If you have watched the Transporter 2 & 3 movies then you’ve seen the black sedan that Jason Statham is always running about with. Well friends that car is the Audi A8. The A8 series are like the S-Class for Mercedes or 7-Series for the BMW. These cars aren’t competing for performance, they are actually competing to be the most luxurious and exclusive sedan.
Currently the A8 seems to be the one to beat. It moves more agile than its competitors and it has some really bit of interesting technology on offer. I especially like the night vision camera that is connected to a screen fitted on your speedometer. Probably, Statham requested this feature so he could know who is shooting at him at night. To be at the pinnacle of luxury it takes effort, Audi should be impressed with themselves. However, to remain there is another matter altogether. Time will tell if the four ring marque will rule for decades to come.
Production for the A8 began in 1994, as it replaced the W8. Of worthy note the A8 was the first mass produced aluminium chassis vehicle. Later in 1996 a high performance version based on the A8 the short wheelbase S8 came into inception. The A8 comes in a number of variants that is long wheelbase and short wheelbase. The long wheelbase variants are recognized as the A8 L. Also each A8 is fitted with the Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.
The current A8 variations were minted in 2010 – 2012, with tweaked versions after. Tweaking the A8 has been a way for Audi to stifle the impact of release by other full-sized luxury brands like the S-Class of 2013.
The A8 standard engine is the supercharged 3.0 L V6 which produces 333 hp. However, you have other options like the 3.0 L turbodiesel V6 that produces 240 hp and the 4.0 L twin-turbo V8 that conjures 450 hp. However, if you are going for ultimate performance than you should consider the 6.3 L W12 which produces 500 hp. The car is electronically limited to 155 mph in Europe, however it is limited to 130 mph in America. The car handles well for its size and has been praised by critics and test drivers alike for its sharp steering, traction and suspension.
The A8 maintains an austere exterior but heaps all its effort in a lush and plush interior. For the headlights you have an option between xenon, LED and Matrix LED. The Matrix LED is only available in Europe due to a law passed in the 1960s banning active headlamps in the US. There is enough legroom for everyone in the four-seat sedan. This however looks to have come at the price of a smaller boot. Inside the cabin you have the usual soft leather upholstery, a Bose surround-sound 14 speaker system, Audi’s MMI infotainment and navigation system, but to just mention a few.
Prices for the Audi A8 range as they start at $ 82,425 MSRP.
Do you believe this is the ultimate in German styled full luxury sedans or do you have another German automaker in mind? Have your say, leave a comment.