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2011 Audi A8 L arrives with 500-hp W12, seating for a king-maker

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2011 Audi A8 L arrives with 500-hp W12, seating for a king-maker

by Damon Lavrinc (RSS feed) on Apr 15th, 2010 at 6:00PM

Audi is pulling out its biggest gun yet for the Beijing Motor Show, and while the big news for the A8 L might be the 6.3-liter W12 and the sedan's longer wheelbase, it's the rear seat accommodations that have us frothing at the mouth.

Seriously, just look at it.

With an overall length of nearly 17 and a half feet, the A8 L is almost a half-foot longer than its standard sibling, with a wheelbase of 10.24 feet. Those extra inches are put to good effect, with an interior that's enough to make a Maybach look downright spartan.

Open the lengthened rear doors and occupants are greeted by acres of leather, a full-length center console and two power-adjustable, heated and ventilated seats that not only move fore and aft, but include adjustments for cushion depth, lumbar support and seat back angle. Ten remote-controlled air-bladders massage your cares away, and if the front passenger seat – with its power-adjustable folding ottoman – cramps your style, you can move it forward with the flick of a switch.

The standard four-zone automatic climate control is manipulated by no less than 25 adjustable motors, and the massive center tunnel contains everything from a folding table to a refrigerator. It's all first-class, from the ambient lighting to the Valonea leather, and when the time comes to put the laptop away, crank up the 1,400-watt, 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System and enjoy a movie on one of the two 10.2-inch LCD displays.

If you're ready to give your chauffeur a rest, take solace in the fact that the W12 puts out 500 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque through Audi's new eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. The result is a remarkably quick 4.9-second run to 60 and a electrically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

The W12 will be the standard engine at launch, with a few diesel and petrol-powered engines available further down the line. We'd expect pricing for the A8 L to be revealed shortly after its official debut later this month, but in the meantime, make the jump for the full details.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/04/15/2011-audi-a8-l-arrives-with-500-hp-w12-seating-for-a-king-maker/

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Doesn't look like a bad place to spend some time.

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The Bimmer and Benz have more power. And the S-class doesn't look like an $36,000 A4.

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inches are put to good effect, with an interior that's enough to make a Maybach look downright spartan.

The A8 has a nice interior, but let's not over state it here. The A8 isn't beating the interior of the most powerful 4-door ever made.

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i am guessing a lot of people will be relaxing in the lounge chair in the back or having a lot of sex in the back of that car..look at all that room and handy fold down seat bottom.......

the dang XTS wont have this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I like how Audi is keeping the greenhouse large, the beltline low, and the pillars thin...

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Cool, looks like my wife will be rockin' an Audi 15 years from now.

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I like how Audi is keeping the greenhouse large, the beltline low, and the pillars thin...

I don't. I think its lost alot in the looks department. The outgoing model had this "large mass" look (that I loved...my favorite luxury sedan actually!). This one looks like they starved it a bit. Its sleeker, but Id rather it look hefty.

Interior is still one of the best IMO, although they messed with a few details I liked in the older car (drivers door pull, for one).

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The Bimmer and Benz have more power.

Yeah, twin turbos tend to do that...

Oh, and in MB's case (S600 only worthwhile comparison), just barely... and mated to an old 5-speed transmission, to boot.

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