2008 Audi A8 | new car review

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 by

There’s a pretty good reason why it’s referred to as ’s ‘full-size flagship’ sedan. For one thing, the stretched wheelbase version adds up to more than ample legroom for passengers in the rear quarters. This is a genuine big sedan with the ability to provide acres of space with a driving sensation expected only from smaller, lithe cars.

Inside the cabin is where Audi is at its best. There is a perfect synthesis between technology and luxury, with nothing to overawe occupants or to let them feel short-changed. Undoubtedly, the A8 is a master class act in the large luxury segment. No wonder then, most manufacturers strive to get an Audiness to their products and this includes even luxury car makers.

The wide-ranging trim list includes leather and wood trim; options are many and include a convenience package and stand-alone options like a sunroof, front and rear Parktronic guidance, and different wheel and tyre packages.

The A8 models enjoy the widest range of powertrains that Audi has to offer. The 210hp FSI 2.8-litre and 255hp 3.2-litre V6 power the front wheel drive versions while the higher torque producing 350hp 4.2-litre V8, 450hp FSI 5.2-litre V10 and 450hp 6-litre W12 come in quattro versions. All engines are mated to six-speed electronic automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual shift modes.

There’s another fact worth noting about the when you consider its imposing size. It’s the first and only luxury car to be made totally of aluminium. This makes it 30 per cent lighter yet 40 per cent stronger than steel (and more durable, too). And lastly, the eco-friendly riding community will be glad to know that the A8 is fully recyclable.

Technical Specifications
Engine 2.8 ltr V6  3.2 ltr V6  4.2 ltr V8  6.0 ltr W12  5.2 ltr V10
Power 210bhp  260bhp  350bhp  450bhp  450bhp
Torque 280Nm  330Nm  440Nm  580Nm  540Nm
Transmission Auto  Auto  Auto  Auto  Auto
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 240000- upto 470000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.


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