There's a new class of flagship. As the finest sedan to wear the four rings, the Audi A8 represents a step up in class.
might seem like we work unceasingly to deliver innovative luxury
performance, but even Audi engineers believe in a little downtime. Well,
in a manner of speaking. That's why we did something unexpected in our
4.0 TFSI® biturbo V8 - by adapting to your drive, we let some of our
cylinders take a little break. Our Cylinder on Demand™ engine efficiency
technology allows the A8 to operate with only four cylinders when the
driving situation doesn't require all eight. When you need the power of
all eight cylinders, they are there, automatically and instantaneously.
When traffic slows to a halt, or you're the only one on the road, smart
technologies help save fuel that doesn't need to be burned.
Suddenly discovering the sizzling side of efficiency.
it comes to engines, luxury performance has often meant excess?big
engines, awash in displacement statistics, obsessed with the number of
horses they spit out. Sure, numbers matter, but Audi would like to give
you a different perspective, with more-efficient engines that will
really surprise you. New for 2013, the A8 features a supercharged
3.0-liter TFSI® V6 that expresses itself powerfully off the line and
accelerates just as quickly as vehicles with larger engines.2 And with a
lighter engine, even handling is improved due to less weight on the
front axle. If efficiency doesn't hint of performance, consider how the
3.0-liter TFSI engine is capable of producing 333 hp and an inspiring
325 lb-ft of torque. In essence, we've taught excess and efficiency to
learn to love how they make each other feel. But the most important part
of progressive luxury is putting you in charge of what you drive.
Eight-speed Automatic Tiptronic® Transmission
Audi A8 features an eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission, a
technical tour de force combining a range of ratios to match whatever
the road throws at you. This wide spread of ratios between first and
eighth gear not only helps reduce fuel consumption, but is flexible
enough to deliver everything from sporty acceleration to smooth
quattro® with Available Sport Rear Differential
all-wheel drive systems are not created equal. And they certainly don't
perform that way, either. quattro is essentially a mechanical system
devised around a torque-sensing, self-locking, center differential that
shifts torque instantaneously to where it's needed. This means quattro
is adjusting power between front and rear axles more than 100 times a
second, helping ensure torque is delivered to the wheels where traction
exists. Under normal driving situations, quattro distributes the power
between each axle by sending 40 percent to the front wheels and 60
percent to the rear wheels, enhancing the driving dynamics while helping
maintain optimum control. Constantly assessing grip, quattro ensures
the best possible combination of traction and handling, regardless of
the road conditions.
with Sport Rear Differential additionally senses which rear wheel to
deliver an optimum level of torque. Specifically, it directs most of the
power to the outer rear wheel to help steer the car through the corner.
This reduces understeer, common among other all-wheel drive systems,
and creates the true sportscar handling found in an Audi.
Aluminum ASF® technology
and rigid, the revolutionary aluminum ASF® technology offers
class-leading weight savings - a benefit you will notice in the overall
efficiency, enhanced performance and remarkable handling. It is why you
can apply the words "precise" and "graceful" to a vehicle this powerful
is further increased by Servotronic® speed sensitive steering. The
dynamic technology of this steering system varies the power assistance
based on vehicle speed. At low speeds, the steering operates with a high
degree of power assist and the steering is extremely direct, requiring
minimal turns of the wheel from lock to lock. It is these flawless
shifts of Servotronic® that add an extra layer of performance to the A8.
Audi drive select
Audi technology flourishes with hundreds available vehicle handling and
performance combinations thanks to Audi drive select. Whether you
prefer the smooth, luxurious ride of Comfort mode or the more direct and
firmer responses of Dynamic mode, Audi drive select allows you to
tailor the vehicle to your liking. The result is a driving experience
that ensures your A8 always performs to your preferences.
Adaptive air suspension
handling is even more evolved with the standard adaptive air
suspension. It's designed to react to driving forces nearly
instantaneously producing a comfortable, responsive ride in any driving
condition. Additionally, body roll and pitch are reduced by increasing
damping through corners and under braking, resulting in a composed and
responsive ride. For optimal personalization, adaptive air suspension
offers four modes to select from, Auto, Dynamic, Comfort, and Lift.
Depending on the mode and vehicle speed, the suspension can lower the
body up to 1".
new A8 has a braking system that is carefully engineered for maximum
heat dissipation and low weight. All four discs are internally
ventilated, with stainless steel pins connecting the front friction
plates and brake pistons made from aluminum. This sport-inspired concept
is new to the luxury class and saves up to 10.5 lbs. per wheel, and
makes the brakes less sensitive to fading under extreme lead. The wheel
range also underscores the powerful character of the new Audi A8, with
the 4.2 FSI running on light-weight 19" alloys wrapped in all season