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The Audi A8 L is the New Flagship of the Brand

Source: Audi | Published: Tue Aug 03, 2010

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A8's Timeless Elegance

The Audi A8 L is a sedan of classic, timeless elegance. Its body is an aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF), weighing about 40 percent less than a comparable steel structure. Audi offers optional LED headlights that use light emitting diodes for all light functions (standard with the W12). These represent a revolution in lighting technology with respect to both the technology and appearance.

The new A8 L is debuting with five engines: two TDI and three FSI gasoline units. All of the engines feature increased power and torque, while fuel consumption has improved considerably: by as much as 22 percent. This is due to Audi efficiency technologies such as the recuperation system and the innovative thermal management.

The engine lineup spans a wide range. It begins with two three-liter V6 units: a TDI with 250 hp and a TFSI producing 290 hp. The two V8 engines both have a displacement of 4.2 liters, with the TDI producing 350 hp and the FSI 372 hp. Topping the lineup is the W12, a gasoline engine with superior power and cultivation. It develops 500 hp from a displacement of 6.3 liters.

The transmission also plays a major role in the efficiency of the A8 L. The eight-speed tiptronic has a very high overall gear ratio and is controlled electronically using either the elegant selector lever or paddles on the steering wheel. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive has a distinctly sporty and rear-biased character. The optional sport differential dynamically distributes the forces between the rear wheels; this feature is standard with the A8 L 4.2 TDI.

The new A8 L offers both luxurious ride comfort and sporty handling. Its wheel control arms are made of aluminum. The adaptive air suspension with controlled damping is standard equipment and is integrated into the versatile Audi drive select dynamics system. The optional dynamic steering completes the range of chassis options.

The Audi A8 L will be rolling into showrooms toward the end of the year.

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