Aside from the aforementioned W12 unit, customers are also able to choose from the 3.0-litre TDI (250PS), the 4.2-litre TDI (350PS), the supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI (290PS), and the 4.2-litre FSI (372PS).
As for the A8L W12, this can develop 550 PS and can accelerate from naught to sixty in just 4.7 seconds and keep going to reach a top speed of 155 mph. Combined fuel economy has been rated at 22.8 mpg, while the unit emits 290 g/km of CO2.
Other highlights include the use of Fine Nappa leather, all-LED headlights, a BOSE audio system linked to a hard drive-based ‘jukebox’ capable of holding up to 8,000 songs, the MMI Touch fingertip navigation and telephone data entry system and a suite of sophisticated online services.
“When a Bluetooth-capable mobile phone with SIM access profile is present, weather information and Google Earth images can be beamed via the car’s internal UMTS module to the Multi Media Interface (MMI) and its navigation unit. Through its wireless local area network (WLAN) link the car also doubles as a wi-fi hotspot, allowing passengers to connect up to six computers to the internet,” a company statement reads.