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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.
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