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At least as much as any luxury automaker, Audi emphasizes technology: specifically, its driver-assistance features. For its largest model, the A8, that list includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, active lane assist, night vision assistant (with animal detection), and secondary collision assist. A head-up display shows vehicle speed, navigation, and adaptive cruise control functions.

Imposing in appearance, an Audi A8 approaches the aura of the limousines of old.

What's New for 2016

Biggest news for 2016 is the A8 Sport, which puts Audi’s previous 4.0T into what the German automaker calls a “more athletic” package, featuring new sport-style exterior accents. Up front, revised bumpers hold sport air intakes in the lower section. The rear end gets an updated bumper and diffuser. Sport side sills also are included. Inside, the available Design Selection seating surfaces come in Vermont Brown leather and fine-grain ash wood inlays.

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Choosing Your Audi A8

Facelifted for 2015, all A8 sedans are on Audi’s long-wheelbase platform for 2016. Only the high-performance S8 (listed separately) retains the shorter wheelbase. Each Audi A8 sedan has quattro all-wheel drive.

Models are differentiated by engine, and buyers get four choices: a 3-liter V6 (gas or diesel), 4-liter V8, or 6.3-liter W12. All versions have Audi’s Tiptronic eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is estimated at 19/29 mpg (city/highway) with the gasoline V6, but the diesel 3-liter raises those figures to 24 mpg city/36 mpg highway (28 mpg combined). With the 4-liter V8, mileage dips only slightly, to 18 mpg in city driving.

A8L 3.0T

“Entry-level” doesn’t quite describe the base-model A8, with an MSRP in the low $80,000s. Power comes from a supercharged 3-liter engine, sending 333 horsepower to the eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. The huge standard-equipment list includes a sunroof, adaptive air suspension, leather upholstery, power heated mirrors, LED headlamps, soft-close powered doors, four-zone automatic climate control, power tilt/telescope steering column, 14-speaker Bose audio, and 19-inch wheels. Also standard: Park Assist, trunk-close assist, power sunshades, and front/rear foglights.

A8L 3.0 TDI

Adds $3,700 to the price of a gasoline-engine A8, while boosting gas mileage considerably. The 3-liter turbocharged diesel V6 produces 240 horsepower. Standard equipment is similar to the gas-engine 3.0T. Options include Premium, Luxury, Driver Assist and Sport Packages, as well as a Rear Seat Comfort Package that adds power rear seats, and front/rear ventilated seats with a massaging feature. A panoramic sunroof, rear-seat entertainment, Night Vision Assistant, and Bang & Olufsen audio also are available.

A8L 4.0T Sport

New for 2016, the Sport comes with a turbocharged 4-liter V8 that generates 450 horsepower. Sport-style bumpers are installed, along with side sills and a panoramic sunroof. Premium and Luxury Packages are included, along with 20-inch wheels. An electro-mechanical steering column reduces weight. A new Dynamic Package is available, including variable-ratio dynamic steering and a sport differential. Options are similar to those for 3.0 models, including Premium, Luxury, and Driver Assist packages.

A8L 6.3 W12

Picking a 6.3-liter W12 (12-cylinder) sends the A8 into another league, pushing the price to a whopping $137,900. Not only is the W12 loaded to the roof with luxuries, its engine yields 500 horsepower. Standard equipment includes a panoramic roof, four-zone climate control, 22-way power front seats, power lumbar support and massaging feature, top-view monitor, Lane Change Assist, rear entertainment, and 20-inch wheels. Options include a Sport package, Driver Assist group, Night Vision Assistant, and Bang & Olufsen audio. An Executive Rear Seat Comfort Package includes a power rear passenger seat and footrest.

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All you have to do is pick an engine. Few Audi shoppers are likely to opt for a 12-cylinder sedan, and the new A8 Sport emphasizes appearance details. Of the two V6 models, the TDI (diesel) promises effortless cruising, despite its lower horsepower rating, as well as fuel economy that reaches well past any of the other versions.

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