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2018 Audi A8

2018 Audi A8

The New Audi A8 is here and Wow is it something else

While the Audi A8 has always seemed to wear an understated tuxedo with its sleek looks and undeniable style, the third-generation model has been in circulation for the last seven years. It’s one of the last few models to still sport Audi’s tall, square grille and it’s time for a serious revamp. So, it was no surprise when we started seeing prototypes hitting the streets and the Nürburgring, and now – after a quick peak at the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere, Audi has laid it all out on the table. As is the usual case with Audi, overall design changes are somewhat minimal, but it does get the new, wide grille, a pair of sexy headlight units, and repositioned body lines that make it even more appealing than ever before. Inside, there’s a completely redesigned dashboard with new technology, updated user interface controls, and it finally gets Audi’s new piloted driving system which allows remote parking and semi-autonomous driving in highway traffic. To go along with this, the A8 gets a revises suspension system that includes all-wheel steering and active suspension. Topping off the new generation is a pair of reengineered, turbocharged V-6 engines that will eventually be joined by a pair of V-8 powerplants and a 6.0-liter W-12 for the range-topping model.

So, with all that in mind, one can’t help but wonder how the new A8 will stand up against the new Mercedes S-Class and the new BMW 7 Series. It’s obviously going to be a tough call as to which is better, but Audi is coming to the party prepared to throw down. So, let’s dive on in and take a better look at the new Audi A8 – there are lots of details to cover.

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2017 Audi A8L Extended

2017 Audi A8L Extended

Audi joins the ultra-luxury segment with a six-door version of the A8

In early 2016 our paparazzi spotted a longer-than-usual Audi A8 somewhere in snowy Sweden. The limousine had six doors instead of four and looked awfully similar to the vehicle that was delivered to Harald V, the King of Norway, earlier last month, but the German license plate suggested the car in question was a test vehicle. Three months have passed since then and Audi confirmed that it has began producing a six-door variant of its full-size sedan.

Dubbed A8L Extended, the ultra-long, luxury model was conceived as a special one-off for an unnamed "European customer" and development took almost a year. Having received further requests for the custom sedan, Audi is launching the A8L Extended as a bespoke, limited-edition model that will rival offerings from Mercedes-Maybach.

Details about the six-door A8 and its availability are still scant, but Audi has provided just enough details and photos to learn more about the brand’s first venture into the ultra-luxury market. Have a look at our in-depth review below and stay tuned for information on pricing and options that will be made available for the XXL sedan.

Updated 04/11/2016: Audi dropped the official details on the A8L Extended.

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2016 Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport

2016 Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport

Introduced in 2009, the current-generation Audi A8L received a significant update in 2013, and by the looks of things, the full-size sedan isn’t due to be replaced until 2017. That, however, doesn’t mean Ingolstadt will rest on its laurels for two more years and leave the A8 unchanged. The German flagship has already received its most powerful iteration ever as the A8 Plus in 2015, and with 2016 right around the corner the long-wheelbase version is in for a few improvements of its own — at least in 4.0T trim.

The model that slots between the 3.0 TFSI/3.0 TDI and the W12 has gained new visuals and an equipment update for 2016, along with a more powerful V-8 engine and a "Sport" badge. The good news is that the upgraded model costs only $100 more than last year’s car, which is quite surprising given Audi’s latest releases stood out through expensive options such as the SQ5 Plus’ exclusive Macaw Blue package — a ridiculous €12,000 bundle consisting of an exterior paint and contrast stitching for the upholstery.

The revised A8 L 4.0T joins the recently updated A8 L Security, which was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show with class VR 9 ballistic protection standard for customers in need of a bullet-proof limousine. The 3.0 TFSI, 3.0 TDI, and W12 are also likely to receive upgrades by the time the next-generation A8 arrives, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the 4.0T model.

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport.

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2016 Audi A8 L Security

2016 Audi A8 L Security

The Audi A8 L Security is one of the most exclusive models in the entire Audi lineup. It’s not the fastest or most powerful Audi, but it’s arguably the toughest of them all. It’s armored without looking like it is.

That comes with the territory of a limousine that meets class VR 9 ballistic protection standards, the highest security requirement for civilian high-security sedans as set by VPAM, an association of testing institutes that was established to create guidelines for the qualification of ballistic materials and their “BulletProof Levels.”

The Audi A8 L Security might look like a typical 2015 Audi A8 L, and for the most part it is. The interior hasn’t changed and the choice of engines remain the same. It’s just that unlike the A8 L, the A8 L Security was built with materials that are normally used in the military vehicles, in a facility the company describes only as a “secure, top-secret factory.”

The end result is a limousine that Audi believes is the “most secure” model it has ever built. With all the military-grade refinements it has under that body, it’s hard to argue against that claim.

The Audi A8 L Security will make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2016 Audi A8 Edition 21

2016 Audi A8 Edition 21

Audi first brought its four-door behemoth luxo-cruiser A8 to the U.K. a scant 21 years ago, and in celebration, it’ll offer British customers a new, limited-run iteration called the Edition 21. Available in both standard- and long-wheelbase variants, the A8 Edition 21 offers as standard a variety of features found on the options list of the regular A8, enhancing both the exterior and interior with even more luxury, prestige and comfort. Only 121 total will be produced and it’ll only be sold in the U.K.

The car is simply packed to the brim with extras, and customers are sure to feel coddled. However, there isn’t much that the Edition 21 can offer over a well-optioned, standard-issue A8. A few swipes of the pen are all that’s needed to get, more or less, the same result.

So then, what makes this A8 stand out from the rest? Read on the find out.

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2015 Audi A8 - Driven

2015 Audi A8 - Driven

Sometimes I just don’t get along with a car. The Audi A8 L arrived in my driveway and it didn’t seem to be looking for trouble. Audi’s technobarge flagship wears its sheet metal like an understated tuxedo, exuding confidence and high quality with every curve of its Phantom Black pearl-effect sheet metal. Yet, by the end of my week with it I was muttering under my breath at just about every single thing it did, annoyed by the prospect of taking it out on the streets yet again.

Which is a shame, because the Audi A8 is a fine automobile. It’s just that sometimes you and your partner don’t quite mesh. No matter how well trained, personality conflicts can ruin any situation.

Continue reading for more of my review of the Audi A8.

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2014 Audi A8 By Senner Tuning

2014 Audi A8 By Senner Tuning

The Audi A8 may be a luxury car by appearance, but it has a lot more to offer than just its good looks. Any aftermarket company that has built tuning programs for the A8 will attest to this, none more profoundly than Senner Tuning. The German aftermarket company has built programs for a wide range of Audi models. This time around, it has set its sights on the four rings’ flagship luxury sedan.

Admittedly, the program lacks the visual appeal that Senner Tuning’s other Audi programs have had. But that isn’t a reason to gripe. This kit is all about polishing the luxury sedan’s performance credentials, which has plenty of room for improvement. That’s what Senner Tuning zeroed in on, and the results are pretty impressive.

To be fair, the program does have some visual upgrades if you can even describe an LED number plate lighting as a “visual upgrade." But for the most part, Senner Tuning decided to focus on the A8’s engine and in doing so, gave it enough of an upgrade to be more formidable on the road. The A8 is more than just class and luxury, folks. Look no further than this program Senner Tuning developed for the A8 as proof of that.

The entire program costs around €9,500, including VAT. Based on the exchange rate on 9/18/2014, that price translates to about $12,250.

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2016 Audi A8 e-tron

2016 Audi A8 e-tron

The A8 has been the flagship model of the entire Audi range since its arrival back in 1994. Now in its third generation, the A8 continues to carry the “Four Rings” flag to greater and greater heights. Word has it that the A8 is getting a new engine that will make good use of the company’s new 3.0-liter, V-6, e-tron drivetrain.

Auto Express is reporting that the A8 will be the first recipient of a new e-tron hybrid system combined with a 3.0-liter, V-6, diesel mill. This system is similar to the one Audi dropped into the A3 e-tron Sportback, albeit with a more powerful V-6 to complement the electric motor.

Audi technical boss Dr Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed to Auto Express that this new setup will be used on the automaker’s larger models with the A8 getting first dibs on it.

It’s another huge step in the company’s quest to produce more sustainable vehicles in the future. Having an electric motor to complement the V-6 should make the A8 more fuel efficient without compromising its already stout performance numbers.

The new A8 e-tron is expected to carry 368 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque with an all-electric range of 30 miles. The range is similar to other luxury hybrid models on the market, including the Panamera S-E Hybrid and its 22-mile, EV-only range.

Expect the A8 to be the first model to receive the 3.0-liter e-tron powertrain with the A6 and the Q7 and others following suit at a later date.

It’s an exciting time for Audi as it ventures into new territory with its bigger models. If the A8 e-tron succeeds, look for the company to set its sights on expanding the engine’s reach into other models sooner than later.

Note: Standard Audi A8 pictured here.

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2015 Audi A8

2015 Audi A8

Did the 2015 A8 just eat something sour, or is the A8 pouting while the Panamera soaks up all the praise within the hyper-competitive VW Group? Whatever the reason, all is not well with the new Audi flagship’s facial expression.

The 2015 Audi A8 made its public debut at Frankfurt Auto Show this week, where the new A8 range benefits from a facelift, and detail tech refinements for safety and efficiency.

The latest A8 range is larger than ever, with a much broader range of models coming to American Audi dealers in spring 2014. The U.S.-market A8 range will add a Hybrid front-wheel-drive option for the 2015 model year, as well as the current V-6, V-8 and W-12 engine choices.

Audi’s potent 3.0-liter TDI also joined the A8 line for the 2014 model year, and is available now. The engines for 2015 all feature mild output and performance tweaks, which are aimed at improved acceleration stats as well as fuel economy.

The bulk of the A8 volume in America is expected to still be the firm’s advanced 3.0-liter and 4.0-liter gasoline V-8 engines, each paired with quattro AWD as standard equipment. Short and long wheelbase choices are available, with prices that are expected to range from $76,000 to $88,000, before options.

The A8’s facelift brings an even more serious and technical appearance to the nose, with scowling LED running lights that look meaner than a junkyard dog. Part of the advanced debut of the A8 is to allow time for NHTSA approval of the all-new Matrix LED forward lighting system. Bundled with the A8’s new active safety technology, the LED style statement can actually be a key selling point for some buyers.

This facelift for the A8 leaves a number of issues from the previous model unresolved, which is not great, considering the strength of the latest Jaguar XJ and the brand-new S-Class.

Updated 06/04/2014: Audi today announced prices for the newly redesigned 2015 A8 model line which will arrive at dealerships this month. Prices will range from $77,400 for the base version to $137,900 for the A8 L W12 version.

Click past the jump for a detailed review of the 2015 Audi A8, with all the latest specs and stats from Audi on the performance and equipment these models will offer executive limo buyers.

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2014 Audi A8 L Security

2014 Audi A8 L Security

Yesterday, Mercedes launched the S600, which is the most flagship model in its S-Class lineup. Now, Audi has some news on its own flagship sedan, as it is set to reveal the 2014 A8 L Security. One of the most exclusive model in Audi’s lineup, the new A8 L Security is certified by the German Ballistics Testing Center in Munich, and offers bullet protection according to the VR 7 ballistic standard.

In order to deliver this amount of protection, the new A8 L Security is built from aluminum according to the Audi Space Frame (ASF) principle, and the occupant is built uwith heat-formed armor steel, aramide fabric, ceramic, a special aluminum alloy and multi-laminated glass.

Also, for the car’s windows, windshield and rear window, Audi used a special kind of glass with a splinter-inhibiting polycarbonate layer on the inside. The new A8 L Security was also equipped with an intercom system that allows to communicate with the outside world with the windows shut.

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2014 Audi A8 Exclusive Concept

2014 Audi A8 Exclusive Concept

Don’t let the name fool you, this is not a real A8 concept car, but a limited-edition model that the German automaker developed in cooperation with Italian designer-furniture maker Poltrona Frau. Once Audi releases the new A8 Exclusive Concept in March 2014, it will be limited to only 50 units. .

This limited edition is based on the A8 L W12 model and as you probably guessed, it features an exclusive interior. Audi decided to use a special Agatha cognac-colored aniline leather from Poltrona Frau. Another cool feature is the diamond quilting on the center section of the seats and the inlays made of fine-grain olive ash natural silver brown.

Those two elegant features are combined with granite-gray stitching, piping and central pleat on the seats. this granite grey also gets use on the steering wheel, the door top shoulders and the upper section of the instrument panel.

The model also received a white Alcantara headliner and cognac brown Alcantara on the rear package shelf.

Updated 11/18/2013: Audi finally unveiled the official images of the new Audi A8 Exclusive. Check the picture gallery to see them all!

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2015 Audi A8 Hybrid

2015 Audi A8 Hybrid

Deep in the press preview of next month’s public reveal of the 2015 Audi A8 facelift, a nugget of very newsworthy information is buried: the 2015 A8 will be offered as a four-cylinder, front-drive hybrid for the first time.

Ditching the quattro all-wheel-drive that is otherwise an A8 standard feature, the A8 Hybrid model is important for a number of reasons. First off, it is a full hybrid with a Li-ion battery pack in the trunk allowing brief EV-only driving.

Secondly, it uses a small and powerful gasoline engine as the primary drivetrain, eschewing the intellectual preference for diesel-electric hybrids from the European luxury brands. This gasoline setup means its performance and economy will be highly tailored to the American and Chinese markets, with arrival in U.S. dealers with the rest of the remodeled A8 gang next spring.

The major reason this car is important is of course its primary USP: fuel economy. With a quoted 37 mpg on the U.S. cycle, the A8 Hybrid will comfortably be able to add 10 mpg to the fuel economy of the second-most-efficient (U.S.) engine: the supercharged quattro V-6 A8 3.0 TFSI.

All the A8’s rich and formal styling, LED lighting and interior tech upgrades promise a new A8 experience, but with a relaxed drive more along the lines of the Lexus ES350h than any previous exec hybrid from Germany. Previous eco-themed limousine models from BMW and Mercedes for the American market, like the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, were both total sales failures with almost no economy incentive for buyers.

Click past the jump for the full preview of the 2015 A8 Hybrid, with all the latest details from Audi about its power outputs, EV range and in-car WLAN hotspot technology.

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2015 Audi A8 L W12

2015 Audi A8 L W12

Audi revealed the 2015 A8 L W12 facelift yesterday, and mild is the right description. This mid-cycle refresh brings improved performance, fuel mileage and technology, but little styling change outside. New adaptive Matrix LED headlights and a broader panel of LED brake lights appear out back, while scrolling sequential LED turn signals add some R8 flair to this long-wheelbase executive flagship.

This A8 L W12 quattro barely needs any extra charm school, but its nose now features a metallic mesh grille for the center shield as well as the lower air intake ducts. It is a nice touch that is subtle enough to make the W-12 unique versus its lesser siblings: the A8 TFSI, TDI or Hybrid models.

This debut for the 2015 Audi A8 is in advance of its public display next month at the Frankfurt auto show, where the A8 will be part of an extravaganza of new models from the German auto giants.

In the ultra-limo category of this 12-cylinder model, the A8 is actually far more understated and anonymous than piloting a Bentley Flying Spur or Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive, the new long-wheelbase version aimed at Chinese businessmen. It takes a closer look or a truly eagle-eyed car guy to know that this monster luxury limo is not another everyday Audi A4.

Audi’s subtle facelift leaves much to be desired in the face of a brand new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. How will the new Audi fare when it arrives stateside next spring?

Click past the jump for the full preview of the 2015 Audi A8 L W-12 quattro, with all the latest updates to its exterior LED style and interior technology.

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2014 Audi A8

2014 Audi A8

The third-generation Audi A8 has been around since 2009 and since then, we’ve seen numerous facelifts and upgrades attributed to the German automaker’s resident high-class luxury sedan.

For the 2014 model, the A8 has again been treated to a number of revisions, which include similar updates made to the rest of the Audi lineup, including subtle but still noticeable tweaks to the front bumper and front grille. Similarly, Audi’s famous LED lighting technology can still be found on the A8, albeit with its own set of minor modifications.

As far as the powertrain, the 2014 A8 still features the same pair of engine options found on the 2013 model: a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 that develops 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that produces 420 horsepower and 444 pound-feet of torque for the 4.0T.

These upgrades are expected to bolster the A8’s standing in the competitive luxury-class segment. They’re much needed, in our opinion, given that the BMW 7-Series is still pushing strong and Mercedes has just launched the next-generation S-Class.

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2015 Audi A8

2015 Audi A8

The third-generation Audi A8 was officially unveiled back in 2009, but, just like any other model in the company’s lineup, the luxury sedan is also going to receive a small revision. Our spy photographers have caught the model testing for the first time somewhere in Germany.

Audi tried to hide the updates under some heavy camouflage, but even so, we already know what to expect when the revised A8 arrives on the market. Updates will be nearly identical to what we have seen on all the other updated Audi models.

The revised A8 is going to receive small changes to the front bumper, a new grille and new headlights. For the rear, the revised A8 will feature new lights and an updated bumper. The interior is also going to receive some small updates, plus an updated infotainment system.

Expect the revised Audi A8 to be unveiled later in the year, most likely at a major show like the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2014 Audi A8 L TDI

2014 Audi A8 L TDI

The 2014 Audi A8 L has been the object of affection for a lot of people, including myself who may or may not have a desktop wallpaper of the German luxury car on his laptop computer.

So, when Audi announced that the A8 L TDI is set to be brought to U.S. shores, you had at least one happy camper that’s already trying to fill up his piggy bank.

In all seriousness, this is great for everyone who has been clamoring for the super-luxurious German limousine to find its way in the Land of the Free. Take out the fact that the Audi A8 L TDI looks like an outright stunner that takes advantage of all the beautiful styling cues that Audi has come to be known for in the past years. Audi’s Premium Package also comes as a standard for the A8 L TDI, which means that you’ll receive Audi side assist and pre-sense rear, 22-way multi-contour comfort seats, front seat ventilation with massage capabilities, and full LED headlights. Sign us up, please!

But what we really like about the A8 L TDI is its 3.0-liter TDI engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, allowing the car to hit 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. Sure, there could have been more power added to the engine, but given the kind of market the A8 L is supposed to take aim at, 240 ponies is mighty plenty for us, especially when the returns equate to an EPA estimated 24 mpg city / 36 mpg highway/ 28 mpg combined.

The 2014 Audi A8 L TDI will retail for $82,500 when it hits dealerships in the spring. That’s significantly cheaper than the $93,000 price tag attached to the Mercedes S350 BlueTEC. We like the S350 BlueTEC, but when given a choice, we’re not hesitating picking the A8 L TDI on this round.

We’ll update this review as more information on the U.S.-spec A8 L TDI is release.

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2012 Audi AS8 by ABT Sportsline

2012 Audi AS8 by ABT Sportsline

When German luxury meets German aftermarket prowess, the result is a car that speaks both to the consumer’s want for elegance and need for blaze-setting speed.

ABT Sportsline knows a thing or two about satisfying its consumer’s tastes, and their new program for the Audi S8 is the epitome of what people look for in a high-powered luxury limo with sports car capabilities.

“For us, the new AS8 is the best of both worlds, that is, the best in terms of both comfort and acceleration and agility“, said Hans-Jürgen Abt, managing director of ABT Sportsline.

“After all, the AS8 has to meet our premium customers’ standards when it comes to performance and luxuriousness.”

Make no mistake; the Audi S8 is a luxury car that’s got no shortage of performance credentials, thanks to its 4.0-liter TFSI engine that’s powered with 520 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque. Thanks to ABT’s power upgrades, the AS8 was able to increase its output to 620 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. Here’s the clincher: ABT still has some fine-tweaking to do, which could still increase the output of the car by more than just 20%. We like that, indeed.

Nevertheless, the current increased output allows it to hit 0-62 mph in just four seconds. In fourth gear, it can hit 37 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds while fifth gear can be hit in 3.5 seconds from 50 to 75 mph. Finally, the AS8 can also hit 0-124 mph in just 13 seconds with an overall top speed of 181 mph.

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2013 Audi A8 4.0T

2013 Audi A8 4.0T

Just a few weeks ago, we let you know that Audi had scrapped its inefficient 4.2-liter V-8 engine in favor of a boosted V-6, but that there may be a new V-8 in the making. Well, that "may be" just became a certainty, as Audi has just announced that a new V-8 is coming to the A8.

This new V-8 is actually one that is already on Audi’s shelves: It is the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 used in the S6 and S7 models. This puppy will pump out a healthy 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque and turn the new top-level A8 into the A8 4.0T.

The A8 4.0T is slated to debut in the 2013 model year and it’ll carry with it an $81,795 base price tag and an $88,095 price tag for the A8L 4.0T, which is the long wheelbase model. The pricing points give the 8 4.0T a nice slot right between the base A8 3.0T and the flagship S8 model.

We are sure there is tons more information to come from Audi, as it works its way closer to competing with BMW and Mercedes more effectively. The addition of turbo to the A8 line will certainly help speed along that process.

We’ll keep you updated if any more information becomes available.

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2012 Audi A8 Hybrid

2012 Audi A8 Hybrid

For Audi, the Frankfurt Motor Show was not only about performance cars, but also about fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. Next to the three S models released, the company’s stand also included the luxury A8 hybrid sedan. The new hybrid sedan will go on sale in 2012 and combines a 2.0 TFSI and an electric motor for a total output of 245 HP and an impressive fuel economy of 36.75 US mpg.

The new Audi A8 Hybrid is one of the few large hybrids on the market, but unlike its biggest competitor - the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 - the A8 features a much more elegant design. And thanks to its ASF (Audi Space Frame) body made entirely of aluminum, the A8 will also be lighter.

The Audi A8 Hybrid will go on sale later in 2012. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Updated 03/27/2012: Audi has unveiled a series of new images and new video for their A8 hybrid luxury sedan. Also, the car is now officially on sale in Europe, with prices starting from €77,700 for standard version and €85,400 for the L version.

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2012 Audi A8L W12

2012 Audi A8L W12

Audi has announced the addition of the new A8 L W12 model to the current A8 line-up. The new model is powered by a brand new engine that replaces the 4.2-liter V8. Along with the new engine, the A8 L W12 comes with enhanced interior options and standard Audi connect online car services. It is priced at $133,500.

Pushing the 4.2L V8 out of the way is the new 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 500 HP and a peak torque of 463 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive and will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in a time of 4.4 seconds.

The Audi A8 L W12 will be equipped with the highest level of
luxury available in the luxury segment, all standard for the vehicle. These features include 22-way comfort seats in Valcona leather seating surfaces with ventilation and massage functions for all four seats, an Alcantara headliner, 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, a panorama sunroof, rear seat entertainment, and Audi connect with Google Earth.

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2011 Audi A8 L Security

2011 Audi A8 L Security

A lot of people might not feel the need to own a luxury car that effectively has the skeleton of a high-grade military car, but for those few that depend on these cars to help protect them from outside threats, then we present to you Audi’s new high-powered, armored-to-the-hilt, luxury car, the 2011 A8 L Security.

At first glance, the A8 L Security looks exactly like the standard A8, but nothing about this car can be described as ’standard’. It’s got enough safety and security features to make anyone think it’s a fortress on wheels. According to Audi, the A8 L Security complies with the strictest standards of ballistic protection, capable of withstanding some pretty hellacious explosions.

Naturally speaking, Audi takes great lengths to ensure that the building of this car remains as low-key and secretive as possible. The armored car is built in Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm, Germany which is so private that even cell phones are prohibited inside to ensure that all of Audi’s trade secrets remain in-house.

Details on the Audi A8 L Security after the jump.

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2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

Audi’s full-size luxury sedan will be entering the 2011 model year with an overhaul fit to be called the vehicle’s third generation. This new model made its world debut in Miami at the Audi Pavilion in Miami Beach in 2009 with sales beginning in late 2010.

The 2011 Audi A8 is based on the Volkswagen Group MLB platform, but maintains its Audi Space Frame aluminum construction as the previous generation. A new engine will be introduced for this generation as the 6.3 liter W12 engine finds a home in the A8. As far as knick-knacks are concerned, the sedan will feature all light-emitting diode (LED) headlights, an enhanced Multi Media Interface with touchscreen, and an optional 1400 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The 2011 Audi A8 starts off at about $78,000, but can peak at about $128,000 with all of the available options.

Updated 01/13/2011: Audi has unveiled a pretty cool commercial for the new Audi A8 as a prelude to its upcoming Super Bowl ad. An evolution of Audi’s ongoing campaign to redefine luxury, the companion spot taps into viewers’ notions of old luxury with the help of an unlikely literary inspiration: Goodnight Moon, the 1947 children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown, one of the best-selling children’s books of all time.

UPDATE 03/21/2011: Check out our review of the 2011 Audi A8 by clicking here!

Press release after the jump.

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