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2013 Audi A8L: Nvidia Graphics, Wi-Fi, LED Lights, And Google Earth

Audi's 4.0 L Powertrain With Quattro

Propelling the A8L from 0-60 in a mere 4.2-seconds (according to Motor Trend's tests) is a 4.0 L V8 engine rated for 420 hp. It makes 444 lb-ft of torque at a very low 1500 RPM and sends the nearly two-ton A8L down the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds. That's sports car-fast in a limousine form factor. The four-liter motor with overhead cams, variable valve timing, and a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers increases power while maintaining efficiency.

Speaking of efficiency, this configuration receives an EPA rating of 16/26 MPG in city and highway driving. That might seem low compared to a hybrid, but my wife’s minivan gets close to the same mileage with 134 fewer horses and much lower performance stats. So long as you stick to highway cruising, this land barge will reward you with respectable fuel consumption.

Audi mates the 4.0 L V8 to a very familiar ZF 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission, which is used in pretty much everything from Jeep's Grand Cherokee to Jaguar's F-Type, which are both vehicles we’ve reviewed. The A8L's ZF 8HP is no different. It delivers quick and smooth shifts, though it's not as snappy as the F-Type. Power is then sent to all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. By default, the power split is 40/60, with a bias to the rear wheels.

Naturally, the A8L's powertrain makes it more of a joy to drive than if the car were underpowered. The four-liter engine is great for merging into traffic or overtaking on a two-lane road. Fuel efficiency suffers, of course, if you can't keep that tendency under control. But something tells me that anyone dropping six figures on an executive cruiser isn't sweating the price of oil. Quattro keeps the A8L planted around corners, while the rear bias helps prevent understeer. Although the car weighs almost two tons, the A8L is still a lot of fun to drive.

  • cypeq
    Tom's add regular Refirgerator reviews they also get touchscreens built in.
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  • vertexx
    Aren't 2014 models out by now?
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  • Zeh
    One can always dream...
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  • cozmium
    Another prime example of how B&O are only made for big wallets and not discerning audio enthusiasts. Bowers and Wilkins, such as in the Jaguar XF, sound utterly fantastic. In a car you have a minefield of acoustic problems to overcome, and it takes more than slapping in fancy looking speakers.
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  • Flicules
    I would like to see an article about the new Infotainment system on the Mazda 3(MY14)
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  • Nintendo Maniac 64
    *reads title*...so basically all the things Tesla already had in 2012?

    (wifi hardware was present but the software wasn't enabled since the first year of 3G was free)
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  • vertexx
    The 2014 A8 L features a Bose sound system, or perhaps that's the standard option.
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  • Metalrenok
    Car reviews? Seriously Tom's?
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  • Metalrenok
    Car reviews? Seriously Tom's?
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  • bhaberle
    So umm. It is important to know that even lower end Audi's like the S4 (standard) and the A4 (optional) have these features, such as wi-fi, etc. And yes the wifi hotspot was available in last year's versions of these cars (which actually is the 2013 ones.) The a4/s4 versions are not touch though, which is not really an issue.
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