Audi A8 Review & Ratings
- 16 September 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Audi A8 is a 4-door full-size luxury sedan that is produced and marketed by German carmaker Audi. Production of this feel commenced in 1994 and it was the model that succeeded the Audi V8. This vehicle is currently in its third generation and comes with front and all-wheel drive as well as long-wheelbase versions. The first two generations of the A8 used the Volkswagen Group D platform, and the most recent one uses the MLB platform. After this original version of the A8 was released in 1994, a second generation was launched in 2002 with the third and current generation launching in 2009.
This vehicle is recognized as being the very first mass-manufactured car with an aluminum chassis, and every model of the A8 has used this construction. There was also a high-performance version of this vehicle that was introduced in 1996 under the name “Audi S8”, and it came with quite a few mechanical upgrades and was manufactured only at Audi’s Neckarsulm plant. Unlike the donor A8 model of this vehicle, the S8 is available in only a short-wheelbase version and comes with Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel drive system.
The A8 was introduced to the public and displayed in February of 1994 at the Geneva Auto Show. Full-scale production of this vehicle started in June of 1994. The 1997 version of this vehicle was made available with front-wheel drive or Torsen-based Quattro permanent 4-wheel drive. All of the FWD models use a 2.8-liter V6 engine which is capable of producing up to 142 kilowatts or 190 bhp and a 3.7-liter V8 engine which can produce up to 171.5 kilowatts or 230 bhp. The Quattro model uses a 4.2 liter V8 which can produce up to 220 kilowats or 295 bhp.
There are a number of standard luxury amenities that come with the A8, including wood and leather interior trim as well as dual-zone climate control, a BOS audio system, and 14-way power and heated seats. New colors were made available with the A8 series of vehicles in 1999 as well as a number of other options. One of these packages is the “warm weather package”, which includes a solar sunroof, allowing for better interior ventilation and keeping the temperature inside much cooler when it is parked without the engine running. The 1999 and 2000 model cars both came with some minor styling changes to the front-end as well as a revised grille and clear headlights.
The A8 L was first introduced to the public in 2010 in Auto China as well as the Taipei Motor Show in 2011 as the A8 L W12 Quattro. There were also some German models of this vehicle made available to the public for purchase in fall of 2010. Some of the earlier models of this vehicle include the 3.0 TFSI Quattro, the 4.2 FSI Quattro, and a W12 FSI Quattro. The Taiwan models of the A8 L first became available to the public in November of 2010 and Chinese models went on sale in early 2011.
The A8 hybrid, which was launched in 2012, features an electric motor which is rated at 40 kW or 54 PS and 210 N m or 155 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle also comes with 18” 10-spoke alloy wheels in a turbine blad design as well as LED headlights, a BOS sound system, and three-zone automatic air conditioning. The long wheelbase version of this vehicle was first displayed to the public in 2010 at the Beijing Auto Show. This hybrid was a definite change for Audi and immediately got the attention of the public with its sleek and innovative design.