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2011 Audi A8 Rolled Out in China

Audi decided to use the Guangzhou Auto Show to introduce the new A8 in China, with sales to begin in 2011 using imported models manufactured in Germany. According to a report by China Car Times, the car will be priced starting from 850,000rmb (approximately $127,600) and going up to 3 million rmb (that's almost $450,000?!) for the top-of-the-range configuration.

Specifications have already been released earlier this year, including those of the A8 L, the company's flagship model especially addressed to the Chinese market.

The A8 L (long wheelbase) is 130 millimeters (0.43 ft) longer than the standard-wheelbase version. It comes with an extensive array of engines: two V6 engines (TDI 250 hp, TFSI 290 hp), two 4.2l V8s (TDI 350 hp, FSI 372 hp) and a whooping W12 unit. This top of the range engine, a 6.3l FSI, develops 500 hp and a peak torque of 625 Nm at 3,250 rpm. The W12 powerplant is paired to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission.

Of course, such a high price brings a lot of top-notch features, most of them addressed to those who are looking for luxury when jumping inside the A8. For example, the interior comes with valonea leather, tanned exclusively with plant extracts to be soft and able to “breathe” actively. As an option, a panoramic glass roof with two glass panels is being offered. Two large monitor screens, one on the instrument panel and one on the center console, act as control centers and display their information as high-resolution 3D graphics.

Full details about the 2011 Audi A8 L are available here, while pricing details presented by the manufacturer can be viewed by following this link.


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