Nearly all of the Audi A8's exterior panels and its frame are made of aluminum, making the expansive Audi one of the lighter rides in the class, even with the standard Quattro system that proves beneficial for the handling as well as the fuel economy. The A8 is available with a choice of two forced induction engines, a 3.0-Litre V6 that produces 333 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 328 lb-ft of torque at 2,900 rpm, and the 520 horsepower S8 for people who enjoy the power acceleration offers.
More power can be had by stepping up to the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, which is good for 435 horsepower and 444 lb-ft of torque. The engines pair with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The A8 also now comes with a single-frame grille, LED-accentuated headlights, and stylishly arched side windows. A standard fitting in the Audi A8 is a full air suspension which contributes to the extreme comfort of the ride and also gives unusually deft handling.
The Stately Laid out Interior
Top quality materials have been used for the Audi A8 interior layout. Five people can sit in comfort in the heated, ventilated, and massaging front and rear seats. There is plenty of room for leg-stretching, as well as an array of optional luxuries to experience in this stately cabin. The A8 comes with four-zone automatic climate control, as well as a rear seat entertainment system with dual ten-inch screens, a 19-speaker 1200 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with speakers that rise from the dashboard on start-up.
Standard on all Audi A8's is dual front and front knee airbags, as well as front side, and full-length side curtain airbags. These come in addition to traction and stability control systems. Available safety measures include active lane assist, a feature that warns the driver when the car wanders into an adjacent lane. Audi Pre-sense detects obstacles in front of the A8 and applies the brakes to prevent a crash or to limit the severity of it. Audi side-assist alerts the driver when another vehicle is in an A8 blind spot. The stand-alone options include night vision assistant with Pedestrian and animal detection. There is also a cold weather package that besides a heated steering wheel and rear seats has a rear seat pass-through with ski bag. A warm weather package has power rear sunshades and four-zone automatic climate control.