Audi A8 review

           The 2010 A8 has a distinct performance personality. It’s not the quickest Super Luxury Sedan. Available with just one engine, a 4.2-liter V8, it’s not slow either. But it can’t match the power of some of its more muscular competition. It will, however, outperform them in the corners. Audi’s exceptional Quattro All Wheel Drive system gives it extraordinary grip on a dry road, and an added measure of safety on a wet road. This combines with precise, well-weighted steering to make the big car feel smaller than its more than two ton curb weight.

            Every 2010 Audi A8 is powered by the same 4.2 Liter V8, which puts out 350 horsepowers. The engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually. This combination moves the big car with authority  some publications have measured zero to sixty times of about six seconds but the A8 can’t match the power of competitors with more muscular powerplants. The A8 offers more than enough acceleration for most drivers’ daily needs, but it gives up bragging rights to many of its competitors.
          The 2011 A8 goes on sale this fall at a starting price of about $90,000. The A8 will be available here with just one engine when it launches: the long-lived direct-injection, 4.2-liter DOHC V8. As installed in this third-generation A8, the V8 gains 22 hp and 4 lb-ft of torque over its previous iteration, with output now totaling 372 hp and 328 lb-ft. The horsepower figure is just enough to make it the least powerful in the segment, ceding eight ponies to the Lexus LS460 and 10 to the S550. Audi says the A8 returns 13-percent-better fuel economy than does its predecessor, which translates roughly to 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for the new car.

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