V6, 4.2l V8, 6l W12
(from Audi Press
Release) Sporty luxury and exemplary efficiency
New A8 2.8 FSI
offers the lowest CO2 emissions in its class
enhancements across the model series
A new driving
experience in one of the world's quietest cars
The Audi A8 not only
offers the sportiest performance of any luxury-class saloon, it also
stands out as a model of efficiency. A particularly outstanding
example is the new A8 2.8 FSI: superlative performance and excellent
comfort make it a joy to drive. But at the same time, with a
standard fuel consumption of 8.3 l/100 km, its CO2 emissions of 199
g/km are the lowest in its class.
The new A8 model series features major advancements across the
range, which includes the top models Audi A8 W12 and Audi S8, and
offers a new driving feel whilst building on traditional strengths.
An even more precise driving feel, even better ride and acoustic
comfort, and subtle refinements to the exterior and interior serve
to strengthen the special status of Audi's flagship model.
Unique character – consistently
To achieve this, many
aspects have been refined in the unique blend of sportiness,
elegance, supreme control and sophistication that forms the Audi A8
character. For instance, the more direct steering and re-engineered
running gear have produced even more exact handling. Overall
travelling comfort has also been enhanced by the modified adaptive
air suspension and extensive improvements to noise insulation. These
make the Audi A8 one of the world's quietest and most comfortable
The new assistance systems Audi lane assist and Audi side assist
promise to make life easier for the driver and considerably enhance
safety, especially on long journeys. Their tasks are to alert the
driver if the car begins to drift out of its lane and to warn of
vehicles in the adjacent lane.
Luxurious, sporty motoring with
low fuel consumption
The 2.8 FSI impressively
demonstrates how well the Audi A8 combines luxurious, sporty
motoring with high efficiency and low fuel consumption. Its
efficiency nevertheless comes with exciting performance, as the new
high-tech V6 engine produces 154 kW / 210 bhp and delivers its
maximum torque of 280 newton metres over the broad rev band of 3,000
to 5,000 rpm. With acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.0 seconds
and a maximum speed of 238 km/h, the Audi A8 2.8 FSI is an
effortlessly powerful performer.
High-tech engine with lightweight
Thanks to its
state-of-the-art engine and an exceptionally low vehicle weight of
only 1,690 kilograms, the A8 2.8 FSI has a standard fuel consumption
of just 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres. That is equivalent to CO2
emissions of 199 grams per kilometre – the lowest value of any
luxury-class car. Here the dual benefits of low vehicle weight –
thanks to lightweight aluminium design based on Audi Space Frame
technology – and low wind resistance make themselves felt, in both
excellent performance and equally good fuel economy.
The new six-cylinder engine demonstrates "Vorsprung durch Technik"
with FSI petrol direct injection and the innovative Audi valvelift
system. This new technology adjusts the valve lift, varying it
between two levels. The Audi valvelift system uses sliding cam units
mounted on the intake camshaft, which are moved by an electronic
control mechanism. Depending on the engine power demand, the valves
are opened wide or less wide as determined by the position of the
The advantage: the required quantity of fresh charge can be very
efficiently controlled via the valve opening. Most of the time, the
throttle valve remains fully open, thus substantially reducing
throttle loss. In combination with a series of additional measures
to reduce friction on numerous components, the Audi valvelift system
reduces fuel consumption by ten percent.
High power transmission comfort
with athletic qualities
The new A8 2.8 FSI is
equipped with front wheel drive and the multitronic continuously
variable automatic transmission. The multitronic not only offers
unmatched power transmission comfort with fully jolt-free
acceleration, its tall overall gear ratios make for very
fuel-efficient motoring. Nevertheless, the seven fixed ratios
available in manual mode reveal its thoroughly athletic qualities.
In Germany the Audi A8 2.8 FSI with its extensive standard equipment
costs from 61,900 euros incl. VAT.
The A8 impressively
embodies the progressiveness of the Audi brand: its extremely rigid
lightweight body based on the Audi Space Frame principle, the
powerful FSI and TDI engines, quattro permanent four-wheel drive and
the highly acclaimed MMI operating system are a few of the elements
that demonstrate Audi's impressive "Vorsprung durch Technik" in the
The character of the Audi A8 is formed by a synthesis of dynamic and
agile performance and exceptionally refined ride and acoustic
comfort. While setting new standards with its agility and steering
precision, the A8 displays handling with definite sports car
qualities. Even long journeys are both relaxing and pleasurable.
To underscore the unique character of this luxury saloon, Audi has
further enhanced the two major strengths of the A8. The
rack-and-pinion steering with variable steering ratio and
servotronic speed-dependent power assistance has been optimised and
engineered for a more direct feel. The dampers, supports and tuning
of the adaptive air suspension have been revised. As a result, the
A8 shows an even more spontaneous response to steering input,
tightly follows winding country roads and effortlessly maintains a
smooth straight line at high speeds.
Air suspension with even more
Gains in performance and
handling are matched by those in ride comfort: the
standard-specification adaptive air suspension is now even more
sensitive in responding to fine bumps. The electronically controlled
variable dampers are now fitted with new seals to reduce friction.
These are combined with new valves that have optimised
characteristic curves, and the entire hydraulics have also been
retuned. The A8 absorbs expansion joint grooves with supple ease and
without even the hint of a vibration. With the addition of an
insulation package to reduce rolling noise and road noise, the
luxury saloon from Audi offers outstanding comfort.
Even the complete
acoustics of the A8 have been optimised with the use of innovative
materials – after all, Audi approaches noise insulation as a
component of its intelligent lightweight construction. The result:
without gaining weight, the Audi A8 achieves the lowest rolling,
road and ambient noise levels in its class. Being one of the
quietest cars in the world is an important element of the relaxing
long-distance comfort that is a hallmark of the Audi A8.
Assistance systems bring comfort
Drivers of the Audi A8
can rely on the support of the most up-to-date assistance systems.
They serve to enhance comfort and combat driver fatigue on long
journeys, thus making an important contribution to safety. The new
Audi side assist in the A8 makes use of intelligent radar
The system is especially designed for lane-changing manoeuvres and
warns the driver of dangerous situations: whenever there is another
vehicle in the critical zone, a yellow LED display in the exterior
mirror housing lights up and remains on.
If the driver of the A8 activates the indicator to change lane even
though the warning display is lit up, the LEDs become brighter and
flash more quickly at shorter intervals. This signal is almost
impossible to miss as the peripheral vision of the human eye is
extremely sensitive to changes in contrast.
Audi lane assist warns the driver to prevent an unintentional
departure from the lane. A small camera positioned above the
interior mirror on the windscreen observes the road ahead of the car
and a high-speed computer detects the lane marking lines. If the
driver moves towards one of these lines without indicating, Audi
lane assist makes the driver aware of this by a vibration in the
Still a step ahead in the luxury
The clear and
progressive design idiom of the Audi A8 stands out for its timeless
quality. The exterior design has thus only been accentuated at
carefully chosen points – from the modified single-frame grille and
new exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals to the new wheel
designs and LED tail lights with their innovative night design. To
complete the range, the A8 is available in new paint finishes and
with sophisticated aluminium trim inserts plus new interior colour
schemes and inlays.
The Audi A8 thus resolutely continues its progress on the road to
success. With sales of over 100,000 vehicles so far, the current
model has already exceeded the total sales volume of its
predecessor. And it is continuing to make gains year by year in a
market segment that has remained flat overall. How come? Because the
A8 steadily attracts customers from other brands with its clear
character, while at the same time product loyalty and repurchase
rates among A8 drivers are above average.