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Segment: Upper Premium

A 4-door luxury sedan that won the hearts of many customers, the Audi A8 was redesigned for 2005.

A new,single-frame grille inspired by the Nuvolari quattro concept, a revised interior for greater comfort and safety and new, more powerful engines with lower CO2 emissions - all were part of the new A8.

Both a short and a long wheelbase were offered, with the latter offering great comfort for the passengers in the rear seats.

The long wheelbase version was with 5.1 inches longer and heavier than the other, and wasn’t as easy to drive around town.

The A8 had an elegant look that didn’t shout any of the power given by the impressive engines.

The A8 came with several engine options: a 3.0-liter TDI that was the most recommended for its durability and power, a 3.2-liter V6, a 4.2-lite V8 with stronger performances and two powerful and refined 4.2-liter V8 and 6.0-liter V12 powerplants, the latter developing 450 hp.

A 4-wheel-drive system was offered and the power was transmitted to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The sedan came with air suspension that contributed to the comfortable rides the A8 offered.

The cabin of the A8 was refined, with great quality materials used all across. Leather upholstery was standard.

The car’s functions could be accessed by using the rotary switch between the seats.

Great trunk size was also part of the expensive deal.

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AUDI A8 (D3f) 2005 - 2009
  3 gasoline engines
  • 3.2L FSI CVT (260 HP)
  • 4.2L V8 FSI Quattro 6AT (350 HP)
  • 6.0L W12 Quattro 6AT (450 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 3.0L TDI Quattro 6AT (233 HP)
  • 4.2L TDI Quattro 8AT (326 HP)

AUDI A8 (D3f) 3.2L FSI CVT (260 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.2L FSI CVT (260 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3123 cm3
Power
191 KW @ 6500 RPM
260 HP @ 6500 RPM
256 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
243 lb-ft @ 3250 RPM
329 Nm @ 3250 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155.3 mph (250 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Multitronic Transmission (CVT)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55 R17 99Y
DIMENSIONS
Length
199.3 in (5062 mm)
Width
74.6 in (1895 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.1/63.6 in (1,628/1,615 mm)
Wheelbase
121 in (3073 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3725 lbs (1690 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5048 lbs (2290 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.1 mpg US (14.6 L/100Km)
Highway
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
237 g/km

AUDI A8 (D3f) 4.2L V8 FSI Quattro 6AT (350 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2L V8 FSI Quattro 6AT (350 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4163 cm3
Power
257 KW @ 6800 RPM
349 HP @ 6800 RPM
345 BHP @ 6800 RPM
Torque
325 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
440 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155.3 mph (250 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
199.3 in (5062 mm)
Width
74.6 in (1895 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.1/63.6 in (1,628/1,615 mm)
Wheelbase
121 in (3073 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3968.3 lbs (1800 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5291 lbs (2400 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15 mpg US (15.7 L/100Km)
Highway
28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)
Combined
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
259 g/km

AUDI A8 (D3f) 6.0L W12 Quattro 6AT (450 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.0L W12 Quattro 6AT (450 HP)
Cylinders
W12
Displacement
5998 cm3
Power
331 KW @ 6200 RPM
450 HP @ 6200 RPM
444 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
428 lb-ft @ 4000-4700 RPM
580 Nm @ 4000-4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155.3 mph (250 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/40 R19 99Y
DIMENSIONS
Length
204 in (5182 mm)
Width
74.6 in (1895 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.1/63.6 in (1,628/1,615 mm)
Wheelbase
121 in (3073 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.5 cuFT (496 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4321.8 lbs (1960 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5534.6 lbs (2510 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11 mpg US (21.4 L/100Km)
Highway
21.8 mpg US (10.8 L/100Km)
Combined
16 mpg US (14.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
353 g/km

AUDI A8 (D3f) 3.0L TDI Quattro 6AT (233 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0L TDI Quattro 6AT (233 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2967 cm3
Power
171 KW @ 4000 RPM
232 HP @ 4000 RPM
229 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
332 lb-ft @ 1400-3250 RPM
450 Nm @ 1400-3250 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
151 mph (243 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55 R17 99Y
DIMENSIONS
Length
199.3 in (5062 mm)
Width
74.6 in (1895 mm)
Height
56.9 in (1445 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.1/63.6 in (1,628/1,615 mm)
Wheelbase
115.9 in (2944 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4035.2 lbs (1830 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5358.2 lbs (2430 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.6 mpg US (12 L/100Km)
Highway
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
229 g/km

AUDI A8 (D3f) 4.2L TDI Quattro 8AT (326 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2L TDI Quattro 8AT (326 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4134 cm3
Power
240 KW @ 3750 RPM
326 HP @ 3750 RPM
322 BHP @ 3750 RPM
Torque
479 lb-ft @ 1600-3500 RPM
650 Nm @ 1600-3500 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155.3 mph (250 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55 R17 99Y
DIMENSIONS
Length
204 in (5182 mm)
Width
74.6 in (1895 mm)
Height
57.3 in (1455 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.1/63.6 in (1,628/1,615 mm)
Wheelbase
121 in (3073 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4288 lbs (1945 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5610.7 lbs (2545 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.7 mpg US (13.3 L/100Km)
Highway
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
253 g/km
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