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2011 Audi A8

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2011 Audi A8 Review

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Audi's "Truth in Engineering" tagline and commitment to endowing its cars with the highest levels of technology will be rigorously tested with the 2011 Audi A8 going against the stiff competition in the full-size premium sedan segment. The Lexus LS range consistently offers a wide range of technical features and much-lauded engineering precision, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class packs near-mythic levels of luxury and a very wide range of powerplant options, and the Jaguar XJ is a truly viable contender. The Audi A8's fiercest competitor, however, might be the BMW 7 Series, particularly in the area of driving dynamics. Two A8 models will be offered, the standard-wheelbase version and the long-wheelbase A8 L.

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You particularly enjoy tactile sensation when interfacing with the car's interior and controls. No other sedan in the segment delivers a higher quality interior than the 2011 Audi A8, evidenced in top-tier materials like real aluminum, silk-smooth leather and even top-grade plastic when plastic must be used.

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You expect an entirely visceral driving experience. The 2011 A8 might not quite match the steering precision, feedback and road feel of a BMW, or the large number of engine choices from Mercedes-Benz.

What's New for 2011

The exterior styling of the 2011 Audi A8 sedan is all-new, yet largely follows the traditional and elegant theme established for the A8, with enhanced LED lighting up front. As with the R8 sports car, aluminum Audi Space Frame construction has helped hone the chassis and reduces that chassis weight by a claimed 40 percent over a comparable steel structure. Inside, the MMI control interface has been revised, incorporating an innovative touchpad for driver input.

Driving the A8

Driving Impressions Three things help contribute to the quick 5.7-second zero-to-60-mph time of the 2011 Audi A8: Lighter construction due to the Audi Space Frame, a new 8-speed automatic transmission and a...

22-horsepower increase over the previous V8 engine. The driving experience is surprisingly improved over the previous version, with precise steering and a great transmission helping to make the car feel quite nimble and smaller than it actually is. And there's always that magnificent interior to keep you company. The Audi's quattro all-wheel drive must be lauded for giving the 2011 A8 sedan a level of road-holding feel unmatched by its competition.

MMI Touch
There's just no disputing it: The 2011 Audi A8 introduces a new level to the driver-to-car interface with the touch-pad. Simply draw the characters with your finger when selecting a destination, or let the intuitive touch-pad backlight for easy access to your favorite stations.

8-Speed Automatic Transmission
Audi has managed to increase the fuel efficiency of the 2011 A8 sedan by some 13 percent, thanks in part to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The 8-speed gearbox operation is virtually seamless, delivering quick and nearly imperceptible shifts under normal driving.

2011 Audi A8 Details
2011 Audi A8 photo Interior

As stated above, there really is no better interior in this segment in terms of feel, fit, and finish. The standard upholstery is stitched Valonea leather; no smoother or more supple surface exists outside of offerings from perhaps Rolls-Royce or Aston Martin.
The controls on the center stack are logically grouped around the MMI in terms of function and Audi goes to great lengths to make sure each button or knob offers the same operational resistance as every other button or knob-small touches, but telling as to the overall attention to detail.

Exterior
2011 Audi A8 photo

Like most every new Audi model, there's no mistaking the headlights on the 2011 A8. As with the R8 5.2, the lights display not only the distinctive daytime-running LED strip, but are themselves some of the first on the planet to rely solely on LED clusters for illumination.
That signature trapezoidal grille dominates the car's face and gives it a distinct personality. The perhaps simple yet stylishly elegant Audi A8 body language is complemented by a new 19-inch wheel design, with 20-inch alloys available for extra cost.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

As the company flagship, every 2011 A8 and A8 L sedans come equipped with Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system. Additional standard equipment includes 18-way power-adjustable front seats, burl walnut trim, directionally adaptive headlights and the next-generation MMI interface. Everything else a luxury-car buyer would reasonably expect as standard equipment on a vehicle of the Audi A8's character and image is, naturally, included.

Optional Equipment

Safety-related options for the 2011 Audi A8 include lane assist, adaptive cruise control, side assist to monitor blind spot areas, and Audi Night Vision Assistant with pedestrian-detecting and highlighting capability. For the audiophile, the high-end Bang & Olufsen sound system includes 19 speakers, 1,400 watts of power and is claimed to make the Audi A8 a virtual concert hall on wheels.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Audi A8 is offered with a 4.2-liter V8 of 372 horsepower and 328 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission, which drives all four wheels via Audi's signature quattro all-wheel drive. The powertrain is everything you would expect and a luxury car deserves, making lots of smooth and responsive power and delivering it nearly-seamlessly to all four wheels, resulting in a car that will deal with just about anything the roads or the weather may throw at it.

4.2-liter V8
372 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
328 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/27

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2011 Audi A8 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 14 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

IN ALL SENSES THE BEST LUXURY CAR IN ITS CLASS !

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "LOOKS, VALUE , COMFORT AND GREAT FUN TO DRIVE"

Cons: "NO USB PORTS"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I BOUGHT MY A8L 5 MONTHS AGO AND SO FAR IT HAS LIVED UP TO ALL OF ITS HYPE AND THEN SOME. I HAVE DRIVEN S550, 750 LI, JAGXJL AND LEXUS LS AND I HAVE FOUND THE A8L TO BE THE SMOOTHEST AND THE MOST FUN TO DRIVE. THE INTERIOR IS SO LUXE THAT ONLY THE S CLASS CAN COMPARE TO IT AT AN EXTRA COST OF 12 TO 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS. ALL THOSE PEOPLE IN CAR MAGAZINES TALKING ABOUT BMW BEING THE DRIVERS CAR HAVEN'T DRIVEN AN AUDI. ALL THOSE IN THE MARKET FOR A SUPER LUXURY CAR GO SEE AN COMPARE AND AUDI A8L TO OTHER FLAGSHIPS. YOU WILL COME TO THE SAME CONCLUSION AS I DID, THE A8L DELIVERS THE MOST BANG FOR THE BUCK."

18 people out of 34 found this review helpful

The best car I ever own!

By on Thursday, January 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quality, Comfort, Grip, TDI Gas Milage, Premium"

Cons: "Should have fewer model to choose from."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I was going to buy S550 but went for A8, drove all three S 550, 750 LI and A8 TDI. The best drive A8, best com for A8, best road grip A8 and most luxurious A8. Audi A8 reminds me of Bentley from inside. No doubt I love Mercedes from outside, and A8 from inside. But reality is you spend most of the time inside the car not outside looking at it. I will highly recommend you to drive all three before making your decision."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

I really enjoy this car

By on Saturday, September 14, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned luxury cars before but this car exceeds in all categories including handling,performance,comfort and fuel economy"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

no reliability or quolity

By on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

I owned and sold this car
Reason: went back to american made

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "lookes and comfert"

Cons: "everything els"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"teribble car 2010 model and 6788 miles most of the time its in the shop i shood have none better i got an american made"

1 person out of 22 found this review helpful

Spectacular

By on Thursday, May 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"One word describes it...........SPECTACULAR!!/ My 2013 A8L with 15k miles has been fantastic!! thanks Audi"

Audi A8 - Luxury Redefined!!!!!!!

By on Sunday, April 28, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "ONCE YOU HAVE IT, NOTHING CAN BE BETTER!!!!"

Cons: "MAKES ITS COMPETITORS RUN FOR THEIR MONEY!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have just bought my Audi A8L! The car is just phenomenal and super luxurious! It has all the features, technology, and design that screams luxury! Bird-eye-view camera with all possible angles of the car from any corner. 22 way seat adjustments with massage capability. A cabin that soothes your every sense making you feel in ecstatic state of mind with led lighting the entire car at night and with selection of three different color variations. The craftsmanship of the interior would be more than enough to buy the car but Audi didn't stop there-they introduced an exterior design with perhaps the best looking face a luxury sedan to date. Everywhere I take this car, it always gets noticed and people take there last chance to see it before it disappears. The car has a built in Wifi that can connect up to eight devices and especially a great feature for long drives with friends! Ventilated and heat seats are great as well! In short, it is the luxury sedan made for the person who knows what true luxury is! For people who have considered other luxury brands for their super luxury sedan, give Audi a chance and you will know what I'm talking about. This car is youthful, elegant, sophisticated, and most of all, the pinnacle of what a luxury car is all about! Experience it and be prepared to be dazzled!!!"

11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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