No one comes close to German car manufacturers when it comes to producing luxury cars. No wonder then that the latest piece of luxury comes from another German car maker too. Yes, Audi recently presented the new top-end version of its flagship model A8 with long-wheelbase that sets new standards for luxury, dynamics and efficiency. The Audi A8 L will be rolled out towards the end of the year 2010.
The Audi A8 L will come in five different engine options including the powerful twelve-cylinder that can churn out an impressive 500 bhp. Then there are two three-litre V6 units: a TDI with 250 bhp and a TFSI producing 290 bhp.
Additionally there are two V8 engines, both with a displacement of 4.2 litres, the TDI producing 350 bhp and the FSI with 372 bhp. But the big daddy of all is the W12, a gasoline engine with superior power that develops 500 bhp with a displacement of 6.3 litres.
The efficiency of the A8 L has been enriched by the eight-speed tiptronic transmission, which has high overall gear ratios and can be controlled using either the selector lever or paddles on the steering wheel. The Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system gives a sporty nature to the car.
The Audi A8 L measures up to 5.27 meters, and is longer by about 13 centimetres compared to the standard version. Of course this move comes in the wake up increasing rear seat comforts. Talking about which, we can add that there are two power-adjustable and heated individual seats as an option for the rear, which can be paired with the optional continuous, elegantly-styled center console with large storage compartments. And the two individual seats can also be strapped with optional ventilation and massage functions.
The Audi A8 L also brings a number of multimedia modules, such as a high-end sound system from Bang & Olufsen and advanced online services. In fact, this is the first car in the world to come with an integrated WLAN hotspot. A UMTS module provides the connection to the Internet. A four-zone automatic climate control system enhanced the luxurious feel inside the car. And the multimedia interface includes a pioneering innovation, apart from the optional MMI navigation plus navigation system, it also has a touchpad.
Safety features in the Audi A8 L can work predictively and help the driver avoid accidents. Right from the pre sense safety system that can reduce the impact of accidents and their consequences, to night vision assistant, pedestrian detection system and speed limit display enhance the driver’s safety and convenience.
The Audi A8 L will be reaching the Indian market by this year end. And it is quite likely that it will be imported as a CBU. The Audi A8 ‘Luxury’ comes with a price to match. With the base variant, the 3.0 TDI, costing €79,900 and the top-end variant as much as €137,000, the car is as expensive as luxurious.