2000 Audi A8
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2000 Audi A8 Review
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The 2000 Audi A8 classifies as a luxury sedan manufactured by German carmaker Audi AG. It made its debut in 1994 in Europe and in 1997 in North America, and it succeeds the V8. The A8, however, differs from the V8 in many ways. For one, the Audi V8 used an existing steel platform as a base, but the Audi A8 uses a brand-new Volkswagen D2 platform with a complete aluminum body called the Audi Space Frame or ASF.
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Audi A8 Quattro, Audi A8 L Quattro
The 2000 Audi A8 features bigger headlights, a revised front grille, reshaped bumpers, and an additional aluminum and chrome trim. Some changes alter the interior too, such as new surfaces on the dash and standard Valcona leather upholstery for all models.
The switchgear has also been revised to make the A8 easier to steer, and a new navigation system joins the options list. The 2000 Audi A8 draws power from a new 40-valve, 4.2-liter V-8, and a new suspension with aluminum components reduces the weight of the car and improves its handling.
The 2000 Audi A8 L Quattro, which marks the long wheelbase version, also launches this year for improved comfort at the rear. This new trim comes with a navigation system and an electronic stability control system as standard features.
The extended wheelbase Audi A8 measures five inches longer than the normal A8 Quattro, and the wheelbase of 203 inches also stretches longer than the 118.5 inches of the Quattro.
The 2000 Audi A8 has an unusual appearance because of its all-aluminum chassis, suspension parts, and skeleton-like frame. All three factors take away a good 300 to 500 pounds off the car, making it stronger, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient than it would have been with a conventional steel chassis.
The 2000 Audi A8 features bucket seats in front, with abundant space available for tall occupants. The seats themselves feel comfortable and firmly supportive. The rear, however, does not offer as much space as that in the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. However, the bench itself feels quite supportive and comfortably accommodates two adults.
The extended length version of the 2000 Audi A8 adds three inches of rear legroom to the car, which makes up for the lack of space in the regular model and actually gives the car a limousine-like spaciousness.
Leather upholstery comes standard on the A8, but customers can choose from six different colors. Two choices of wood inlays also remain available—sycamore and walnut. The steering wheel gets power tilt, as well as a telescoping feature for optimum driver convenience.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Audi A8 only comes with a 4.2-liter V-8 engine with new cylinder heads and five valves for each cylinder instead of four. The engine delivers 300 horsepower, and mates with a Porsche Tiptronic five-speed automatic transmission along with the company’s own Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
The low weight and more than decent engine specifications give the A8 good acceleration. However, with a zero to 60 mph time of 6.7 seconds, the A8 still moves slower than its competitors.
The A8 offers a ride quality on par with its German luxury counterparts, although it does not seem as sporty as the BMW. The car offers a predictable but fun ride, and the strong grip of the steering wheel makes the A8 more stable and grounded at high speeds than the competition.
The 2000 Audi A8 comes fitted with six airbags—two in front and four along the sides. The side airbags deploy by two curtain-like devices along the side windows from the lining of the roof.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Power-packed performance
- All-wheel drive
- Lightweight aluminum chassis
- Very luxurious
You Won't Like
- Very expensive
- Cramped rear bench
- Soft suspension
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