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Review: 2011 Audi A8

A Plus-Sized S4 With World-Beating Tech 2011 Audi A8 - Click above for high-res image gallery "Holy #&%*@^% $#^@!" I have to admit losing track of how many times my hapless copilot uttered this – and countless other unpublishable phrases – from the passenger seat during our drive. But if I'm being honest, it doesn't hold a candle to the endless string of explicatives running through my own mind. The reason? I'm piloting a 2011 Audi A8 through a particularly tortuous stretch of California tarmac running between the Monterey Valley and the Pacific Coast, and for... Read More

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    These large-footprint premium sedans have very outspoken fan clubs, for at this scale, a company's design logic is laid out big on the table for all to dissect. Speaking for myself, I am an Audi A8/Volkswagen Phaeton kind of person. I absolutely enjoy the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and have a certain weakness for the BMW 7 Series, but it's the A8 in this ...

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    Car and Driver has an update on the design shuffle in Ingolstadt that will ultimately bring more differentiation to Audi products. Last November, Audi design chief Wolfgang Egger spoke of the need to do "something new without breaking from tradition" in Audi design, but talk at the time focused on how the Crosslane Coupe Concept would influence the new ...

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    The diesels are coming. Well, one diesel engine sitting pretty under the shapely hoods of five Audi models: the A6, A7 and A8 sedans along with the Q5 crossover are joining the already available Q7, each powered by a 3.0-litre TDI engine offering up 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Suffice it to say, we're pleased. Audi promises improvements ...

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    Audi has thrilled the diesel fanatics among us this afternoon, by announcing its intentions to show a whopping five TDI diesel-empowered vehicles (four new) at the upcoming LA Auto Show. TDI versions of the Audi's A6, A7, A8 sedans and its Q5 crossover will be new additions to the automaker's US arsenal, while the Q7 TDI will continue as well. The news ...

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    Finding Replacement For Displacement There are few things sweeter than the modern naturally aspirated V8 engine. In the past decade, we've been blessed to experience fine examples of free-breathing eight-pot goodness from around the globe, perhaps the best of which being the growling 6.2-litre unit that Mercedes-Benz once used in just about all of its ...

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    Just because the current Audi A8 is about to get a little update for 2013 doesn't mean we can't talk about the German automaker's next generation flagship sedan. According to a new report from Car and Driver, the next A8 is targeted for 2016 or 2017. Part of the next design will most likely employ some form of "aluminum hybrid" structure, meaning a ...

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    Diesel Versus Electrons Debate Continues When it comes to the hybrid market, we assume – as most of you probably do as well – that North America is at the top of the list to get whatever hybrid models an automaker builds. That vision is apparently altering for the Germans, though, as Audi is not bringing this A8 Hybrid to the Canada or the ...

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    The Audi A8 will be ditching its tried-and-true naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 engine for the 2013 model year. Instead, the automaker is fitting its flagship sedan with the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that's also being used in the S6 and S7, good for 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque – increases of 48 hp and 78 lb-ft versus the ...

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    Car and Driver Tested continues with an episode comparing the night vision systems from the Big Three German luxury makers. While the testing involves a remote-controlled turkey and a deer crossbred with a construction cone, the most interesting thing the guys from C&D do is to cover the windshields of the cars to try and drive through an autocross ...