|March 2, 2000
The equipment and data stated here refer to the model range offered for sale in Germany. We reserve the right to make changes. Errors and omissions excepted.
Since its market launch in June 1994, the Audi A8 has established itself as a mainstream model in the German deluxe saloon segment. The revolutionary overall concept, with the all-aluminium body using the Audi Space Frame (ASF) principle and quattro permanent four-wheel drive, defies convention. Its success has demonstrated that the supposed conflicts between lightweight design and high passive safety standards, deluxe equipment and ecological compatibility, performance and economy or comfort and dynamic performance, need not be regarded as insoluble. Recent developments elsewhere in this vehicle category demonstrate the pioneering nature of this car.
Ever since its launch, the A8 model range has been gradually extended and updated. It now features aluminium suspension for reduced unsprung weight, combined with ride comfort, agility and dynamic handling of the highest order, and the electronic stability program (ESP) is fitted as standard. The high passive safety standards have been enhanced with the SIDEGUARD head airbag system, which is standard in every A8.
The current Audi A8 range starts with models with 2.8 litre V6 engine, which has an output of 142 kW (193 bhp), supplied with either a five-speed manual gearbox or five-speed tiptronic. It is available with the proven front-wheel-drive concept , or of course with quattro permanent four-wheel drive.
The two eight-cylinder engines are always equipped with a five-speed tiptronic: the 3.7 litre version developing 191 kW (260 bhp) is available with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The top-of-the-range engine for the A8 is a 4.2 litre unit developing a hefty 228 kW (310 bhp) and available exclusively with the quattro driveline.
The two versions of the familiar 2.5 litre V6 TDI engine are the one to choose for particularly good fuel economy. They have outputs of either 110 or 132 kW (150 or 180 bhp). The 110 kW version will be deleted from the model range in May 2000.
In particular the more powerful V6 TDI embodies the latest status in TDI technology. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art VP 44-S3 triple-plunger injection pump with separate solenoid-valve controlled pre-injection; injection pressures of up to 1850 bar are possible in this system. Turbocharger, water and oil cooling systems have been changed in comparison to the basic unit, as have the conrods and pistons. Thanks to a highly efficient exhaust-emission control system with a primary converter installed near the engine and a downstream oxidising converter, the 132 kW engine also outperforms the limits of the EU III emission standard.
The front-wheel drive version with six-speed manual transmission accelerates in 8.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and reaches a top speed of 227 km/h. This is performance that doesn't call for any express surcharge: the total fuel consumption according to 93/116/EC is 7.2 litres of diesel for every 100 kilometres driven.
The ample torque enables outstanding thrust - in particular in conjunction with the 5-speed tiptronic, this is an ideal prerequisite for a relaxed, commanding driving style at a uniformly high speed.
The most powerful turbo diesel in the A8 range of models and at the same time the highlight of Audi's TDI range is the eight-cylinder TDI with a displacement of 3.3 litres. With a torque of 480 Newton metres from between 1800 to 3000 rpm, an output of 165 kW (225 bhp) at 4000 rpm and outstanding acoustics and refinement, it underlines Audi's TDI proficiency. With four valves per cylinder, a common rail injection system, two electronically regulated VTG turbochargers, charge-air intercooling and an exhaust-gas recirculation system, the Audi V8 TDI is the first engine in its class to comply with the stringent EU III emission standard.
The range of optional extras for the Audi A8 includes a variety of interesting features to customise the car: all A8s can now be ordered with an integral windscreen heating system. Instead of the conventional principle of heating wires which interfere with the driver's view, this system uses the metal layer that produces the tinting effect in laminated windows as the heating element.
Thanks to its maximum output of 1000 Watts, any misting over that obscures the driver's vision soon disappears, and even when the car has been standing outside overnight in sub-zero temperatures, the windscreen can be quickly cleared of frost.
The A8 can be supplied with the newly developed xenon plus headlight package as a further option. The headlights, which use the gas discharge principle for the dipped and main-beam headlights, now exploit the familiar advantages of xenon light - high luminous intensity, intensive illumination of the road surface with light that closely resembles natural daylight, and a homogeneous distribution of light - over a range of up to 400 metres.
The particular advantage of the Audi xenon concept involving pivoting lenses, compared with systems using a beam gate, is that the full beam of light is always utilised. The changeover between the dipped-beam and high-beam settings is consequently particularly kind on the eyes. Xenon plus means that the driver's eyes suffer less fatigue and safety is enhanced when driving at night.
The range of optional equipment features also includes a tyre pressure monitoring system. When the car is on the move, this system monitors the selected tyre pressures at all four road wheels by means of radio signals. In the event of pressure loss, the driver is supplied with information on which wheel is affected by a colour display in the driver information system (DIS). If the pressure loss is only slight, a yellow advisory warning appears, to let the driver know that the tyre pressures should be increased. If, however, the pressure loss is extreme a red warning display indicates that the tyres should be inflated without delay or the affected tyre should be changed.
Audi A8 4.2 quattro long-wheelbase version
With this long-wheelbase version, Audi introduces a particularly luxurious Audi A8. It will be available with a powerful 228 kW (310 bhp) 4.2 litre five-valve V8 engine and with quattro permanent four-wheel drive and standard 5-speed tiptronic transmission. With its advanced technology, exclusive interior, comprehensive standard equipment and unusually generous amount of space in the rear seat area, the Audi A8 long-wheelbase model is an ideal form of luxurious, elegant long-distance passenger transport.
The A8 long-wheelbase model is entering a market segment that accounts for 15 percent of the European and almost 45 percent of the world's premium car segment.
The Audi A8's well proportioned, powerful and sporting styling loses nothing in terms of elegance in the long-wheelbase version with its overall length of 5,164 millimetres. With its clear, extended lines the long-wheelbase design also communicates the characteristics typically associated with the Audi A8: dynamism and agility.
The Audi A8's wheelbase has been extended by 130 mm for the long version. The growth in body length has been most elegantly incorporated between the B and D-posts. The rear doors, which are also 130 mm longer, blend harmoniously into the dynamic side line. Getting in and out of the car is now so much easier.
Rear passengers in the Audi A8 long-wheelbase version profit from 70 millimetres more legroom. This additional space is clearly noticed and appreciated particularly on long journeys. If the front-passenger seat is moved right forward, the rear passenger sitting behind can take advantage of more than generous knee room of up to 350 mm.
The Audi A8 long-wheelbase version also offers additional headroom in the rear seat area. Elbow and shoulder room have also been increased for the occupants.
Valcona leather upholstery dominates the car's interior. This leather is noted for its smooth feel and high degree of moisture permeability. Passengers enjoy an optimum seated climate wherever they are sitting. Standard front and rear seat heating is a further luxury feature.
The standard feature "Comfort" seat package with more pronounced contours to the softly upholstered seats offers rear seat passengers the finest in seating comfort. The functional specification includes among other things: front and rear seat heating, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function for the driver's seat and power lumbar supports at front and rear. Electric adjustment for the individual rear seats is available as an optional extra.
Standard equipment also includes xenon headlights with a headlight cleaning system and automatic headlight beam angle adjustment.
quattro GmbH can fulfil the most individual of equipment requests. Take for example the office package comprising of a fax machine, TV with VCR for rear seat passengers and a refrigerator and bar compartment for the rear-seat area.