2011 Audi A8 L Review

By on August 16, 2011
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3rd Gen Audi Flagship is full of win.

Good: Impeccable Interior, Perfect blend of Luxury/Sport Driving characteristics, Endless customization options.
Bad: The car’s optional extra’s make it great, skip those & you lose out.
Price: AED 350,000 as reviewed
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Flagships are typically the fastest, largest, most heavily armed ships in a battle. They also generally lead the charge on the enemy and – as a result have to look spectacularly awe-inspiring. So when Audi sat down to redesign their top-of-the-range-uber-luxury A8, they made sure it looked the part.

All your base are belong to us

Its titanic front grille looks like an incoming steam train – a steam train with a kajillion LED lights. The A8 is one of the first few cars on the planet to feature all-LED exterior lights and Audi has arranged them in the best way possible – to look like wingtips. Its looks are a topic of hot debate among car enthusiasts. Some say its meat-grinder front end is a little too ostentatious for a luxury car, while others rebuke that argument by pointing to the Rolls Royce Phantom. Love it or hate it, the A8 commands road presence; while test driving it – the sheer volume of traffic falling over itself to get out of my way, made me grin.

The car’s V8 engine puts out 372 BHP and displaces 4.2 liters. Torque figures stand at 445Nm @ 3,500RPM. Should you feel that’s not enough, there’s a 500BHP W12 version coming soon to the UAE. The V8 does 0-100 Kmph in a respectable 5.8 seconds. The W12 variant stomps those figures out at 4.7 seconds. The A8 also features Audi’s Quattro (4WD) system which splits torque 40/60 between the front & rear and comes standard with an adaptive air suspension. Despite its size, the A8 is surprisingly fuel efficient (thanks to its all-aluminum frame). It consumes 9.7liters/100Kms – that makes it as fuel efficient as some larger luxury hybrids such as the S-Class or the 7 Series.

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