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.
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.
Audi is currently working on the next generation A8 that will be unveil sometime in 2009 as a 2010 model. It will have big competition when it will be launched, because by the same time two new models will be launched on the market: the next generation BMW 7-Series and the long-waited Porsche Panamera.
For 2007, Audi of America is offering an extensive range of A8 models with choices that offer customers added exclusivity and increased dynamic driving pleasure.
The A8 family consists of three models: the A8 in normal wheelbase form, the highly acclaimed A8 L luxury sport sedan with its extended wheelbase and increased interior room and, the ultimate A8, the A8 L W12 with a 450 horsepower 12cylinder powerplant. The A8 and A8 L now employ the latest in engine technology from Audi; FSI direct gasoline injection.