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2011 Audi A8



2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8


Year (of specifications) 2011
Engine 4.2 litre V8
Transmission 8-speed tiptronic AWD
Max speed 155 mph
0-60 5.7 seconds
Horsepower 372 hp
weight -

The next generation of Audi A8, which was revealed in Miami on the 1st December 2009, represents the natural progression of Audi's flagship model. This is certainly not a revolutionary design.

In fact aside from the fancy LED daytime running lights and bigger single frame grille you'd be forgiven for confusing it with the previous generation - at least from the front view anyway. At the rear the changes are a little more obvious - with the taillights undergoing a redesign, and the tail section getting a sloping rear deck and shorter overhang. This is designed to give the A8 a more coupe-like profile. But is this what luxury executive car owners want? Personally I think the chunky and solid stance of the previous generation was more impressive.


Technology
One area the 3rd generation A8 excels, just like the previous models, is the technology and engineering packed within.

The all-aluminium monocoque chassis/body unit, called the Audi Space Frame (ASF), is both lightweight and strong. In its basic design the ASF body brings a latticed framework to mind. Its skeleton comprises extruded sections and pressure diecast parts of aluminum. The aluminum panels – such as the roof and the side panels – are joined by friction connections. Audi has substantially increased the strength of the higher-strength body components in the new A8, thereby significantly reducing both material thickness and weight.

Besides the low weight, the ASF body of the A8 also offers a torsional stiffness increase of 25 percent compared with the predecessor.

The full LED headlights offer a number of functional advantages in everyday situations. With a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin, their light resembles daylight and thus is much less tiring to the eyes. They also offer efficiency advantages. The low beams, for example, consume only 40 watts per unit, a bit less than the already highly efficient xenon plus headlights.


Interior
As you'd expect the interior is a nice place to be. With room for four people the interior offers a mixture of luxurious and high quality materials and the latest technology.

The driver information system (DIS), which serves as a fully fledged information and control center, has a new layout. Its center display has increased to a 7-inch diagonal, showing all functions according to an easily understandable concept. It is operated at the equally improved multifunction steering wheel.

The center tunnel in the 2011 A8 is wide and evenly inclined. As an ergonomically ideal control console, it contains the control panel for the automatic air conditioning and the terminal of the MMI control and multimedia system, now in a new version.

A new ambient lighting system adds extra drama to the interior at night. In Audi's own words; "The ambient light package is an emotional overall orchestration, providing effective illumination and making the center console seem to float. Many LEDs here are two-colored or three-colored – the color schemes of ivory, polar and ruby can be selected at the MMI. In other words, the same LEDs can change between two and three colors. "

The standard front seats feature 12-way electric adjustment. The comfort seats offer even more luxury with their 22-way adjustability, also incorporating the sides of the seats. Audi also offers optional seats with a sporty look and top-stitched diamond patterns. Three-staged ventilation is offered in addition to the heating. Another luxury extra is the pneumatic massage, in which twin air chambers pulsate in the backrest – the driver and front passenger can regulate them in five programs, with the intensity graduated in three stages.


Drivetrain
At it's unveiling Audi released information on the 4.2 litre V8 model. Although depending on your location a range of different petrol and diesel engines will be offered. Producing 372 horsepower and 445 Nm (328 lb-ft) of torque @ 3,500 rpm, the 4.2 litre V8 features direct fuel injection and uses 15% less fuel than the previous unit.

With this engine the 2011 A8 can hit 60mph in 5.7 seconds and go on to reach an electronically limited 155mph top speed.

The transmission is handled by a new 8-speed tiptronic system and permanent quattro AWD. A dynamic sport differential is also offered as an option.

The 8-speed tiptronic is a totally newly developed automatic transmission. Its great strength lies in the high overall gear ratio of 7.0:1 between the shortest and longest gear ratio, reducing the fuel consumption by about six percent.




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