Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2014 Audi A8: Luxury and Size Define this Sedan

If you like your sedans large and luxurious, you’ll probably love the 2014 Audi A8.

This ride features a full slate of technology items, plenty of style amenities inside and a powerful lineup of engines.

Satellite navigation and Bose premium sound system are standard, and available are items such as parking assist, adaptive cruise control and lane-change assist. The interior is elegant, with wood and leather trim and subtle lighting throughout the cabin that is functional and decorative. A panoramic sunroof is optional.

The engine choices begin with a 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 333 horsepower and 325 pounds-feet of torque. It is rated at 18 mpg city, 28 highway. There is also a 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 that makes 420 horsepower and 444 pounds-feet of torque. It is rated at 17 and 28 mpg. There is a behemoth 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine that makes 500 ponies and 463 pounds-feet and gets 13 mpg city, 21 highway. Finally, the tester came with a six-cylinder 3.0-liter TDI clean diesel engine that makes 240 horsepower and 406 pounds-feet of torque, with impressive fuel economy ratings of 24 and 36. 

Each power plant is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the A8 features Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system standard.

There is also a button that enables you to choose from normal, economy and sport driving modes.

Both front and rear seat passengers will find plenty of leg and head room, but if you want to beef that up even more, you can select the extended wheel-base version.

Driving dynamics are typically Audi-like, meaning despite the fact that this is a large sedan, it is unafraid to aggressively take on corners. Acceleration and braking are also top notch.

One thing you won’t find on this Audi is a small price tag. The A8 starts at around $75,000 and ranges to about $140,000.

Yes, we know, you can buy a home for that much, but that home is unlikely to drive as nicely as an A8.

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