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2013 Audi A8 Review
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The 2013 Audi A8 is a full-size luxury sedan that comes standard with plenty of bells and whistles. While it’s produced and developed in Germany, the American version of the car has historically had slightly more powerful engines as standard fare. This changes in 2013, but it hasn't at all produced a less powerful car.
The Audi A8 has long been a top-pick for luxury sedans. It is loaded down with high tech features inside, outside, and under the hood. Other than the small amount of cargo space and the extremely high price tag, the Audi A8 rarely disappoints.
New For 2013
The Audi A8 has traditionally been equipped with V-8 and W-12 engines in the United States. Among other changes, Audi engine changes and options for 2013 include:
- The 4.2-liter, V-8 engine from previous models is replaced by a supercharged, better-performing, V-6 engine
- Audi adds a more powerful V-8 engine and a diesel V-6 engine to the list of options
The exterior of the Audi A8 may be a bit generic given the high price tag, but it is definitely suave and extremely sleek. All A8s come with 19-inch alloy wheels, and 20-inch 10-parallel-spoke design wheels are an available option. The 2013 Audi A8 also comes with a spare alloy wheel and a spare matching tire mounted in the trunk.
Among their long list of fancy features, Audi equips their cars with intermittent rain sensing wipers that begin working as soon as rain beings to fall and adjusts appropriately depending on the intensity of the weather. The powered sunroof comes standard as well. There is also a powered rear sunshade and manual rear sunshade for side windows to help keep interior in great shape and cool.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Audi A8 comes standard with premium leather upholstery, which includes seating, the steering wheel, and the shifting knob. Trim is alloy and wood for the center console, dash, and doors, which makes the interior especially sleek. Cargo space measures 13.2 cubic feet.
The back seat is a foldable bench with trunk access through the center armrest. Front seats are heated and powered, 16-way-adjustable bucket seats. Front seats also include the option of memory settings for up to four user-defined presets, making it ideal for a car driven by several drivers. Memory settings are available for the steering wheel tilt adjustments as well. Four-zone climate control is standard and even has memory options to make it easily adjustable. Front and rear air ducts make the ride comfortable for everybody. A real-time traffic computer and GPS help with navigating busy roads.
The Audi A8 includes a huge list of interior entertainment features. A Bose stereo system and Bose speakers make for excellent sound quality with a total of 14 speakers. The built-in video monitor and DVD player make it easy to entertain passengers. The Audi A8 also comes standard with a Sirius satellite radio system, speed sensitive volume adjustments, and slots for USB, MP3 players, and other devices.
Interior options include a rear-seat entertainment package, Audi First Aid kit, black cloth headliner, and a few other trivial options. Overall, the huge amount of standard features makes options unneeded fare.
The 2013 Audi A8 comes standard with an array of safety features. This includes all-wheel anti-lock brakes matched with front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Braking is also aided by electronic brake force distribution and emergency braking assist for optimum stopping ability. Front and rear seats include airbags to reduce injuries to the head and neck. Front and rear headrests also help reduce the possibility of whiplash and other injuries to the passengers. Front headrests are powered to adjust easily while driving and avoid distractions from the road.
The A8 is equipped with xenon high intensity discharge headlamps, cornering lights, and daytime running lights, which automatically sense dusk to adjust lighting needs. The lighting system also includes automatically delayed lights that shut themselves off. Headlamps also include high-pressured washers to ensure visibility on the road. Headlights also self-adjust for height, making sure that they're aimed properly at all times.
The Audi A8 also features an intuitive pre-collision safety system and post-collision safety system. These systems not only help reduce the consequences of a collision, but also react to help stop further collisions. The pre-collision safety system includes deceleration prior to impact, braking, and automatic closure of windows and sunroof to help reduce injury.
Believe it or not, the new 333-hp, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that replaces the V-8 engine is actually more powerful than its predecessor. The Audi A8’s new engine produces 325 lb-ft of torque, and it has a turning radius of 41.7 feet. The 2013 Audi A8 receives roughly 18/28 mpg city/highway. The standard Audi A8 3.0T quattro is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The L 6.3 quattro comes with a 500-hp, 6.3-liter, W-12 engine that creates 463 lb-ft of torque The more powerful L 6.3 quattro receives an average of 14/21 mpg city/highway.
The Audi A8 has an extremely sophisticated multi-link suspension system in the front and rear of the vehicle. The Audi A8 comes standard with all-wheel-drive capabilities. This also includes four-wheel independent suspension and stabilizer bars in the front and back that makes the drive smooth and the Audi extremely adaptable. A limited slip differential helps keep the Audi on the road in troublesome terrain.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Audi A8
- Lexus LS 460
- Jaguar XK Series
- Porsche Panamera
- BMW 7-Series
- Maserati Quattroporte