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Audi A8 Model Years

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The Audi A8 debuted in Europe in 1994 and first arrived on U.S. shores in 1997. It was the first mass-market car to be built on an aluminum chassis, and to this day is known for its light frame, beautiful design and high-performance engineering.

Now in its fourth generation, the full-size A8 offers supercharged V6 and turbocharged V8 engines, and has the latest high-tech features like Google Earth and in-cabin Wi-Fi. Especially notable is the A8's highly efficient hybrid model, introduced in 2012.

Audi A8 Generations

2011 - 2014 Audi A8

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The third generation of the A8, which showcases the true evolution of the Audi brand, was first unveiled in 2011. Since its introduction, the four-door sedan has continued to redefine the idea of premium luxury with a focus on a number of performance and technology enhancements. Engine options now include the 3-liter TDI, the 4.2-liter TDI and the 420-horsepower 4-liter TFSI that features Audi’s cylinder-on-demand technology. Other advancements include Audi’s radar-based adaptive cruise control and a night vision assistant that detects pedestrians.

See Year: 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014

2004 - 2010 Audi A8

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The second generation of the Audi A8 used the Volkswagen Group's D3 platform and saw the addition of the top-of-the-line W12 model, which featured Audi’s new grille. A turbocharged direct fuel injection V8 was also added during a period in which Audi started showing significant improvements in overall quality. The A8 also saw the addition of the 315-horsepower 4.2-liter turbocharged direct injection (TDI) V8, and new technology features like Audi Side Assist, which detects cars in the A8's blind spots and Audi Lane Assist, which alerts drivers when they drift into adjacent lanes.

See Year: 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010

1997 - 2003 Audi A8

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Major changes included:

The first generation of Audi's A8, which did not become available in the U.S. until 1997, featured the Volkswagen Group D2 platform with an all-aluminum platform known as the "Audi Space Frame." The big sedan was available in front-wheel drive with power from a 2.8-liter V6 or a 3.7-liter V8; or with all-wheel drive and a 4.2-liter V8. The introduction of the A8 marked a major turning point for Audi, however, the upmarket flagship did suffer from some quality issues associated with the brand during this period.

See Year: 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003

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