2011 Audi A8 Revealed
Audi's flagship gets a new face.
The slick new bodywork gives the megasedan a serious edge in efficiency, with a drag coefficient of just 0.26. Throw in a revised version of the 4.2-liter V8 engine found in the current A8, and Audi says fuel economy is up by nearly 15 percent. All those extra miles per gallon don’t come at the cost of power, though; the 8-cylinder engine will put out 372 horses and will be coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission. So how did Audi do it? Part of the more-power-plus-better-fuel-economy equation includes the company’s aluminum space frame construction, which reduces weight while maintaining rigidity. (In addition, there's also word the U.S. may finally see a diesel or hybrid version soon, which would likely further bump up the mpg.)
Audi is also proud of the A8’s new standard LED daytime running lights and advanced touchpad-based multimedia interface system. Inside, there’s enough space for several defensive tackles to cruise comfortably, and materials continue to hold up Audi’s reputation for quality. The company isn’t putting a price tag on the new 4-door just yet, but we’re guessing it will stick fairly close to the current model's price of $74,550.
(Photo courtesy of Audi.)
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