2012 Audi A8

Base AWD 4-Dr Sedan V8

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2012 Audi A8
2012 Audi A8
Like its predecessors, the newest A8 sedan features aluminum construction to keep weight down. Since making its debut in 1997, every A8 has been a study in perfect proportions, and this one doesn't deviate from that lineage. It has received some criticism for not looking "different enough" from the lesser Audis, and the droopy LED daytime running lights inside the headlights have been likened to the eyelids of an anesthetized cat, but the A8 is still a very pretty car. Its interior is elegant and modern, with a boat-themed shifter that is, unfortunately, cumbersome to use. All-wheel drive remains standard equipment -- no surprise as the A8's main German competitors (the BMW 7-series and the Mercedes S-class) now offer many all-wheel-drive variants. A few inches longer than the last A8, this is now among the bigger cars in its class, in both short- and long-wheelbase versions. The base V-8 engine uses direct injection (but no forced induction -- unlike most of Audi's other engines) to eke out 372 hp from only 4.2 liters of displacement, and with the help of a well-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission, forward thrust is considerable. For obscene forward thrust, the W-12 returns this year, enlarged by a third of a liter to 6.3 liters and producing 50 more hp than before. The truly impatient can look for the S8 to return later this year with a twin-turbo V-8 that produces 520 hp and is capable of a blistering 4.1-second run to 60 mph.
2012 Audi A8L Rear Three Quarter
Audi finds itself in the position of taking a victory lap or two: its A8 executive sedan took top honors as the highest-scoring car in J.D. Power and Associates' yearly APEAL study. Not to be out-done, Chevrolet also took top honors with three awards for its Avalanche, Chevrolet Volt, and Sonic vehicles.
2014 Mercedes Benz S Class Front Three Quarter
All three of the German luxury giants have new flagships coming in the next few years. We've already told you about the next-generation BMW 7 Series due in 2015 – and its M770ix variant – but now we have all the details on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and 2014 Audi A8. Georg Kacher details them below. –Ed
Audi A8 Hybrid Black Front Three Quarter In Motion
Audi released details of its upcoming A8 Hybrid set to hit European streets later this year. The Audi A8 Hybrid will compete against hometown rivals and Lexus in the flagship hybrid market. It will share many components with the A6 Hybrid including the familiar 2.0-liter TFSI engine and electric motor.
2012 Audi A8 Rear Side View
You ready for the age of 30 mpg full-size luxury sedans? Audi will soon bring the U.S. market supercharged V-6 and diesel variants of the A8, the automaker announced at the 2012 Detroit auto show.

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2012 Audi A8
2012 Audi A8
Base AWD 4-Dr Sedan V8
17 MPG City | 27 MPG Hwy
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2012 Audi A8 Specifications

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4.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
372 hp @ 6800rpm
328 ft lb of torque @ 3500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
IIHS Best Pick
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash

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