November 27, 2003
Audi to introduce new 12 cylinder A8
Ingolstadt, Germany – Audi showed its new flagship model this week: the 12-cylinder A8 L 6.0. Described by Audi as “..the most sporty luxury saloon car in the world,” the A8 L 6.0 offers 450 horsepower and 580 Newton-metres of torque – a gain of 30 hp and 20 Nm on its predecessor.
The A8 6.0 L quattro sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, and accelerates from 0 to 200 km/h in 17.4 seconds. The twelve-cylinder model reaches its electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h after 30 seconds.
The A8 L 6.0 quattro’s front end is distinguished by the new Audi design. Its central element is a single-frame radiator grille, the outer chrome ring of which surrounds the painted grey fins of the grille with horizontal chrome strips.
The 12-cylinder A8 is the first car in the world to be equipped with LED daytime driving lights, whose distinctive 5-star lighting elements also have a dual function as new design features for the vehicle’s front end. The use of daytime driving lights has virtually no effect on fuel consumption.
The new flagship model will go on sale in Germany in December at a suggested retail price of