2011 Audi A8 L

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Style NameFuel TypeDrive TypeMPGMSRP
4dr SdnGasoline FuelAll Wheel DriveCity: 16
Hwy: 16

4-door Large Passenger Car
All Wheel Drive
Base MSRP: $84,000.00
Invoice: $78,120.00
Hwy MPG: 23 mpg
City MPG: 16 mpg


Strong acceleration and nimble, responsive handling; fuel efficiency; backseat room in A8L; new MMI interface; extensive driver-safety and accident-avoidance features

Value Writeup

The long-wheelbase version of the A8, the A8L, is now slightly longer than the BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS or Mercedes-Benz S-Class, bringing an exceptionally roomy interior. The A8 still manages to feel more nimble and responsive than would ever be expected for such a large vehicle. With its new, stronger powertrain, the A8 not only performs better but achieves EPA highway rating of 27 mpg--near the head of the pack among large luxury sedans. A number of other tech features, such as the industry-first full LED headlamps and the next-generation touchpad MMI interface inside, are market standouts.

Model Highlights

A direct-injected 4.2L V8 engine making 372 horsepower and 328 pound-feet of torque is standard on A8 and S8L models. The A8L W12 FSI, to be available later in the model year, gets a direct-injected, 450-hp, 6.3-liter W12 engine. The A8 can get to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, while the A8L W12 takes just 4.9 seconds. All A8 models come with quattro all-wheel drive, which is calibrated to feel sporty and enhance cornering confidence yet also take on slippery road conditions. The system can send 60 percent of torque to the rear wheels during normal driving, or more to whichever wheels have the best traction.

Both models now come with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Audi says that fuel efficiency has been very significantly improved this year, with gains of 12 percent for the W12 model and 15 percent with the V8. Fuel economy ratings are up to 17 mpg city, 27 highway for the V8 models.

The A8 is a very large sedan, but it handles like a smaller, more nimble sport sedan, thanks to its air suspension system, which comes with three modes: Comfort, Dynamic and Auto. Dynamic not only firms up the suspension and steering feel but also makes the accelerator pedal a little more responsive. The new A8 is built on a version of the aluminum Audi Space Frame, which helps keep weight down yet enhances rigidity, for a smooth more refined ride and crisper handling response.

A8L models are about five inches longer than the standard-wheelbase A8, with most of that length going to backseat legroom. The A8's very spacious and luxurious cabin includes supple leather upholstery with trims and inlays that include wood veneers, aluminum and padded leather. The new instrument panel design has an especially wide, flat center console and the shift lever has been modeled after the throttle control on yachts. On the outside, the A8 includes the first full LED lamp system--including high and low headlight beams, parking lamps, and cornering lamps--of any new car.

Top driver-assistance technology options include adaptive cruise control (with a stop-and-go function), night vision assistant with pedestrian detection, Audi lane assist and Audi side assist. There's also a new Audi braking guard system, which warns the driver of obstacles or hazards ahead and will sound a warning and prime the brakes. Automatic emergency braking will even deliver strong braking when it's determined that a collision is unavoidable to help lessen its severity. Audi Pre Sense also helps reduce the severity of a crash by readying vehicle safety systems, adjusting seats to an ideal position, closing the sunroof and windows, and stiffening the suspension.

Also included in the new A8 is an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system, now making 1400 watts and, as Audi puts it, "a theater-like sound experience." The new navigation system also draws input from Google Maps and has an improved look.

To help manage all the onboard technology, Audi has installed a next-generation version of its Multi-Media Interface (MMI). A new MMI Touch function lets you write out letters on a touchpad for entering navigation destinations, enter numbers for radio functions, flip through album covers for the MP3 library, or use it as a pointer for map functions.

Model News

Audi's flagship A8 large luxury sedan is all-new for 2011, with new engines, a slightly longer cabin for more interior space, more options for traditional luxury-car comfort, and of course various technological advances--including a stiffer, lightweight body; reduced fuel consumption; a reconfigured, more performance-oriented version of quattro all-wheel drive. Several new driver-safety systems such as night vision and automatic emergency braking have been included for 2011.


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Preview ImageManufacturer's Color Code
Manufacturer color code T9T9
Manufacturer color code T2T2
Manufacturer color code 7X7X
Manufacturer color code L8L8
Manufacturer color code 4J4J
Manufacturer color code Q4Q4
Manufacturer color code P5P5
Manufacturer color code 3G3G
Manufacturer color code 4N4N


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score4
EPA ClassificationLarge


DrivetrainAll-Wheel Drive
Trans Type8
Trans Description Cont.Automatic
First Gear Ratio (:1)4.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)3.14
Third Gear Ratio (:1)2.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)1.67
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)1.29
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1)3.32
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)3.20
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)0.84
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)0.67
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy23 MPG
Cruising Range - City380.80 mi
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City16 MPG
Fuel Economy Est-Combined18 MPG
Cruising Range - Hwy547.40 mi
EPA MPG Equivalent - CityN/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - HwyN/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - CombinedN/A
Battery RangeN/A
Engine TypeGas V8
Fuel SystemSFI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM372 @ 6800
SAE Net Torque @ RPM328 @ 3500
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)190
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity12.0 qts


Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity5
Passenger Volume106.8 ft³
Front Head Room37.2 in
Front Leg Room41.4 in
Front Shoulder Room59.1 in
Front Hip RoomN/A
Second Head Room39.1 in
Second Leg Room42.9 in
Second Shoulder Room57.8 in
Second Hip RoomN/A
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase122.9 in
Length, Overall207.4 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors76.7 in
Height, Overall57.9 in
Track Width, Front64.7 in
Track Width, Rear64.4 in
Min Ground Clearance4.72 in
Liftover HeightN/A
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume14.6 ft³


Weight Information
Base Curb WeightN/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.N/A
Suspension Type - FrontAdaptive Air
Suspension Type - RearAdaptive Air
Shock Absorber Diameter - FrontN/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - RearN/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - FrontN/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - RearN/A
Front Tire SizeP255/45R19
Rear Tire SizeP255/45R19
Spare Tire SizeN/A
Front Wheel Size19 x 8.5 in
Rear Wheel Size19 x 8.5 in
Spare Wheel Size19 x -TBD- in
Front Wheel MaterialAlloy
Rear Wheel MaterialAlloy
Spare Wheel MaterialAlloy
Steering TypePwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall16.1
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)2.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb41.7 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to WallN/A
Brake TypePwr
Brake ABS System4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line)N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or )Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness14.2 x 1.34 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness12.2 x 0.87 in
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx23.8 gal
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, ApproxN/A

Warranty Information

4 Years/50,000 Miles

4 Years/50,000 Miles

12 Years/Unlimited Miles

Roadside Assistance:
4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Rebate Information

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