2011 Audi A8

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This luxury sedan, the flagship model of Audi's lineup, has been available since 1994. For the 2011 model year, the A8 has undergone a complete redesign that includes larger wheels, a slightly more powerful engine, a new transmission, and several new high-tech features.

The available trim levels on the 2011 Audi A8 are standard and L (for long wheelbase). The standard trim level includes 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive air suspension, Xenon headlights, sunroof, Audi's proprietary Multi Media Interface (MMI) system, navigation system, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, a Bose surround-sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, and 12-way power front seats. Also standard is the Audi Drive Select system, which allows the driver to adjust the suspension and various responses. The A8 L trim has a longer wheelbase and provides 42.9 inches of rear-seat leg room, according to Audi. Options include 20-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, premium sound system, solar-powered sunroof, night vision camera, and much more. Option packages include the Cold Weather (heats all seats and adds a pass-through from the trunk); Premium (more features for the front seats); Sport (upgrades suspension and upholstery); Rear Seat Comfort; and Driver Assistance. With the L trim, an Executive Rear Seating package is available; it includes premium upholstery, refrigerator, entertainment system, and more. The trunk, in all A8s, provides 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

The standard power plant in the 2011 Audi A8 is a 372-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 328 lb.-ft. of torque. It's linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission, which works with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. This system delivers 17 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Standard safety features on the 2011 Audi A8 include anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, front and rear side air bags, side curtain air bags, and active front headrests. Optional is a Driver Assistance package, which includes various warning systems and a blind-spot monitor.

Starting MSRP for the 2011 Audi A8 was about $78,000.


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