2011 Audi A8 Review – Premium luxury in a refined, understated package

Friday September 3rd, 2010 at 7:99 AM
Posted by: AKramer

By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Smooth and powerful direct injection V8 engine
  • Brilliant 8 speed automatic transmission
  • Adjustable air suspension goes from sports sedan firm to la-Z-boy cush
  • Impressive array of active safety features
  • Adaptive cruise control works so well you wonder why the car can’t drive itself
  • 3 words – massaging front seats

Cons:

  • Interior is a bit small for a full-size luxury sedan, especially in back
  • Exterior style remains largely unchanged and is still rather understated

Often overshadowed in America by rivals Mercedes and BMW, especially in the mid and full-size luxury categories, Audi is looking to make the case that it is the premier German nameplate. For 2011 the flagship A8 luxury sedan gets thoroughly reworked, although you’d hardly know by looking at the car. Though the styling remains largely unchanged and quite reserved, much has been modified underneath the sheet metal. By combining advanced technology with smooth, refined performance, Audi has crafted a compelling alternative to other more flashy luxury saloons.

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Audi Partners With Google Earth For The Best Navigation System

Monday August 30th, 2010 at 5:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

Google Earth used in Audi's navigation system2011 Audi A8 to Feature Built-in Google Earth, Maps, and Local Search

The all-new 2011 Audi A8 incorporates more technological advances and wizardry than a Boeing 787. Highlights include an aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF) that is 40% lighter and 25% stiffer than a comparable chassis made of steel and Audi’s pre-sense safety system for avoiding accidents and for minimizing their consequences. One technological highlight that is immediately appreciated by anyone seated in the redesigned A8 flagship is Audi’s fifth generation Multi-Media Interface (MMI) with a touchpad and navigation system, using the same embedded Google Earth application used in the iPhone and Droid, only adapted into an automotive application. This is the first time ever Google Maps has been incorporated into a car.

Not surprising, Audi and Google have teamed up to have Google Earth pre-installed into the 2011 A8. Previewed at this year’s CES, the completed system won the award for Best Embedded Telematics Navigation Product at the 2010 Telematics conference in Detroit.

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Sport & Comfort Packages On The Way For Audi A8

Monday April 13th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Audi A8 Sport Plus

I have a bit of a confession to make. Even though I’m a dyed-in-the-wool sports car guy, a guy that lives by Colin Chapman’s axiom of “To go fast, add lightness”, I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for big, fast, high tech sedans. Did I mention them being fast was a good thing. Take Audi’s A8 for example. What a brute, what a road trip car. Imagine blasting across the country in one of those, or even better, in an S8.

Yes, it would be fun, if not exactly as sporting as doing it an Enzo. Audi, it would seem, understands this paradox, and has decided to off some rather nice tuning bits for it’s top of the line luxo-sedan.

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