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.
The Audi A8 is not a traditional tuner car; however the French company Hofele feels otherwise. Just released at the Geneva Motor Show is their body kit for the luxury limousine. The Audi has been tastefully modified from every angle, from the vents in the fenders to the new taillights and the wider fenders and 21 inch wheels help give the vehicle a more powerful stance.
Now that Audi has a new generation of the A8 on the way, it should be cheaper to pick up an older one. That also leaves cash available to buy a tuning kit for the old version. This may be the reason why RDX Racedesign released its new body kit for the Audi A8 called the D2.
The new kit includes a new front grille, front bumper fitted with LED daytime running lights, new "Turbo-Style” side sills and a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust cutters. In order to complete the body kit a new set of 20 inch alloy wheels were added. Price of the kit: $2856.
From the more questions than answers file comes the possible latest spy shots of the new Audi A8. Staying close to the rendering from last week, these new shots were picked up by Autoblog from a website in the Middle East.
If these are real, then it looks like Audi is cooking up something pretty special for the 2010 A8. The big Audi looks like its returning to the sleeker profile of the pre-2004 generation. The interior has a horizontal layout that looks like its designed for sports cars. Very nice.
So, are these grainy images real? If so, how did a small Arabic-language site scoop the rest of us? Does this less-rounded shape signal more of the future of Audi design?
Audi will unveil the new A8 in the fall of 2009. At the llaunched date it will be offered with a 4.2 FSI delivering 372 hp and a 4.2 TDI with 340 hp. In 2010 the company will also add two six-cylinder (gasoline / diesel) with three liters and later a V10. The W12 could be dropped in favor of a hybrid version.
The Audi A8 will enter its fourth generation, but the company will stay focus on evolution rather than revolution. It will keep unchanged the famous "Vorsprung durch Technik" meaning aluminum space frame chassis - it saves about 150 kilos and compensated for the extra weight of four-wheel drive and sport differential.
According to AutoBild, the A8’s design will be agressive, will feature too little progress in architecture and in detail, and like the new 7-Series will take no risks.
On the other hand, the long-wheelbase version of the new A6 will have more presence and charisma than the current generation: the single-frame grill is even bigger and more powerful, the controversial style LED provide additional lighting effects to the bow and stern, the wider track emphasizes the sporty appearance.
Maybe not many tuners choose to modify vehicles like the Audi A8...well not everyone but Andre Rothganger a specialist in car tuning transformed the flagship of the German manufacturer in to a glamorous car. At the exterior the car features 24” rims with crystals on them.
The most noticeable modifications were made to the interior: the tuner used unique tapestry while the abundance of multimedia elements lets you speechless. The car features lots of lcd’s and great audio-video console capable of almost everything the customer desires.
Regarding the engine you would say that this baby has to develop at least 500 hp...For sure this will be a dissapointment for you: the engine is capable of developing 330 hp while the top speed is of 275 km/h. Acccording to Andre Rothganger the car is made to be driven in style and not at high speeds. Due to this fact the car received most of the customization at the interior.
Audi will premiere a new fuel concept at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 in Davos, Switzerland, from January 23 to 27. The brand with the four rings, which provides a chauffeur service at the World Economic Forum, will power its complete fleet of Audi A8 models with environmentally sound ‘GTL (gas-to-liquid) Fuel’ for the first time. In combination with efficient Audi TDI diesel engines, the fuel will allow CO2 emissions from the Audi fleet to be reduced by about 13 percent compared to last year.
Audi today unveiled the facelift A8, the sportiest performance of any luxury-class sedans. The new A8 features superlative performance and excellent comfort make it a joy to drive. But at the same time, with a standard fuel consumption of 8.3 l/100 km, its CO2 emissions of 199 g/km are the lowest in its class.
Audi will be unveiling an innovative entertainment system for rear-seat passengers in the A6L at the Shanghai Auto Show (20 – 27 April 2007). Two 10.2-inch monitors are fitted on the backs of the front seats. The DVD player integrated in the centre armrest also includes connections for a games console, iPod and digital camera. Together with the TV tuner, the system transforms the luxury-class saloon into a mobile film theatre. Sound can be relayed via either the on-board speakers or (...) > Full story
At first glance, the Audi A8 has crisp, uncluttered lines with aggressively swept back headlights and roofline. Filling the wheelwells is a choice of wheel designs and sizes ranging from sedate to sporty. All in all, this is an understated, handsome sedan that doesn’t shout, "I’ve got money," yet still exudes class.