According to the pricing information that Audi has released about its 2012 model lineup, the range-topping A8L flagship costs $133,500. It is powered by a 6.3-liter W-12 engine that has an output of 500hp and 463 lb-ft of torque and is supported by an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission linked to Audi’s requisite Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi claims that the W-12 powered long-wheelbase A8 could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
Audi also asserts that its flagship sedan offers the “highest level of luxury available in the luxury segment.” If you’ve got the means and the willingness to pay $133,500, you should know that for this amount, you will enjoy its four seats being richly appointed with Valcona leather, sporting ventilation and massage functions.
The front seats offer 22-way power adjustment and an alcantara headliner could be seen throughout the panorama sunroof. In addition, the A8L W12 features LED headlights, a set of 20-inch wheels, rear seat entertainment system and Audi connect featuring Google Earth and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Take note that these are all standard. Audi’s 4.2-liter V-8 is available in either the standard wheelbase A8 (priced at $78,750) or the base A8L ($84,700) too.
The new Audi A8 L features a well-refined elegant design that provides the long-wheelbase vehicle with a dynamic presence on the road. With a wheelbase of 3,122 mm (10.24 ft), the new Audi A8 L has grown in length by 130 mm (0.43 ft) to 5,267 millimeters (17.28 ft) compared to the regular model. Although it is as wide as the regular model at 1,949 mm (6.39 ft), the A8 L is 2 mm (0.08 in) higher at to 1,462 mm (4.8 ft).
When compared to other long-wheelbase models, the new Audi A8 L is both longer and wider. The aluminum body of the Audi A8 L was built using the Audi Space Frame (ASF) principle and weighs around 40 percent lighter than a comparable steel body. This ASF body structure is composed of cast elements, extruded sections and sheet aluminum while its integral B-posts are made of ultra-high strength steel.
All of these result to a very rigid body that enhances the A8 L’s handling, lower interior noise levels and improve passive safety. The new Audi A8 L could be specified with optional LED headlight units, which comes as standard on the Audi A8 L W12 quattro. Interestingly, the Audi A8 L W12 quattro is set apart from other A8 L models by a number of visual details. These include the high-gloss black single-frame radiator grille with integral grid structure with special chromed horizontal bars.
Its air inlets feature chromed inserts while exterior mirrors have chromed applications. Moreover, the Audi A8 L W12 quattro features W12 badges mounted on the single-frame grille and at the rear of the car. Likewise, the rear bumper accommodates trapezoidal-pattern dual tailpipe trims of the exhaust system. The new Audi A8 L offers an especially intended comfortable space for rear-seat passengers. Moreover, its back doors have been made longer to facilitate easier ingress and egress.
Customers may even specify their Audi A8 L with two separate heated, ventilated and power-adjustable seats, which could be could be adjusted forward and back. Their seat cushion depth and seat back angle with top section could also be adjusted. Moreover, these seats offer fully adjustable lumbar support. Likewise, the front passenger's seat could be moved from the rear should there be a need for extra space.
These seats are specified as standard in the Audi A8 L W12 quattro. Moreover, customers could avail of an optional full-length console that extends from the center tunnel to the rear shelf. In addition, this console could be specified with a folding table or a refrigerator. On the other hand, the new A8 L features separate controls for the rear air conditioning, as standard. Around 25 adjusting motors control the vehicle’s four-zone automatic air conditioning.
Additionally, the Audi A8 L is provided with a reclining seat just behind the front passenger's seat. Its occupant could adjust the angle of the seat cushion and even enjoy a massage by its ten air-filled compartments. Its occupant could select any of the four programs via remote control and rest his or her feet on a power-adjustable support at the base of the back of the front passenger seat. This reclining seat also features heating, ventilation head restraint elements. Rear seat passengers may further enjoy the comfort of a trip with additions like a folding table and a Rear Seat Entertainment system featuring two 10.2-inch screens. Extra wood and leather trim are also available.