way these systems are integrated to help extend the functionality of Audi pre sense to include emergency braking and passenger compartment crash preparation.
Premium Package: 22-way comfort/climate seats include front seat ventilation and massage function.
Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System: This second generation of advanced sound from B&O includes 19 speakers and more than 1400 watts of power, for a sound experience designed for the most demanding audiophiles.
Rear Seat Entertainment: Business-class level rear seat entertainment with dual 10" screens, separate MMI, media jukebox, Audi music interface & Bluetooth® headphones.


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