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Segment: Luxury

Audi showed the third generation of the A8 and A8L in Miami, followed by a full disclosure at the 2010 North American International Motor Show.

Ever since its first generation, the A8 stunned its customers with its high-tech features, light construction, and all-wheel-drive system. BMW and Mercedes-Benz were mainly rear-wheel-drive, with a few options for traction in all corners, while only one version of the A8 was available with an option for front-wheel-drive. But that was not the only difference.

The car's exterior showed more similarities with its smaller brother, the A4. Audi said that it did it that way to create a corporate image, but from the profile, the L was different. Unlike the regular model, which had similar-length doors, the A8L had the rear ones longer. That was due to the extended wheelbase by 13 cm (5.12").

But all that length was added for an impressive interior, especially for the rear passengers. While those at the front had the same toys and gimmicks from the regular model, it was a luxurious, five-star spa in the back. Above the seats, the carmaker offered an option for a sunroof. Instead of a bench, Audi installed two individual armchairs with a reclining option. On the front's seats seatback, the carmaker placed folding footrests. A console separated the rear occupants, and there the customer could have chosen a refrigerator.

Under the hood, Audi installed a wide engine choice ranged between 250 hp and 500 hp. All versions featured all-wheel-drive, Quattro systems, and eight-speed automatic transmissions.

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AUDI A8 L 2010 - 2013
  4 gasoline engines
  • 3.0L TFSI Quattro 8AT (290 HP)
  • 3.0L TFSI Quattro 8AT (333 HP)
  • 4.0L TFSI Quattro 8AT (420 HP)
  • 6.3L FSI W12 (500 HP)
  3 diesel engines
  • 3.0L TDi Quattro 8AT (250 HP)
  • 3.0L TDi Quattro 8AT (250 HP)
  • 4.2L TDI Quattro 8AT (350 HP)
  1 hybrid engine
  • 2.0L TFSI Hybrid 8AT (245 HP)

AUDI A8 L 3.0L TFSI Quattro 8AT (290 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0L TFSI Quattro 8AT (290 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2995 cm3
Power
213 KW @ 4850-6500 RPM
290 HP @ 4850-6500 RPM
286 BHP @ 4850-6500 RPM
Torque
310 lb-ft @ 2500-4850 RPM
420 Nm @ 2500-4850 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60 R 17
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.4 in (5268 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.7/64.4 in (1,643/1,636 mm)
Wheelbase
122.9 in (3122 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4310 lbs (1955 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5578 lbs (2530 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
33 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Combined
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
205 g/km

AUDI A8 L 3.0L TFSI Quattro 8AT (333 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0L TFSI Quattro 8AT (333 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2995 cm3
Power
245 KW @ 5500 RPM
333 HP @ 5500 RPM
329 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
325 lb-ft @ 2900 RPM
441 Nm @ 2900 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60 R 17
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.4 in (5268 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.7/64.4 in (1,643/1,636 mm)
Wheelbase
122.9 in (3122 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4310 lbs (1955 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5578 lbs (2530 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
Highway
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
US Specs

AUDI A8 L 4.0L TFSI Quattro 8AT (420 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0L TFSI Quattro 8AT (420 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3993 cm3
Power
309 KW @ 5000 RPM
420 HP @ 5000 RPM
414 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
443 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 RPM
601 Nm @ 1500-4500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed tiptronic with DSP and sport program
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.4 in (5268 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.7/64.4 in (1,643/1,636 mm)
Wheelbase
122.9 in (3122 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4288 lbs (1945 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5721 lbs (2595 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
Highway
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Combined
24.8 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
221 g/km

AUDI A8 L 6.3L FSI W12 (500 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.3L FSI W12 (500 HP)
Cylinders
W12
Displacement
6299 cm3
Power
368 KW @ 6200 RPM
500 HP @ 6200 RPM
493 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
461 lb-ft @ 4750 RPM
625 Nm @ 4750 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/45 R 19
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.4 in (5268 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.7/64.4 in (1,643/1,636 mm)
Wheelbase
122.9 in (3122 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4530 lbs (2055 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5853 lbs (2655 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.2 mpg US (16.6 L/100Km)
Highway
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
Combined
19.8 mpg US (11.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
277 g/km

AUDI A8 L 3.0L TDi Quattro 8AT (250 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0L TDi Quattro 8AT (250 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2967 cm3
Power
187 KW @ 4000-4500 RPM
254 HP @ 4000-4500 RPM
251 BHP @ 4000-4500 RPM
Torque
406 lb-ft @ 1500-3000 RPM
550 Nm @ 1500-3000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60 R 17
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.4 in (5268 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.7/64.4 in (1,643/1,636 mm)
Wheelbase
122.9 in (3122 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4332 lbs (1965 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5600 lbs (2540 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Highway
41 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
36 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
171 g/km

AUDI A8 L 3.0L TDi Quattro 8AT (250 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0L TDi Quattro 8AT (250 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2967 cm3
Power
187 KW @ 4000-4500 RPM
254 HP @ 4000-4500 RPM
251 BHP @ 4000-4500 RPM
Torque
406 lb-ft @ 1500-3000 RPM
550 Nm @ 1500-3000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60 R 17
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.4 in (5268 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.7/64.4 in (1,643/1,636 mm)
Wheelbase
122.9 in (3122 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4332 lbs (1965 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5600 lbs (2540 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Highway
41 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
36 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
171 g/km

AUDI A8 L 4.2L TDI Quattro 8AT (350 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2L TDI Quattro 8AT (350 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4134 cm3
Power
262 KW @ 4000 RPM
356 HP @ 4000 RPM
351 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
590 lb-ft @ 1750-2750 RPM
800 Nm @ 1750-2750 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55 R 18
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.4 in (5268 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.7/64.4 in (1,643/1,636 mm)
Wheelbase
122.9 in (3122 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
18 cuFT (510 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4674 lbs (2120 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5886 lbs (2670 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Highway
37 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
31 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
198 g/km

AUDI A8 L 2.0L TFSI Hybrid 8AT (245 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L TFSI Hybrid 8AT (245 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
155 KW @ 4300-6000 RPM
211 HP @ 4300-6000 RPM
208 BHP @ 4300-6000 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1500-4200 RPM
350 Nm @ 1500-4200 RPM
Electrical motor power
39.7 kw (54 hp)
Electrical motor torque
154.9 lb-ft (210 Nm)
Total maximum power
180.2 kw (245 hp)
Total maximum torque
354 lb-ft (480 Nm)
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Hybrid
Fuel capacity
19.8 gallons (75.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed tiptronic with DSP and sport program
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
207.4 in (5268 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.7/64.4 in (1,643/1,636 mm)
Wheelbase
122.9 in (3122 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.8 cuFT (334 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.27
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4233 lbs (1920 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5556 lbs (2520 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)
Highway
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
Combined
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
146 g/km
Notes
Notice

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