The A8L extends the A8’s luxury credentials into limousine territory, offering the same sumptuous experience in a longer-wheelbase package. Combining classic saloon styling with exceptional performance and a beautifully-appointed interior, both driver and passengers will enjoy the definitive Audi experience.
The A8L adds a 13cm stretch between the wheels of the standard A8, done with such a deftness of touch that it is difficult for the untrained eye to tell them apart. All models include chrome-effect detailing on the familiar oversized Audi grille, around the windows and on the bumpers to reaffirm the A8L’s luxury status.
Two trim levels are offered – SE Executive and W12. Both offer understated styling in metallic or pearl-effect paints, with imposing alloy wheels completing the statesmanlike appearance.
Rear passengers in all models will enjoy the additional privacy offered by tinted glass, while all-LED lighting to the front and rear offers optimum visibility in all weathers.
Look around the cabin and it’s clear that ‘luxury’ was the watchword in the A8L’s design studio. Every surface reflects its status as head of the Audi family, with high-quality finishes and soft stitched leather on the heated seats adding to the impression of opulence.
A touch-sensitive MMI system and eight-inch high-resolution TFT display dominate the streamlined dashboard, offering intuitive control of many of the car’s on-board systems.
All 13cm of the wheelbase stretch has been used to provide additional legroom for rear passengers, while deluxe four-zone climate control adds a comfortable centre armrest and separate controls for each passenger. Individual foot warmers will keep everyone on board happy without affecting the overall cabin temperature.
The W12 incorporates an impressive Bose surround sound system, while also boasting an uprated mobile telephone capability with Audi Connect. This transforms the A8L into a Wi-Fi hotspot for convenient internet access using a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer.
Opt for SE Executive trim and you’ll find a choice of two hugely impressive TDI engines. The 3.0-litre model offers ample performance for most drivers, while the 4.2 TDI will show even supercars a clean set of heels away from the lights thanks to a 0-60mph time of just five seconds. Both offer a serene cabin experience thanks to standard double glazing and obsessive sound deadening, while generous torque figures offer rapid in-gear acceleration when it’s time to get a move on.
The W12 is a different animal entirely. Its 6.3-litre petrol engine creates an enormous 493bhp, making it the most potent A8L you can buy. Hitting 60mph in around 4.7 seconds, this executive express is a truly staggering feat of engineering.
Whichever you opt for, the A8L’s standard eight-speed tiptronic gearbox ensures every last ounce of performance is transmitted to the road without delay, while a cosseting ride means passengers can enjoy their journey untroubled by Britain’s imperfect road surfaces.
All A8Ls have a second display between the dials to ensure the driver can keep their eyes on the road while using the clever navigation system, vital for the many A8L owners who employ someone else to do their driving.
Automatic Start-Stop technology switches the engine off when the car comes to a standstill, and Formula 1-inspired energy recuperation recycles energy expended during braking. Cruise control will help you (or your driver) relax during long motorway journeys, and the standard rear-parking camera will make ending your journey just as easy.
To ensure you and your passengers are cared for, an extensive options list means you needn’t be left wanting for anything.
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