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2013 Audi A8 L W12

2013 Audi A8 Review

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The aluminum flagship.

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New For 2013

As with the A6 and the A7, the arrival of an S version of the A8 makes the headlines here. But there is other powertrain news as well, with the addition of a supercharged V-6 that brings down the point of entry for the A8 and the replacement of the 4.2-liter V-8 with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter unit.

Overview

Since its debut in 1997, every A8 has been a study in proportions, and the current one is no different. Its interior is similarly elegant and modern. Like its predecessors, the newest A8 sedan features aluminum construction, and as a result, it’s among the lightest offerings in its class. Less flab aids the car’s athleticism and fuel economy. Speaking of the latter, there’s a new, supercharged V-6 powering the base version, and it lowers the cost of entry for the A8 by some $7000. The 3.0T, as it’s known, is available in standard- and long-wheelbase forms. Next up is a new V-8, which, at 4.0 liters, is slightly smaller than before but more than makes up for it with two turbochargers. It, too, is available in both body sizes. More-sporting drivers will want to know about the new S8. It uses the same 4.0-liter turbo V-8 but is tuned up to 520 hp—enough to zip this sport sedan writ large from 0 to 60 mph in fewer than four seconds. Then there’s the W12 and its stonking 6.3-liter twelve-cylinder engine and six-figure price. The W12 is available only with the long wheelbase. All-wheel drive is standard across the lineup. So is a polished eight-speed automatic with a boat-themed shifter that is, unfortunately, cumbersome to use. But that’s about the only cumbersome aspect of Audi’s high-tech flagship.

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2013 A8 L W12 Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 6.3L W12 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 13 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 380 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
23.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 500 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 463 ft lb of torque @ 4,750 rpm

'13 Audi L W12 Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Rear Side Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
  Seats  
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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
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Leather Seats
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Massaging Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
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