Another beautiful, luxury sedan produced by Audi is the Audi A8. A full size, 4 door sedan, it was first introduced in 1994, and is currently in its third generation since 2009. The Audi A8 succeeded the Audi V8 that for the first time used a V8 engine and combined a Quattro system with an automatic transmission. The Audi A8 L (long wheelbase) was made available in India from 2012 and it is the ultimate answer to the needs and comforts of the rich and famous.
As confident and beautiful as it looks out on the outside with an elongated body, it comes equally luxuriously strewn with comforts on the inside too. The LED band and the bold grille as always look classy and render a proud touch to the front of the car. There is an (optional) panoramic glass roof also. The body of the Audi A8 L is a space frame construction (Audi Space Frame- ASF) which is light, offers great freedom for design and allows better handling.
The inside of the Audi is all spacious and comfort personified. With perfectly placed push buttons laid out with superb styling, this car cabin is nothing less than opulence. The detailing gone into the interiors of this car is just amazing, whether it is the pop out footrest and an inbuilt massage function for the rear seat, a night vision camera installation or a two pin power socket for the rear passenger seat. Sheer brilliance!
The Audi A8 L comes in four variants:
• A8 L 4.2 FSI Quattro: A V8 cylinder petrol engine with direct fuel injection. It produces a power of 273 Kw @ 6800 rpm and a torque of 445 Nm @ 3500 rpm.
• A8 L 3.0 TDI Quattro: A V6 cylinder diesel engine with common rail injection system and exhaust gas turbocharging. It produces a power of 184 Kw @ 4000-4500 rpm and a torque of 550 Nm @ 1500-3000 rpm.
• A8 L 4.2 TDI Quattro: A V8 cylinder diesel engine with common rail injection system and exhaust gas turbocharging. It produces a power of 258 Kw @ 4000 rpm and a torque of 800 Nm @ 1750-2750 rpm.
• A8 L W12 Quattro: A W12 cylinder petrol engine. It produces a power of 368 Kw @ 6200 rpm and a torque of 625 Kw @ 4750 rpm
All these engines come with a combination of 8 speed tiptronic transmission. They also have a huge fuel tank capacity of approximately 90 litres. The vehicle also comes in a wide range of appealing colours such as Brilliant Black, Night Blue, Phantom Black, Ibis White, Ice Silver Metallic, Impala Beige, Quartz Grey, Emerald Black, Oolong Grey, Havanna Black and Glacier White. Exquisitely priced between 1.07 crores and 1.77 crores (Ex showroom price- Delhi), the Audi A8 L is the one of the most perfect sedans out there for the high and mighty buyers. The Audi A8 L has also won the Chauffer Car of the Year award in the UK thrice owing to its stupendous overall quality and flamboyance.
To sum it up, the Audi A8 L is a radiant example of amazing craftsmanship combined with performance. The little accurate detailing with which every aspect of the car has been handled, not only shows the brains but also the passion that has gone into the creation of this vehicle.