Audi A8

The Audi A8, the flagship of the Audi product line, is a luxury all-wheel drive, four-door sedan that holds four or five passengers comfortably. It was first introduced in the United States in 1994 and is now in its fourth generation. US News and World Report magazine ranks the Audi A8 #4 in its super luxury cars category. They cite the vehicle's comfortable seating and ample rear legroom, quiet interior and fuel efficiency among its best features.


What Are the Engine Options on the 2018 Audi A8?

Buyers have a choice of a turbocharged and inter-cooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6 engine (335 hp) and a twin-turbocharged and inter-cooled DOHC 32-valve 4.0-liter V-8 engine (460 hp). Both engines get an electric assist from Audi's unique alternator, which doubles as a starter. A full hybrid, plug-in engine will be an option on the 2019 model.


What is the transmission in the Audi A8?

The Audi A8 is equipped with an automatic 8-speed transmission with a manual shifting option.


What type of gas mileage does the Audi A8 get?

According to the EPA, the Audi A8 gets between 17 and 20 mpg in the city and between 27 and 30 mpg on the highway.


What Are Some of the Safety Features on the Audi A8?

The Audi A8 is equipped with a rear back-up camera as well as front and rear parking sensors. Other optional safety items include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and Audi Pre Sense (a front collision warning system). Like most luxury cars, the Audi A8 does not undergo safety testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


What Are Some of the Interior Highlights of the Audi A8?

The interior of the Audi A8 features roomy, leather, heated power seats; a heated steering wheel; a sunroof; a quad-zone climate control system and an in-dash navigation system.


What Colors Are Available for the Audi A8?

The 2018 Audi A3 comes in seven colors, including two shades of black, two shades of white, gray, blue and silver. For the interior, buyers have the option of black, brown or beige.


What Trim Packages Are Offered on the Audi A8?

The Audi A8 comes in just two configurations, the L3.0 T and the L4.0 Sport, with the primary difference being the different size of the engine. The Executive Package includes 20-inch alloy wheels, a full suite of driver assistance technology, ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof and an upgraded steering wheel with paddle shifters. The Black Optics packages adds 21-inch alloy wheels, a chrome rearview mirror and chrome side mirrors.


What About Entertainment Options?

The Audi A8 comes with a 14-speaker BOSE audio system, an in-dash DVD player, satellite radio and HD radio as well as Bluetooth and iPod integration. Options include a 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens.


What Are Some of the Audi A8's Specs?

The Audi A8 has a wheelbase of 122.9 inches and is 207.4 inches long, 76.7 inches wide and 57.9 inches high. This vehicle weighs 4,464 pounds, has six airbags and will go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds (with the 4.0-liter engine).


What's Coming Up in the New Audi A8 model?

The 2019 Audi A8 is going to be completely redone. Buyers will have an option of choosing a hybrid engine and a truly active suspension system as well as Traffic Jam Assist, a patented Audi hands-free driving system that works in speeds up to 37 mph (where such driving systems are legal).


How Much Does the Audi A8 Cost?

The manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) of the 2018 Audi A8 is $89,000 with the 3.0-liter engine and $99,000 with the 4.0-liter engine. Audi includes a four-year/50,000-mile warranty with the A8. MSRP for the 2019 model begin at $84,795.

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