With a fleet of outstanding 2013 A8 models, Audi's flagship sedan continues to set the curve for the full-size luxury segment. Solid build, incredible power and handling, and Audi's signature suite of luxury features make driving the A8 an exhilarating and gratifying experience. The A8 is offered in three trims levels: regular A8, long wheelbase A8L, and long wheelbase L W12. Each level comes standard with a wealth of tech and luxury features, and a variety of upgrade packages to help dial up the style, power and comfort even higher.
New for the 2013 Audi A8 3.0T is the loss of 2 cylinders: to compete with other fuel-efficient models in the sedan segment, the 2013 A8 holds a V-6 engine delivering 333hp. Audi engineered this downgrade to give drivers a powerful ride with a better miles-per-gallon average - better even than its predecessor the A8 4.2, which delivered 372hp. Despite trimming two cylinders, the A8's engine still provides a potent dose of power, with 325 lb-ft of torque to match. Drivers seeking a more aggressive ride will want to try the A8 4.0T, which houses a twin-turbo direct-injection V8 with 420hp. And if the speed demon inside still craves more horses under the hood, the roaring L W12 will not disappoint. The 3.0T and 4.0T also come in wide wheelbase, giving backseat passengers plenty of extra lounging room.
Optional packages abound, including the Sport Design package, which offers decorative interior inlays, heated and ventilated front seats, and 22-way power sport comfort front seats, and the Driver Assistance Package, which features adaptive cruise control, lane and side assist, and pre sense plus. Several packages which comes standard on higher trims are offered as optional upgrades at lower levels. Tech lovers will appreciate the Rear Sear Comfort Package, optional for the A8 L 3.0T and A8 L 4.0T and standard in the A8 L W12, which provides power heated rear seats, rear vanity mirrors, and rear LED map lights.
Audi follows its long tradition of providing luxury to drivers at all trim levels by offering a host of standard features in the A8, including Quattro AWD, 19 inch alloy wheels, real leather and wood cabin appointments, dual zone climate control, adaptive xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running technology, mobile Wi-Fi capability, SD-card slots, MMI Multimedia Interface, iPod/Bluetooth integration, Bose stereo, and Google Earth street view navigation. For reasons unknown, keyless entry is reserved only for L model A8s; buyers of the regular A8 models must pay for this privilege. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic stability system, 10 airbags, active head restraints, and LED brake lights.
Buying the right vehicle is all about personal preference, especially in the luxury sedan department, where many models offer strong performance, excellent maneuverability, and plenty of creature comforts. The stylish lines of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the ample room of the BMW 7 Series, the exquisite performance of the Jaguar XJL, or the smart and sporty feel of the Porsche Panamera all compete for buyers’ attention, but the Audi A8 has a particular blend of strength and style that stands out among other luxury sedans.
The base model A8 has a V-6, 333hp engine, and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Standard in the 3.0T are 19 inch alloy wheels, push-button ignition, Quattro AWD system, Drive Select, adaptive xenon plus headlights, LED daytime running headlights, sunroof, genuine leather and wood cabin appointments, dual zone automatic climate control, power adjustable, dimming, and folding heated side mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. Drivers of the base model 3.0T who want keyless entry or power closing doors and trunk will need to invest in the optional upgrades to get them.
Technology features include iPod/Bluetooth integration, multimedia display that that can detect human handwriting and folds into the dash, Bose stereo system, navigation with Google Earth street view, mobile Wi-Fi capability, and twin SD-Card slots. All Audi A8 models have excellent safety features, such as anti-lock brakes, electronic stability system, LED brake lights, ten airbags, and active head restraints.
There are a number of optional packages available, some of which come standard in higher levels. The Convenience Package offers power soft-closing doors and parking system plus with rear view camera; the Warm Weather package upgrades drivers from dual-zone to four-zone automatic climate control; the Cold Weather package has heated steering wheels, heated rear seats, and a rear pass-through area for ski bags. The Extended Leather Package upholsters center console, knee rests, door armrests and pulls with fine Nappa leather, and the Driver Assistance package has adaptive cruise control, lane assist, side assist, and pre sense plus.
The 4.0T comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission, upgraded twin-turbo direct-injection V8 engine, and packs a hefty 420hp. Engine power aside, the 4.0T shares standard features with the 3.0T, including Quattro AWD, dual zone automatic climate control, xenon plus headlights, 19 inch alloy wheels, sunroof, Bose stereo system, and rain-sensing wipers. Drivers will also appreciate the power closing door and trunk system and 5-seat configuration. Upgrade packages such as the Cold and Hot Weather packages and Driver Assistance Package are all available, and optional luxury features such as 4-zone auto climate control, heated steering wheel and solar sunroof can all be had for a price.
The main appeal of the long wheelbase design is that it provides a lot of extra room for passengers, but Audi has thrown in a selection of perks for all of its L models. Since the Convenience Package, Warm Weather Package, and Extended Leather Package are all standard on this model, features automatically added include high polished piano black lower decorative interior inlays, genuine leather upholstery for instrumental panel, center console, door armrests and knee rests, keyless entry/start/open/close, 4 zone auto climate control, power soft-closing doors, and power rear sunshades.
A long wheelbase and upgraded V8 engine give passengers of the L 4.0T plenty of room to kick back and enjoy the rush of 420hp under their feet. Like the long wheelbase 3.0T, this model also enjoys the Convenience, Warm Weather, and Extended Leather packages for no additional price. Four zone automatic climate control, key-keyless start/stop/entry, Nappa leather upholstery, 12v power outlet in trunk, and 5-seat configuration are just some of the amenities available. Other optional upgrades abound, and include everything from decorative inlays, Audi adaptive air suspension and summer performance tires, to heated steering wheel and rear seats, high-beam assist, and Audi lane assist.
A mighty 6.3L V-12 500hp engine drives the W12, supported by Quattro 4WD and plenty of cabin space for all. Standard features carry over from the base A8 model, and additional luxuries include 22-way power heated/cooled front seats, heated rear seats with massage function, power rear side sunshades, panoramic sunroof, full LED headlights, and a rear DVD entertainment system on twin 10 inch monitors.
The L W12 comes equipped with several packages that are optional at lower levels, including the Cold Weather Package with heated steering wheel and rear seats; the Camera Assistance Package, with top/corner view and high-beam assist, and the W12 Sport Package, with Audi adaptive air suspension, Audi Quattro all-wheel drive system with sports differential, and 265/40 summer performance tires. The Executive Rear Seat Comfort Package, Full Leather Package and Sport Design Package are available only for the L W12, and provide amenities such as fine Nappa leather throughout the interior, reclining rear passenger seat and front passenger seat adjustment from rear seat, refrigerator, 12V power outlet and 115V AC power inverter, and 20” 5-segment-spoke wheels with all-season tires.
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Extremely customizable, good gas mileage, but the unexciting interior and lack of torque are a turnoff.
Lighter than the Audi and more visually stunning, but interior technology is much less sophisticated.
Luxurious interior style and quality handling, butbut styling not for everyone.
Impressive array of premium luxury features at a price well below many other vehicles in the segment, but lacks space.