The Audi A8 is a four door luxury limousine from the German automaker that competes with the BMW 7 Series sedan. The A8 entered production in 1994 and the third generation was just unveiled as a 2011 model. Powered by everything from a 2.8 Liter V6 in the base model all the way up to the top of the line 6.0 Liter W12. The first generation S8 was featured in the 1998 film Ronin, powered by a 4.2 Liter V8 making 335 HP. Meanwhile the second generation S8 had a 5.2 Liter FSI V10 under the hood that produced 444 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque and could rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds, more then enough to trounce its 12 cylinder luxury limousine rivals despite being electronically limited to a 155 MPH top speed.
While Hofele Design was the first one to reveal a tuning kit for the luxury sedan Audi A8, Abt Sportsline brought there own version to Geneva Motor Show.
Abt focused their attention to the 4.2 TDI engine. With a few trick it has been tuned to deliver 385HP and an impressive 880 NM of torque. Next to the engine modification the tuner also added new front spoiler, side sills, the rear aprons with the tailpipe cover and the three-piece rear spoiler.
The car sits on 20 or 21 inch sizes wheels, depending on customer’s desire.
Next to the A1 e-tron, Audi also unveiled a hybrid version for the A8 luxury sedan today at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept is powered by a 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder unit rated at 211 hp and 258.15 lb-ft of torque combined with an electric motor that develops a total of 45 hp and 155.63 lb-ft of torque.
The A8 hybrid has a total weight of 4,155.71 lbs and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, while top speed is limited to 146 mph. In all-electric mode it can hit a top speed of 40 mph. Above 40 mph the combustion engine alone does all the propulsive work, while the electric motor supplies onboard users and recharges the battery.
The A8 hybrid is distinguished by 21" two-color wheel rims styled with highly three-dimensional surface areas. The car is painted in "Prism Silver" with "Spectra Flair" as an accent color.
Even if the car is still less than three-months old, tuning houses are already scrambling in putting together performance packages for the Audi A8. Now, it looks like the first tuning house to have struck the proverbial hot iron is Hofele Design with a tuning package that it claims to improve not only the A8’s aesthetic design, but also - and more importantly - its overall performance.
Starting under the hood, the A8’s 4.2-liter V8 petrol engine has been tuned to deliver 400 horsepower - a significant spike from the base model’s 372 horsepower capability. As far as the luxury sedan’s 4.2-liter V8 TDI diesel is concerned, Hofele Design was able to bump the A8’s horsepower from 350 ponies to about 395 horsepower. In addition to that, the performance package was also able to shave off a tenth-of-a-second - 5.3 seconds to 5.2 seconds - from the car’s 0-60mph clocked time.
Hofele Design also went out of its way to provide a laundry list of aerodynamic modifications for the A8, not the least of which includes a new front bumper with big air intakes and air vents, air intakes / outtakes in the front fenders, discreet side skirts, rear apron as diffuser with openings for the stainless steel sports muffler with four tailpipes and flap control for sound optimization, a bigger trunk spoiler lip, and last but certainly not list a set of 20-inch or 22-inch alloy wheels.
Short reminder: for the US market Audi will only offer the 4,2 FSI engine with 372 hp (the European customers will also get a 4.2 TDI with350 hp and two 3,0 TDI versions with either 250 or 204 hp). The engine will be mated to an all new 8-speed tiptronic gearbox.
The new Audi A8 luxury sedan will go on sale in early 2010, offering a variety of Google services and information to the luxury sedan via the internet. Its multimedia interface (MMI) navigation plus features among other innovations, a highly evolved operating concept incorporating a touchpad – known as MMI touch. Also included are an integrated hard disk for navigation, phone and audio data and a graphics processor capable of generating high-quality, three dimensional images.
The user can search online with Google for points-of-interest directly from within the MMI. With Google Earth on the MMI’s 8 inch LCD display the new Audi A8 allows its occupants to discover the world from above. The Google Earth imagery and 3D terrain model are combined with the detailed street network from the onboard navigation database as well as calculated routes in a seamless integration of online and offline content.
In the event that you missed the world debut of the A8, check out this video regarding everything you need to know about Audi’s new ride. Who know, you might end up wanting one as soon you finish watching.
A few days ago we mentioned that Audi was keeping their new flagship model under wraps in a purpose built pavilion in Miami Beach. Well last night the German automaker took off the covers and rolled the all new for 2011 Audi A8 luxury limousine out onto the stage after hearing from actress Lucy Liu and the car’s head designer as we awaited the luminescent sculpture that dropped down from the ceiling right before the actual reveal.
With art being a major theme of the night’s conversation, it was nice to hear the German designer talk about the fact that if something doesn’t work and the function isn’t there then it doesn’t matter how beautiful the body is because it just won’t work. Well the new A8 looks a bit smaller then it did before thanks to the large sedan’s sportier lines and wraparound LED lamps. On the inside is the A8 features technologies like a touch pad that you can write on using your finger like a stylus, luxurious ambient lighting and a pair of the most comfortable hip hugging well bolstered back seats of any car on the market today. It would also appear that Audi is trying to push alternative fuels on the U.S. market because of the vast assortment of fuel efficient diesel burning options that will be made available in the new A8.
In the spirit of the coming holidays, Audi has effectively gift-wrapped the new Audi A8 in a blanket of aluminum foil, concealing the car’s appearance from the wandering eyes of the public until its much-anticipated unveiling on November 30.
We’re not big fans of having to wait for the covers to be lifted but we do appreciate a good set-up when we see one. If you don’t know, the Audi A8 will be launched at the Audi Pavilion in Miami on Monday, at which time; the public will finally get a first-hand look at Audi’s new flagship luxury car.
Days before the world premier of the new Audi A8 at the Audi Pavilion in Miami, the boys from Ingolstadt released a short teaser video of the new flagship luxury sedan.
It looks like Audi is really pushing hard to create an artsy spin on the new A8, even going as far as giving us a rather, ‘artistic’ teaser of the new A8. Not much of the car is shown, but it does make you wonder as to what the unveiling is going to be like on November 30.
As far as we’re concerned, we have a gut feeling that it’s going to be something we’ve never seen before. But that’s just us.
The world debut of the new Audi A8 will not be happening on any auto shows in the near future.
No; for this occasion, Audi wants to hog the spotlight all to itself and rightfully so. The flagship A8 sedan will make its world unveiling at the Audi Pavilion on November 30 - the eve of the yearly art-fest ’Design Miami’. If you don’t know where that is, it’s actually
a temporary museum structure located in Miami.
Some of you might find the decision a little curious, especially since the upcoming LA Auto Show figures to be the perfect setting for the A8 to be revealed. But the decision ultimately rested on the shoulders of the folks from Ingolstadt and they figured that the A8 would be best-served to have the stage all the itself.
As far as the venue-of-choice is concerned, Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, decided that Miami’s Design District would be the ideal location because, as he said: "Our claim "Vorsprung durch Technik" also embraces design, which is one of the outstanding elements of the Audi signature. And as top design has now emerged as an acknowledged art form, we see the bridge between art and architecture as a logical step in advancing our brand."
We don’t really have any preference as to where Audi decides to unveil the new A8, although their decision to skip the auto show scene has led us to believe that they may have something up their sleeve as far as the world unveiling of the A8 is concerned.