The Audi A8 was first introduced in 1988 as the Audi V8. This all-wheel-drive saloon did not enjoy immediate sales, so Audi had to replace it with a sleeker looking model, the A8. With technology, looks, and size on its side, this winnder combination lasted in the market for eight years.
Drivers and riders of the Audi A8 will not be disappointed by this car’s performance. Its petrol and diesel engines are V6s and V8s, but there’s also the option of using a hybrid made up of an electric motor and a four-cylinder petrol engine. All these engines sport an eight-speed automatic gearbox. We recommend getting the 3.0 TDI diesel for its lower power, similarity to the hybrid, and front-wheel drive. Other range options have four-wheel drive. You don’t have to worry about the other engines having less power—they all still manage to give you quick modes of travel.
There are ten options when it comes to the A8 engine range: petrols go from the 2.8 FSI, 3.0-litre, 3.2 FSI, 4.2-litre, 3.7 litre, and 4,2 FSI. Higher mileage drivers might prefer the diesels over these options, as the options are either the 4.2 TDI or the 3.0 TDI.
The Audi A8 boasts of a lighter structure from its aluminum spaceframe. According to Audi, this material is much lighter than conventional steel and more practical in terms of manufacturing processes. Despite the lighter frame, the aluminum alloys provide a 25 percent larger rigidity. There’s only a 50kg weight addition to the previous generation; a small weight gain considering everything else that has been added.
This lighter frame houses a multi-link suspension on both ends, along with an electronic damper control and standard air springing. You can also add dynamic steering, depending on the ratios you will need for your journey. Other optional features you can include is the night vision camera for recognizing pedestrians and a sunroof for circulating cool air while the engine is off. In terms of external additions, the Audi A8 has horizontal chrome strips on it grille and radar sensors. Those who want their cars to be distinguished by a touch of style will appreciate this addition.
The interior packs as much style and grace as the exterior. The Audi A8 interior boasts of glossy polished wood combined with brushed aluminum. In terms of driving functions, however, the A8 doesn’t disappoint. The driving position has the appropriate distance from all the other controls and has access to a visibility that goes beyond initial expectations.
But navigating through controls and specific features could be troubling for some. As the interior attempts to package entertainment, information, navigation, and communication systems all in one go, drivers and riders may not be sure where to start while using their car.
Unfortunately even the Audi A8 and its long-wheelbase model can’t be counted among the most spacious luxury cabins. Tall adults will have some trouble fitting through the rear seats as the headroom is limited and the knee room marginal in size. Consumers will have to consider their height and seeing how they fit in before making the big investment.
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