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2013 Audi A8 L

The Audi A8, the Audi A8 L, the Audi A8 L W12, the Audi A8 L Security and the Audi A8 hybrid

2013 Audi A8 L
The Audi A8 and the long-wheelbase A8 L are the sportiest luxury sedans in their class. The Audi flagship combines dynamic exterior design and sporty handling with supreme comfort & convenience equipment and an elegant interior. The Audi A8 boasts a lightweight aluminum body and powerful, highly efficient engines.2013 Audi A8 L
Body
The sporty, elegant and distinctive body of the Audi A8 is an aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF), with only the B-pillars made of ultra high-strength steel. At 231 kilograms (509.27 lb) in the A8 and 241 kilograms (531.31 lb) in the A8 L, the body is roughly 40 percent lighter than a comparable steel body while also impressing with high rigidity and excellent vibration comfort. It is an exemplary demonstration of Audi ultra-lightweight construction. The optional LED headlights are another high-end solution.

2013 Audi A8 L
Powertrain
With their impressive power, the six V6 and V8 engines in the Audi A8 and the Audi A8 L – all of which feature direct injection – provide for impressive performance. The 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) is the entry-level engine. It consumes just 6.0 liters per 100 km (39.20 ÚS mpg) in the EÚ driving cycle. The 4.2 TDI with 258 kW (350 hp) produces the most torque – 800 Nm (590.05 lb-ft). The 4.0 TFSI, which produces the most power at 309 kW (420 hp), is new to the lineup.


2013 Audi A8 L
Engine lineup:
•3.0 TFSI quattro with 213 kW (290 hp)
•4.0 TFSI quattro with 309 kW (420 hp)
•3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp)
•3.0 TDI quattro with 184 kW (250 hp)
•3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro with 184 kW (250 hp)
•4.2 TDI quattro with 258 kW (350 hp)

2013 Audi A8 L
The standard eight-speed tiptronic features closely-spaced gears while still featuring a wide spread for reduced fuel consumption. Its fully electronic control is operated via an elegant selector lever or the steering wheel paddles. The quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system is standard with almost every model. On request, the sport differential dynamically distributes the forces between the rear wheels; this feature is standard with the 4.2 TDI.


Chassis
The A8 simultaneously offers both luxurious ride comfort and sporty handling. The wheel control arms are made of aluminum. The brake discs measure up to 400 millimeters (15.75 in) in diameter, depending on the engine. The standard adaptive air suspension with variable damping is integrated into the Audi drive select dynamics system. It can be complemented with the optional dynamic steering.

Interior
The interior of the Audi A8 captivates with light and elegant lines, craftsman-like fit and finish, and extraordinary attention to the smallest of details. Audi offers the rear seat passengers the option of two power-adjustable and heated individual rear seats, which can be paired with the optional continuous center console. The individual seats can also be equipped with optional ventilation and massage functions, and features such as a folding table and a cool box make the passengers' stay even more enjoyable.

The Audi A8 L is 13 centimeters (5.12 in) longer than the standard version in both wheelbase and overall length. It is available with an optional relaxation seat with power footrest. A number of seating options are available, including the massage function and rear seat entertainment.

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 3.0 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 333 hp
Torque: 325 ft-lbs

Engine : 4.2 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 430 hp
Torque: 317 ft-lbs

Engine : 6.3 L., 12-cylinder
Power: 500 hp
Torque: 463 ft-lbs


8-speed Tiptronic
Equipment and trim
The optional control and navigation system MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is closely networked with many other systems in the vehicle. The radar-based adaptive cruise control with stop & go function works closely together with the Audi pre sense safety system. Further highlights include Audi side assist, the camera-based speed limit detection, Audi lane assist, the night vision assistant with highlighting of detected pedestrians and the parking system plus with 360° camera.


Audi also offers many attractive infotainment modules. The optional Bluetooth car phone online, an extension of MMI navigation plus, includes an integrated WLAN hotspot and delivers tailored Internet services from Audi connect to the car. The 19-speaker Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen offers the finest in hi-fi sound.

Audi A8 L W12
The Audi A8 L W12 tops the model series. It is powered by a supremely powerful gasoline engine that is unusually short and lightweight. The normally aspirated, 6.3 liter engine with direct injection produces 368 kW (500 hp) and 625 Nm (460.98 lb-ft) of torque, yet is extremely refined. The luxury sedan offers sporty performance. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) is completed in 4.7 seconds; the governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is just a formality.

The top model is generously equipped. Standard equipment includes MMI navigation plus with the Bluetooth car phone online, LED headlights, power-assisted closing for the doors, noise-insulating glass, the convenience key with sensor-controlled trunk lock, a four-zone automatic air conditioning system and individual seats in the back.

The Audi A8 L Security
The special security version of the long-wheelbase A8 meets the most stringent guidelines for civilian vehicles. A large number of special security features are available in addition to its strong armoring. Audi offers a choice of two engines for the A8 L Security – the 4.0 TFSI and the W12.

The Audi A8 hybrid
The drive system of the Audi A8 hybrid combines the best of two worlds. It has many features in common with the Audi A6 hybrid. The gasoline engine, a 2.0 TFSI, produces 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque while the electric motor produces 40 kW (54 hp) and 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft) of torque. Peak system power is 180 kW (245 hp) and 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft) of torque.

The two powerplants are mounted one directly behind the other and connected via a clutch. They deliver their power to the front wheels via a highly-modified eight-speed tiptronic. Energy storage is provided in the form of a lithium-ion battery with a nominal capacity of 1.3 kWh mounted in the back of the vehicle.

The luxury sedan can travel up to a speed of 100 km/h (62.14 mph) on electric power alone, and covers around three kilometers (1.86 miles) with zero local emissions at a speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph). It consumes just 6.3 liters per
100 km (37.34 ÚS mpg) in the standard cycle.

Source - Audi

Audi announces pricing and fuel economy for 2014 Audi A8 L TDI® clean diesel

- Pricing starts at $82,500 for the first ever 2014 Audi A8 L TDI® clean diesel with an EPA estimated fuel efficiency of 24 city/ 36 highway/ 28 combined MPG

The Audi A8 has set new standards for the luxury sedan in terms of interior and exterior design, technology, performance and efficiency. Now equipped with the new 3.0 liter TDI clean diesel engine, the 2014 Audi A8 L TDI represents a dramatic expansion of the flagship sedan and the first of four new TDI models to be introduced this year.

Starting at $82,500, the A8 L TDI clean diesel, with quattro® all-wheel drive, makes a powerful statement in achieving the best fuel economy in its segment with an EPA estimated 24/ 36/ 28 mpg (city/ highway/ combined), while at the same time generating an impressive 240 horsepower, 406 lb.-ft. of torque that seamlessly launches 0-60 MPH in 6.4 seconds.

For the 2014 Audi A8 L TDI, the package options were optimized to better reflect customer demand. The available Premium Package now consists of Audi side assist and pre sense rear, 22-way multi-contour comfort seats, font seat ventilation with massage and full LED headlights.

The A8 L TDI joins an expanding model line-up including the A8 3.0T, A8 4.0T, S8 4.0T and A8 W12. The A8 L TDI will be available in the long-wheelbase version only.


2013 Audi A8 LThe 2014 Audi A8 L TDI will go on sale in early Spring 2013. Additional 2014 model year information and pricing for other models will be announced at later in the year.

Source - Audi

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