2013 Audi A8

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18 CITY / 28 HWY
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What's New for 2013:
  • 3.0T and 3.0 TDI models debut
  • Audi S8 performance model joins the lineup

Exterior Features
All 2013 Audi A8 models employ Audi Space Frame aluminum construction to keep weight down. The A8 L models add 5 inches of wheelbase and stretched bodywork to create a larger rear cabin. The S8 models get special design and trim details.

Interior Features
The A8's cabin is dressed in leather, wood and aluminum. Dual-zone climate control, a premium Bose surround-sound audio system, navigation, a power sunroof, and Audi Connect with Bluetooth connectivity, music streaming and mobile Wi-Fi capability are included on all A8s for 2013. The S8 adds standard heated and ventilated massaging front sport seats.

Optional Features
Highlights from the Audi A8 options menu include heated and ventilated massaging front seats, 4-zone automatic climate control, rear entertainment system, Bang & Olufsen advanced audio system, solar-panel sunroof, and LED headlights. A Sport package adds special trim, dynamic steering, sport suspension, torque-vectoring rear differential, and 20-inch wheels to the A8 model. The A8 L is available with a panoramic glass roof as well as reclining, ventilated and massaging individual rear bucket seats separated by a refrigerator.

Under the Hood
The A8 3.0 TDI has a 3.0-liter, turbo-diesel V-6 engine. Final horsepower and torque figures were not available when this model overview was originally written. The A8 3.0T has a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine making 333 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines feature automatic start/stop technology that shuts the engine down when idling to conserve fuel.

The A8 4.2 has a 4.2-liter V-8 engine good for 372 horsepower and 328 lb.-ft. of torque. The S8 gets a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 engine cranking out 520 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque. The S8 includes cylinder-deactivation technology to conserve fuel, and receives numerous performance upgrades. The A8 L W12 is equipped with a 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine producing 500 horsepower and 463 lb.-ft. of torque.

Each engine is paired with an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. Audi Drive Select is also standard, providing Normal, Comfort, Sport or Individual driving modes.

Fuel Economy
As this overview was originally written, the EPA had officially rated fuel economy only for the 2013 Audi A8 3.0T. It is expected to return 18/28/21 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The 2013 Audi A8 is equipped with 10 air bags, traction and stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and Audi Pre-Sense technology that readies the cabin if it senses that an impact is unavoidable. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and a night vision camera with pedestrian detection.


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  • Name 3.0L (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 72200.00 Engine 3.0L/182 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
  • Name 4.0L (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 80900.00 Engine 4.0L/243 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
  • Valetta leather seating surfaces
  • 18-way pwr heated front comfort seats -inc: 4-way pwr lumbar, 2-position driver seat memory
  • (4) cup holders
  • Front center adjustable armrest
  • Front door armrests w/storage
  • (4) pwr outlets
  • Velour carpeting
  • Front/rear floor mats -inc: fastening mechanism for front mats
  • 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel w/shift paddles
  • Pwr tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Backlit instrument cluster w/automatic brightness control -inc: tachometer, speedometer, digital clock w/date, fuel gauge, coolant temp gauge, white illumination w/red pointers
  • 8-color driver info center -inc: 7-inch Color display, 5-function trip computer (fuel range, average fuel mileage, current fuel mileage, average speed, elapsed time & trip odometer) operated by toggle switch at end of windshield wiper stalk, outside temp display, digital speed display, radio/telephone display, active auto check system w/speed warning device, pictogram display for open door & deck lid, efficiency program
  • Pwr central locking -inc: convenience open & close for windows & sunroof, driver & front passenger master switches, LED indicator when vehicle is locked, programmable auto-lock/unlock
  • Remote keyless entry -inc: key fob, selective unlocking
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver lock out switch for rear windows, pwr retention, all-window one-touch up/down, pinch protection
  • Retained accessory pwr
  • Pwr trunk release
  • HomeLink garage door opener
  • Active cruise control
  • Audi drive select -inc: advanced control of the vehicle's adaptive suspension, dynamic steering, transmission shift characteristics & engine response, 27 distinct driving configurations, allowing drivers to configure vehicle drive characteristics exactly to their liking w/their choice of comfort, auto, dynamic or individual settings
  • Anti-theft alarm system w/immobilizer
  • Dual-zone climate control -inc: rear seat vents
  • Rear window defogger w/timer
  • Illuminated locking cooled glovebox
  • Brushed aluminum on door panel interior beltline & center console
  • Leatherette on upper dashboard
  • Walnut brown wood upper inlays
  • Auto-dimming interior mirror w/compass
  • Pwr rear window sunshade
  • Front sliding sun visors w/LED vanity mirror
  • Front & rear LED reading lights
  • Illuminated door sills
  • Illuminated door handles & air vent controls
  • Front & rear LED footwell lights
  • Leather shift knob
  • Front seatback pockets
  • 19" x 9.0" 10-Y-spoke alloy wheels -inc: 255/45R19 all-season tires
  • Space-saver temporary spare tire
  • Pwr tilt sunroof w/pwr sunshade
  • Audi Singleframe grille -inc: (8) horizontal bars in chrome finish
  • Anodized aluminum window surround
  • Audi xenon plus self-leveling automatic headlights -inc: adaptive cornering lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washer system
  • LED taillights w/rear foglights
  • 3-blink touch to pass turn signals
  • Rain/light sensors for wipers & headlights -inc: "Coming home" & "Leaving home" functions
  • Body color auto-dimming pwr folding heated mirrors -inc: mirror memory, passenger tilt, integrated LED turn signals
  • Intermittent windshield wipers -inc: 4-position adjustable rain sensor rate, heated washer nozzles
  • Reinforced high strength steel/aluminum crossmembers w/reinforced bumpers, rigid occupant cell
  • 19" x 9.0" 15-spoke alloy wheels -inc: 255/45R19 all-season tires
  • 3.0L TFSI supercharged V6 engine
  • Audi valvelift system
  • 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission -inc: sport program & manual shift mode
  • quattro permanent all-wheel drive -inc: asymmetrical/dynamic torque distribution, 60/40 torque split
  • Audi aluminum alloy space frame w/aluminum alloy body panels
  • 5-link front suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Trapezoidal-link rear suspension
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Servotronic speed sensitive pwr steering
  • Front/rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Dual exhaust w/round tips
  • Tool kit & jack
  • 4.0L TSFI twin-turbocharged V8 engine
  • Dual exhaust w/trapezoidal tips
    • Anti-lock brake system w/electronic brake force distribution
    • Hydraulic brake assist
    • Electromechanical emergency brake w/drive-off release feature
    • Electronic stability control w/electronically locking differential
    • LED daytime running lights
    • Audi first aid kit
    • Driver & front passenger advanced dual stage airbags w/front passenger occupant detection
    • Driver & front passenger seat mounted thorax airbags
    • Driver & front passenger knee airbags
    • Rear outboard seat mounted thorax airbags
    • Sideguard head curtain airbags for both rows of seats
    • All-position 3-point safety belts -inc: pretensioning, front force limiters, rear auto locking retractor
    • Integrated child rear door locks
    • LATCH provisions for rear seats
    • ISOFIX for rear seats
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Crash sensor -inc: central locking auto unlocks doors, interior lighting is switched on, fuel pump & engine are switched off, hazard warning lights are switched on
    • Lower rear center diffuser -inc: platinum surround, aluminum twin blade fin
    • Audi MMI Navigation plus w/voice control system -inc: MMI touch, 8" TFT color wide display screen, climate controls, central locking, instrument cluster, vehicle diagnostics, navigation, AM/FM stereo, CD/DVD player, control knob w/joystick & buttons in center console
    • Audi music interface -inc: AM/FM stereo, CD/DVD player, HD Radio, iPod cable, aux input jack, USB, SD card slots w/32GB capacity, Bluetooth w/streaming audio, SiriusXM satellite radio w/90-day trail subscription, SiriusXM Traffic w/4-year subscription
    • Voice control system -inc: cell phone, AM/FM stereo, CD player, navigation, speech-to-text engine
    • 630-watt 14-speaker Bose premium surround sound system w/AudioPilot
    • Audi connect w/6-month trial subscription
    • Audi online services -inc: Google earth navigation, 6-month subscription
    • Roof-mounted SIRIUS satellite radio antenna
    • Active noise cancellation

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