Ground-Breaking New Audi A8 Models Take to the UK Roads
Date: Monday, May 10, 2004 @ 15:03:45 BST
Author: audioc
Topic: A8, S8
New A8 models featuring 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol, 6.0-litre 12-cylinder petrol and 3.0-litre six-cylinder TDI engines all available for UK ordering

Common rail 3.0-litre TDI creates the first ever EU4-compliant D-segment diesel

3.0-litre petrol model is the world’s first luxury saloon to feature Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), maximising performance and fuel economy

Potent 6.0-litre model features striking and exclusive single frame grille design and unique engine with ‘W’ cylinder formation

3.0-litre petrol: 220PS @ 6,300rpm, 300Nm @ 3,200rpm, 0-62mph in 7.9 secs, max speed 150mph, combined mpg 29.1

3.0-litre TDI: 233PS @ 4,000rpm, 450Nm from 1,400 to 3,250rpm, 0-62mph in 7.8 secs, max speed 150mph, combined mpg 32.8

6.0-litre petrol: 450PS @ 6,200rpm, 580Nm @ 4,000rpm, 0-62mph in 5.2 secs, max speed 155mph (governed), combined mpg 19.0

Three important new petrol and TDI models set to advance the art of the luxury car have just completed the Audi A8 range in the UK. The new A8 3.0, priced from £46,175 OTR, is notable as the first ever luxury saloon to reap the benefits of step-less continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), bringing major gains in performance, fuel economy and emissions. The new A8 3.0 TDI quattro, available for £47,380 OTR, joins the line-up as the world’s first D-segment diesel saloon to meet forthcoming EU4 emissions regulations, reducing running costs for business users. And at the forefront of the range, the potent A8 L 6.0 quattro, priced at £75,775 OTR, brings exceptional performance from a unique W12 petrol engine, combined with an exclusive new look.

Remarkable new A8 multitronic
Available in standard or long-wheelbase body styles, the new A8 3.0 multitronic is powered by a sophisticated lightweight alloy-block V6 petrol engine offering 220PS at 6,300rpm and a maximum 300Nm of torque at 3,200rpm. It is capable of accelerating to 62mph in an impressive 7.9 seconds and, where permissible, reaching a top speed of 150mph.

Uninterrupted by conventional automatic gear changes thanks to its continuously variable gear ratio, and unhindered by a power and fuel-sapping torque converter, the multitronic transmission plays a key role in maximising the performance of the responsive V6 engine, and delivering it with exceptional smoothness. It also ensures that fuel economy in the A8 3.0 stands out from the crowd, with up to 29.1mpg possible on the combined cycle.

High-tech TDI
The new A8 3.0 TDI quattro features the first of a new generation of Audi TDI engines. Unusually compact at just 440mm in length, the new turbocharged and twin-intercooled 24-valve unit employs common rail injection with the world’s most advanced Piezo injection technology for the first time in an Audi. It develops 233PS at 4,000 rpm and an exceptional maximum torque figure of 450Nm from just 1,400rpm through to 3,250rpm.

This impressive output enables the A8 3.0 TDI to outperform all other comparable diesel-powered saloons, helped by an all-aluminium body shell that is some 50 per cent lighter than an equivalent steel body, and 60 per cent more rigid. An impressive

0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 151mph are achievable without ruling out equally exceptional fuel economy of up to 31.7mpg.

The A8 3.0 TDI quattro sets a new standard as the first and only diesel car in the large luxury class to combine six-speed tiptronic transmission with permanent all-wheel drive, and also to outperform the tough EU4 exhaust emission limits that will apply from 2006.

Distinctively different range flagship
From behind its flagship-identifying single-frame grille, the A8 L 6.0 quattro’s unique W12 engine brings 450PS and a mighty 580Nm of torque, more than 95 percent of which is available between 2,300 and 5,300 rpm, making for unparalleled throttle response.

This exceptional output gives the new A8 L 6.0 quattro the potential to power from rest to 62mph in just 5.2 seconds, from rest to 124mph (where conditions allow) in a mere 17.4 seconds and to an electronically limited 155mph top speed in around 30 seconds.

The new engines complete an exceptional line-up of refined petrol and TDI diesel units that includes 3.7-litre and 4.2-litre, 40-valve V8s with 280PS and 335PS and a more recently introduced 32-valve V8 TDI combining 275PS with an exceptional 650Nm of torque and 29.4mpg economy.

From the front-wheel-drive A8 3.0 to the permanently four-wheel-driven

A8 L 6.0 quattro, all models feature lightweight aluminium running gear incorporating air suspension with continuously variable damper settings capable of adapting to suit the prevailing road conditions. Four pre-determined spring and damper settings can also be selected by the driver using the Multi Media Interface control, which is fitted as standard across the range.

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