2012 Audi A8

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What's New for 2012:
- New flagship model with 500-horsepower engine
- Standard Wi-Fi hotspot capability and Google Earth mapping
- New leather interior packages available on all trims

Exterior Features
The 2012 Audi A8 is an all-wheel-drive, full-size luxury sedan offered in three trim levels, including standard- and long-wheelbase (L) versions and top-of-the-line A8 L W12. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard equipment on all but the W12 model, which is fitted with 20-inch wheels.

Interior Features
The 2012 Audi A8 seats up to 5 passengers and offers 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space. The base A8 4.2 and A8 4.2 L both feature leather seats, heated power front seats, navigation system, Audi's proprietary Multi Media Interface touch-screen system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Bose sound system. The flagship A8 L W12 comes with upgraded leather upholstery; heated steering wheel; and heated, massaging rear seats. Additionally, the L W12 offers upgraded 4-zone automatic climate control and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Optional Features
Options for the 2012 Audi A8 are grouped into several packages, but can also be added individually.  The Premium package features 22-way power massaging front seats, while the Rear-Seat Comfort package includes power recline and lumbar adjustments and rear vanity mirrors. The Executive Rear-Seating package is only available for L models and includes individual rear seats with upgraded leather, as well as a dual-screen DVD system and a refrigerator. Stand-alone options include 20-inch wheels, night-vision camera, and a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Under the Hood
A8 4.2 models are equipped with a 4.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 372 horsepower, while the new A8 L W12 model comes with a larger 6.3-liter W-12 engine rated at 500 horsepower. An 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission is standard on each version.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Audi A8 are:
- A8 and A8 L with 4.2-liter V-8 engine: 18/28/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- A8 L W12 with 6.3-liter W-12 engine: 14/21/16 mpg

Standard safety features on the 2012 Audi A8 include anti-lock brakes and air bags in front-side, side-curtain, and rear-side positions.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested the 2012 Audi A8.


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  • Valetta leather seating surfaces
  • 18-way pwr driver & front passenger multicontour pneumatic bucket seats -inc: driver & front passenger pwr lumbar, driver & front passenger seat memory
  • Heated front seats
  • Front/rear comfort headrests
  • Full length center console -inc: adjustable rear air vents, rear seat heat controls, rear pwr outlet, dual cupholders, dual folding/height adjustable armrests w/storage, MMI controls
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Aluminum door sills
  • Pwr tilt/telescopic 3-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel w/memory, audio controls & shift paddles
  • Driver info display -inc: trip computer, automatic check system, outside temp
  • Audi Multi-Media Interface (MMI) navigation plus -inc: 8" touch screen color display, handwriting recognition, Google Earth, real time traffic, voice control, 40GB hard disc drive storage
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch up/down & pinch protection
  • Pwr central locking system w/safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Keyless start
  • Remote trunk/fuel tank release
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-theft alarm system w/immobilizer
  • Audi Connect wireless internet connectivity -inc: (6) month trial subscription
  • Dual-zone auto air conditioning
  • Rear window defogger w/timer
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Cooled glove box
  • Leatherette on upper dashboard
  • Wood upper inlays
  • Brushed aluminum silver lower trim
  • Rear center folding armrest w/cupholders
  • Front/rear door storage pockets
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
  • Rear pwr sunshade
  • Driver & front passenger illuminated visor vanity mirrors -inc: normal & magnified mirrors
  • (4) assist handles w/slow retraction feature
  • Interior lighting -inc: front/rear reading lights, courtesy delay, fade-in/fade-out, automatic-on when key is removed, trunk, lighter, ashtray, front/rear footwells, storage compartments, door sills
  • Customizable ambient LED lighting
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob/hand brake lever
  • Front seatback map pockets
  • Front passenger cargo net located on center console
  • Rear center console w/storage
  • (4) tie-down eyelets in trunk
  • Dual exhaust tailpipes w/chrome tips
  • 19" 10-Y-spoke alloy wheels
  • 255/45R19 all-season tires
  • Compact spare tire w/alloy wheel
  • Pwr tilt/slide glass sunroof
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color moldings
  • Aluminum exterior trim -inc: beltline, window
  • Auto on/off headlights -inc: rain/light sensors, range adjustment, washers
  • Adaptive xenon plus headlights w/cornering lights & LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • LED puddle lighting
  • Rear fog light
  • Exterior door handle LED lighting
  • Dual body-color auto-dimming pwr folding heated mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals, memory
  • Tinted glass
  • Rain-sensing variable speed intermittent front windshield wipers
  • Body-color door handles w/aluminum accents
  • 4.2L DOHC FSI 32-valve V8 engine
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Front/rear hypoid gear electronic differential locks (EDL)
  • Torsen torque sensing center differential
  • quattro permanent all-wheel drive
  • 110-amp/hr battery
  • 140-amp alternator
  • Audi space frame (ASF) -inc: aluminum frame & body structure
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • 5-link front suspension w/upper & lower control arms
  • Trapezoidal-link rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Audi drive select -inc: comfort, auto, dynamic, & individual modes
  • Servotronic speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr vented front/rear disc brakes
  • Electromechanical parking brake -inc: auto release
  • Audi pre sense basic crash preparation
    • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD) & brake assist
    • Traction control (ASR)
    • Electronic stability control (ESC)
    • LED daytime running lamps
    • Driver & front passenger dual-stage airbags w/front passenger occupant detection
    • Driver & front passenger Sideguard head curtain airbags
    • Driver & front passenger knee airbags
    • Front & rear outboard thorax side airbags
    • Front (3) point safety belts w/automatic pre-tensioning/force limiters & height adjust
    • Rear (3) point safety belts w/force limiters for outboard passenger seating positions
    • Safety unlock feature *Unlocks doors & turns on interior lights if airbag deploys*
    • Rear child safety door locks
    • Rear seat lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Passive tire pressure monitor
    • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD/MP3 changer w/HD Radio, radio data system (RDS)
    • Bose surround sound system w/(14) speakers, AudioPilot, 630-watts
    • In-dash DVD player
    • Audi music interface w/iPod cable
    • 20GB Jukebox hard disc drive storage
    • SiriusXM satellite radio -inc: (3) month trial subscription
    • SiriusXM traffic -inc: (3) month trial subscription
    • Bluetooth phone preparation

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