June 14, 2004
Source: Audi of America
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Audi of America. Inc. announced the price for its expanded A8 line-up for the 2005 model year. Available mid-June, the normal wheelbase A8 4.2 quattro will join the model line along side the highly acclaimed, long wheelbase, A8 L. The A8 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $66,590. A8 L models have a suggested retail price of $69,900.
Both models use the powerful 4.2-liter V8 engine producing 335 horsepower and 317 lbs. ft. of torque. A six-speed TiptronicÒ automatic transmission and quattroÒ all-wheel drive channel the power to the ground and help enhance the car’s sporty dynamics.
Regardless of wheelbase, all A8s come equipped with a variety of standard equipment and the most up-to-date technology. The legendary Audi Space Frame (ASFÒ) adds strength and, at the same time, reduces weight. An adaptive air suspension allows for changes in ride height and driving dynamics. Drivers can choose from four different suspension settings, ranging from sporty to standard, to best match their driving style and road conditions.
A large number of vehicle functions may be controlled by Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI), an intuitive onboard electronics management system, ranging from radio settings to background lighting. Two separate displays – a retractable seven-inch color screen in the top of the dashboard and a three-inch driver information display in the instrument cluster – display the operator’s choices and other vehicle information.
Other standard equipment consists of self-leveling bi-xenon headlights, a 12- speaker Bose® Premium Surround System with 12-inch subwoofer, automatic dual-zone climate control, power glass sunroof, Navigation system, and ten airbags that include rear side and front knee airbags.
Options packages for both the A8 and A8 L include a Cold Weather Package with heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and a ski sack ($1,100); and a Convenience Package with Advanced Key, electric rear sunshade, manual side sunshades, and power trunk open/close ($2,000) (on A8 L side sunshades are standard and rear vanity mirrors are part of the Convenience Package).
New stand alone options for 2005 include: adaptive cruise control ($2,100); choice of XM or Sirius Satellite Radio ($550+installation); and three-spoke multifunction wood steering wheel ($480). Additional individual options include: solar sunroof panel ($650); front and rear Parktronicä ($700); a choice of 18-inch five-spoke cast alloy wheels with all-season tires ($1,150), 18-inch nine-spoke cast alloy wheels with all-season tires (new for 2005 MY) ($1,700) or 19-inch 12-spoke cast alloy wheels with performance tires ($1,900); power door close assist ($450); and front seat massage and ventilation ($1,500).
All of this luxury, performance, and technology comes with the Audi Advantage consisting of a four-year/50,000 mile limited new vehicle warranty, four-year/50,000 mile no-charge scheduled maintenance, a 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation, and 24-hour Roadside Assistance for four years.