For 2010, the Audi A8 is available only with a 4.2-liter V-8 engine in advance of the launch of a redesigned 2011 model. Other changes for 2010 include standard LED daytime running lights on all models, standard 19-inch wheels on the regular-wheelbase models, and available carbon-fiber trim on the regular-wheelbase models. The long-wheelbase models are now fitted with ventilated, massaging front seats and contrasting stitching on the upholstery.
- Minor changes for 2010
- The A8L W12 quattro model, with its W-12 engine, has been dropped
- The S8 5.2 FSI quattro model, with its V-10 engine, has been dropped
- Espresso Brown, Linen Beige, Light Gray and Impala Beige interior colors discontinued
- LED daytime running lights have been added to both models
- 19-inch wheels standard on all regular-wheelbase models
- Carbon-fiber interior cabin inlays available on regular-wheelbase models
- Ventilated massage front seats standard on long-wheelbase models
- Contrasting stitching and piping standard on long-wheelbase models
- 350-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 engine is standard on all models
- Fitted with the latest, third-generation Audi MMI infotainment system
This luxury sedan, the Audi A8, is the flagship of Audi's lineup and has been available since 1994. For the 2010 model year, the A8 is offered in two trim levels, both with a V8 engine and adaptive air suspension. The cabin features a slightly revised dashboard that the automaker says is more driver-friendly.
The available trim levels are standard and L (for long wheelbase). The standard trim level includes 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, sunroof, Audi's proprietary Multi Media Interface (MMI) system, navigation, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition and entry, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and 16-way power front seats.
The L trim, with its longer wheelbase, provides 42 inches of rear-seat legroom. In addition, it features 19-inch wheels (with 20-inch wheels optional), enhanced climate control, contrasting stitching and piping on the upholstery, ventilated and massaging front seats, and lumbar adjustment for all passengers. A solar-powered venting sunroof is optional. Also available is upgraded leather trim, an upgraded Bang & Olufsen audiophile system, and a package of technology options that includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and blind spot warning.
Audi has eliminated the optional 12-cylinder engine on the A8 for 2010. Both the standard and the L trims come with a 350-hp, 4.2-liter V8 engine, as well as a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission that works with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Both the standard and the L trim deliver 16 mpg in the city, 23 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined, according to EPA estimates.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, airbags in front and rear seating positions and full length curtains on the side windows, active front headrests, and full stability and traction control
On introduction, base prices for the 2010 Audi A8 started around $75,000.