The A8 L is Audi’s flagship – and its equipment underscores this standing. A broad range of high-end features are already standard on this luxury sedan.
In the case of the engines, there is the recuperation system, the thermal management and the start-stop system for the 3.0 TDI. The eight-speed tiptronic can be shifted using paddles on the steering wheel, and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the sport differential (in the 4.2 TDI) provide the ultimate in traction and stability.
In terms of running gear, the A8 L's special standing is embodied by Audi drive select. This system integrates the adaptive air suspension and active shock absorber control. The xenon plus headlights, the LED tail lights, the Audi pre sense basic system and the anti-theft alarm system serve safety and security. The adaptive restraint system, the tire pressure monitoring system, the Isofix fixtures for attaching child safety seats and the windshield made of composite safety glass round out the package.
Comfort is another major domain of the new Audi A8 L. The luxury sedan sports a number of fine features – a sunroof, a self-closing trunk, power-folding side mirrors, cruise control, power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar support, leather seat coverings, a two-zone automatic climate control system, a power-adjustable steering column, LED interior lights, an electromechanical parking brake, a start-stop button and power sunblinds in the back. Ergonomic highlights include standard solutions such as the MMI operating system with the eight-inch monitor, the driver information system with its separate display and the multifunction steering wheel.
High-tech: optional extras
The new A8 L also leads the competition with respect to optional extras. Noteworthy extras in the area of dynamics are the sport differential, the dynamic steering, the adaptive air suspension sport and the ceramic brakes, which will be made available at a later time. Wheels are available in sizes up to 21 inches.
The innovative LED headlights (standard in the W12) give the large sedan an unmistakable appearance, and also come with the high-beam assistant. The adaptive light option with continuous headlight range control are the ideal complement to the xenon plus headlights.
In matters of safety, Audi offers a choice of three special levels of its new pre sense technology. These are coupled with the assistance systems adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and Audi side assist. Audi lane assist, the parking assistance systems, the night vision assistant with its marking of detected pedestrians and the speed limit display also serve the driver’s safety and convenience.
Practical everyday features include the luggage compartment package for the trunk, the load-through hatch with ski bag and the power trunk lid (standard in the W12). There is power-assisted closing for the doors (standard in the W12) and noise-insulating glass for the side windows (standard in the W12). There is also a solar sunroof and a panorama glass roof.
The range of luxurious optional extras is particularly broad. These include the deluxe center armrest up front, the convenience key for convenient vehicle access (standard in the W12), the four-zone automatic climate control system (standard in the W12 and with certain equipment packages), the auxiliary heating system, the heated steering wheel rim (standard in the W12) and the elegant ambient lighting package (standard in the W12).
Luxurious: the seating choices
You can’t drive well if you don’t sit well, which is why Audi also offers numerous options in this area. The deluxe seats for the driver and front passenger feature 22-way adjustments. Options include heating, ventilation, a five-program massage function and a version with a sporty look.
A seat with three seating positions is available as an option for the rear. Two are comfortable, power-adjustable and heated individual seats. The passenger seat can be moved from the back seat. This option can be paired with an optional continuous, elegantly styled center console with large storage compartments. Audi also offers ventilation and massage functions for the individual rear seats, plus two different types of fold-out tables and a cool box. The high-end solution is the relaxation seat with a power footrest. It comes complete with every available luxury option, plus a rear seat entertainment system.
The new A8 L also leads the way in navigation and infotainment systems. The MMI navigation plus (standard in the W12) has the data on the road ahead and forwards these to the control units for the transmission, the headlights and the ACC stop & go. Destinations can be entered using MMI touch – a solution with which Audi once again sets new standards.
Three sound systems, including a top-end system from Bang & Olufsen, spoil the ears with premium sound. The new A8 L even has innovative technologies for using Internet services. It is the first car in the world to be available from the factory with an optional WLAN hotspot.
Drivers of luxury sedans are frequently dedicated individualists, and Audi has developed a wide range of interior colors, upholsteries and inlays just for them. The two Audi design selection versions impress with particularly exclusive combinations and a variety of optional packages with leather, Alcantara and decorative applications.
The Audi A8 L will be rolling into showrooms toward the end of the year. The 3.0 TDI is priced at €79,900; the 3.0 TFSI at €80,400. The 4.2 FSI costs €94,300 and the 4.2 TDI €95,800. The top model, the opulently equipped W12, costs €137,000.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.