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.
An Audi A8 it is usually priced at $68.000, so why would someone pay 520.000 euro ($680.000) for it? The Audi A8L was specially built for German politician Edmund Stoiber. And still so what if the owner is a politician, why $680.000 for it? Because the armour-plating offers ballistic protection against hard-core bullets up to 7.62 millimetre calibre. After building it Audi made tests with hand grenades and explosives and proved that the floor plating is able to withstand blasts from (...) More
The next generation Audi A8 is expected to debut in 2009. Expect to see the V12 TDI engine which recently debuted in the Q7 V12 TDI make its way to the A8 lineup, as well as new gasoline variants. The D4 A8 will undoubtedly raise the bar yet again, however it will face ongoing competition from BMW ’s 7-series which is also set for a 2009 redesign. The long awaited four-door Porsche Panamera could also eat into A8 marketing share should it become available on the market by (...)
Audi has unveiled a premiere at the “World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2007” which runs from 23rd to 28th January in Davos, Switzerland. The Ingolstadt brand, which is providing the chauffeur service at the WEF, is running part of its Audi A8 fleet on eco-friendly “SynFuel” diesel fuel. “Not only do we develop innovative premium-standard vehicles, we also work to ensure that they can be operated in an eco-friendly manner. Our highly efficient TDI and TFSI power units are proof of this. (...) More
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.
The most sophisticated sound system in the Audi range has proven to be an unqualified success. In less than a year more than 3,000 A8 customers have chosen the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System. At the moment every fifth Audi A8 or S8 model is equipped with this system, which has an output of over 1,000 watts. With its total of fourteen active high-end speakers, Acoustic Lens Technology (developed by B&O) and powerful amplifier output, the Advanced Sound System ensures a perfect (...) More
PPI Automotive Design GmbH refreshed and update the complete look of the Audi A8, creating an unique and exclusive sedan with more sportiness and elegance than the original model. The kit comprises of a lift-reducing front spoiler, rear apron diffuser, rear spoiler for enhanced stability at high speeds and under braking. Wheels, tires and other trim complete the styling package. The PPI A8 Eexecutive offers two performance kits for the 4.2L FSI V8. The PPI Performance Kit I increase (...) More
Audi A8 is preparing an amazing version of A8 (probably called RS8). The new model will be powered by a 5.5 liter V12 engine with an maximum output of 550 hp and 811 lbs-ft of torque. a limousine with these characteristics appears rather anachronistic (without limiter and with the long relationships it would become, probably, one partner of the club of the 400 timetables!). That does not remove that an equipped street car with a motor from winning race to the Mans is one proposed (...) More
Ten of the most fabulous cars of 2006 are put togheter by Car and Driver in a quite impressive list. Criteria? Luxury, style, prestige, speed, and price. Top ten most fabulous cars of 2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 - Price: $1.2 million (est) Koenigsegg CCX - Price: $720,000 (est) Maybach 62 - Price: $377,750 Rolls-Royce Phantom - Price: $328,750 Lamborghini Murcielago roadster - Price: $319,110 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano - Price: $250,000 (est) Bentley (...) More
The pattern of ‘clustering’ most frequently occurs with upper midsize cars like the Acura Integra, which accounts for eight of the top 25 most stolen vehicles. The Integra, along with the Suzuki Aerio (positions 12 and 13 on the list), are also part of a trend among what is commonly referred to as ‘tuner’ cars. These cars are popular with street racers, who look for vehicles packing a powerful motor in a lightweight and efficient package. Perhaps most surprising is that in spite of escalating (...) More