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Car and Driver completes long-term test of Audi A8

Audi A8

After 40,000 hard miles (approximately 64,000 kilometers), Car and Driver said goodbye to its long-term 2012 Audi A8L.  And how things have changed in a year for the Audi A8 model line.

Not surprisingly, Car and Driver was impressed by the A8L. The magazine was enamored by the massaging seats they deemed “the best on the market” and they were even more amazed by the 4.2-liter V8’s performance and fuel economy.

Rushing through the quarter mile in 13.6 seconds, the V8 that powered Car and Driver’s long-term A8L is no more, as two new engines within the A8 lineup have supplanted it.

The new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 spits out 333-horsepower and should manage to eek out a few extra kilometers for every liter of fuel used compared to the old V8 – an engine that managed a yearlong average of 21 mpg (approximately 11.2 L/100KM) under the lead feet of the Car and Driver staff.

And though the supercharged V6 does lose a few horsepower to the 4.2-liter V8, Car and Driver found that the 2013 Audi A8L 3.0T still manages to fly through the quarter mile in under 14 seconds.

Those who can’t live with less than eight cylinders can rejoice, as the second engine Audi chose to replace the 2012 A8’s V8 is a 420-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8. The new 4.0T V8 engine produces 48 more horsepower than the old 4.2-liter V8. And with 444 lb-ft of torque, the 4.0T towers over the old V8’s peak torque figure of 328 lb-ft.

Though the 2013 Audi A8 may look the same as its 2012 counterpart, a new heart beats beneath its aluminum hood and soon an available diesel engine will give consumers the opportunity to purchase an A8 that achieves even better fuel efficiency.

Like a fine wine the Audi A8 continues to get better with age. Check out caranddriver.com to read the magazine’s full thoughts on their tenure with the 2012 Audi A8L and stop by Royal Oak Audi today to learn more about the Audi A8.

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Feb 15th, 2013