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2008 Audi A8

  • 2008 Audi A8 Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      350/325
    • ENGINE
      4.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $74,690
  • 2008 Audi A8 L Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      19
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      450/428
    • ENGINE
      6.0L W12
    • MSRP
      $120,100
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2008 Audi A8 Review

Even without the prestigious reputation of its competitors, it offers an amazing combination of luxury, performance, and craftsmanship.

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Overview

The past few decades have seen an impressive amount of steady improvement in the world of full-size sedans. For the most part, earlier full-size sedans looked significantly bulkier compared to their successors and they were highly fuel inefficient. Like the evolution of all car design, ?full size? has changed over time due to trends and customer reviews. This has resulted in space-efficient vehicles that have moderate fuel economy, even in larger sedans. Despite these alterations, most full-size cars still get considered luxury vehicles due to their added amenities and higher base prices. The 2008 Audi A8 falls into this perception with its luxurious interior, high performance engine, and high starting price.

The vehicle itself makes a great choice for people looking to own a full-size luxury sedan without appearing too snobbish. In addition to the features that naturally come with the A8, the 2008 version has made some valuable and pleasant changes to its overall package. The exterior and interior get a few refreshing updates as well.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed Tiptronic automatic
Models: Audi A8 Quattro, Audi A8 L Quattro, Audi A8 L V-12 Quattro

What's New

The Audi A8 receives numerous updates for the 2008 model year. The refreshed exterior now gets distinct grilles for each trim level, making them distinguishable from one another. Redesigned fog lights and taillights, new side mirror-mounted turn signals, and new wheels complete the facelift. The cabin receives more sound insulation to increase overall ride comfort. More aluminum accents on the interior give it a sportier flair than previous models. Heated seats in both the front and rear, as well as satellite radio, now come standard.

Exterior

The 2008 Audi A8’s exterior design looks pretty conservative, retaining an overall classic Audi look. The style seems quite pleasing to the eye despite its traditional nature. Slightly perking up its appearance, a new chrome grille has been added to the front of the 2008 model with different styles for each trim level. The V-8 models feature a horizontally themed grille whereas the V-12 vehicles see a vertical theme instead. Since it features high-quality materials in its construction, the A8 sports a very solid construction that is built to last. The body curves create a powerful yet subtle confidence, exuding luxurious athleticism.

Interior

All passengers should feel very comfortable in the A8, particularly those in the L Quattro model, which boasts 42 inches of legroom in the rear. True to its personality, the A8’s fit and finish feature an artistic use of wood and an increased number of aluminum accents. All body types find a convenient driving position through the help of a 16-way adjustable seat coupled with a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The button layout looks clean and smooth thanks to Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI), which keeps the dash uncluttered and still controls everything from the audio systems to the adjustable air suspension.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Audi A8 offer two engine selections. A 4.2-liter, V-8 engine produces 350 horsepower and 325 lb-feet of torque in both the A8 and A8 L models. The V-12 model is actually named after its special engine, a six-liter, 12-cylinder engine generating 450 horsepower and 428 lb-feet of torque. Both engine options pair with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, which sends power to all four wheels through the Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Safety

The 2008 Audi A8 comes equipped with front-seat and rear-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Also, all models come complete with anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, and active front head restraints.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi A8 V-8: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Audi A8 V-12: 13/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Appealing cabin style
  • Superb driving dynamics
  • Standard all-wheel drive

You Won't Like

  • Lack of prestige
  • High fuel economy

Sum Up

Even without the prestigious reputation of its competitors, it offers an amazing combination of luxury, performance, and craftsmanship.

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