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Audi A8L 4.2 quattro – the long-wheel base version
In addition to dynamic performance,
generous space and luxury quality the A8 L 4.2 quattro is the ideal luxury
sedan for long-distance travel. Its wheelbase –compared with the standard
version – has been increased by 5 inches. The resulting gain in space benefits
the rear passengers entirely.
With this third version Audi extends the new A8 range just a few months
after this model’s initial European launch.
In the future, owners of the Audi A8 L 4.2 quattro will find it hard to choose
where to take their seats when entering their car: Behind the wheel they can enjoy
driving the most sporty of luxury sedans, with its advanced aluminum suspension
with air springs and adaptive shock absorber control, quattro permanent all-wheel
drive and powerful 4.2-liter V8 engine.
Those who leave the steering wheel to be driven and take a seat in the rear will be
welcomed by generous space and seating comfort that sets new standards. On
request, passengers can relax on electrically adjustable front seats, which are also
available – depending on the owner’s personal preferences – as highly ergonomic,
extra-comfortable seats with massage function, seat heating and ventilation. Rear
passengers will enjoy a pleasant riding experience: The Audi A8 L is currently the
most dynamic way to be driven rather than to drive.
The optional four-zone comfort automatic air conditioning also provides a high
level of comfort and well-being. The system permits rear passengers to set the
required temperature and air distribution individually by means of separate
controls on the center console. Rear seat-area ventilation is through air outlets in
the B posts, at the rear of the center console and in the rear footwells. There is a
draft-free, indirect air supply to all seats. The air conditioning’s acoustics also set
new standards of refinement.
Even a first glance at the flowing outlines of the new Audi A8 L clearly reveals
the personality of this 16.99 feet long, 6.20 feet wide and 4.72 feet high sedan: a
harmonious combination of clarity and sporting character, grace and elegance.
A low front with an unusually short overhang, a high, powerful tail and the
distinct wedge-shaped body of the new A8 L are features of its dynamic styling.
For the Audi A8 L, as for the standard version, the crouched silhouette and the
shoulder line clearly rising to the rear underline the sporty effect. The prestigious
size of this large luxury sedan only becomes evident on a closer look.
The well-proportioned but powerful styling of the Audi A8 L radiates elegance in
the long version too, the body of which now has an overall length of 16.99 ft.
With its clear, drawn-out lines, it communicates the impression of dynamism and
agility that is typical of the Audi A8.
The wheelbase of the Audi A8 L has been extended by 5 inches over the A8, and
is now 121 inches. The increase in the car’s overall length has been neatly
incorporated between the B- and D- posts. The rear doors, which have also grown
in length by 5 inches, blend into the dynamic side contour harmoniously and
permit passengers to enter and leave the car with particular ease.
Even more convenience awaits the passenger inside the A8 L, at all seats and in all
dimensions: Headroom in the rear– compared with the previous model – has been
increased by five millimeters; there are seven millimeters more width at shoulder
height and the elbow room has grown by 10 mm.
The Aluminum Body
The innovative aluminum body uses a further developed form of the Audi Space
Frame (ASF) and is the basis for the new Audi A8 L’s ride comfort, excellent road
behavior and handling characteristics.
Compared to the previous A8 generation, the number of body elements has been
significantly reduced by using more functional large castings and extruded
sections. The new A8 L has a completely closed space frame. The most important
result: static torsional rigidity, a decisive yardstick for dynamic driving and
freedom from vibration, has gone up by more than 60 percent compared with the
As for the A8 with standard wheelbase, the front and rear ends of the long version
too are linked through the roof frame, body sills, B-cross member, B-posts and
floor panels to form a closed space frame.
The B-post is a large multifunctional casting which, in addition to carrying the
door hinges and lock strikers, is a central element in satisfying the side impact
crash requirements. Last but not least, the B-post is essential to ensure the A8 L
body excellent freedom from vibration.
The new A8 L 4.2 quattro’s single-piece side sections run from the A-post to the
rear end of the body. Like the roof, the side section too –the largest aluminum
sheet element used in car manufacturing worldwide – is laser-welded to the loadbearing
Compared with the standard version’s 480.60 lbs body structure, the A8 L weighs
only 17.63 lbs more. The fact that the A8 maintains its high level of rigidity in the
long-wheelbase version can also be ascribed to the use of extruded sections in the
door sills and roof frame.
The Audi A8 L’s freedom from vibration and handling characteristics set new
standards in the luxury sedan segment. The relationship between high rigidity and
low weight represents an absolute world record among all long-wheel base sedan
Engine and Driveline
At its series launch the Audi A8 L will be available with a 330 horsepower 4.2-
liter V8 five-valve engine and permanent quattro all-wheel drive. The standard 6-
speed Tiptronic invites the driver to choose freely between the sporting character
of a manual-shift gearbox and the convenience of automatic transmission.
The engine has gained significantly in terms of output and performance – plus
20 hp and 15 lbs. ft. of torque: values that guarantee supreme drive-off
performance and vivid acceleration in all speed ranges.
The A8 L 4.2 quattro sprints from 0 - 100 km/h in only 6.3 seconds and has a top
speed of 250 km/h (governed).
An absolute first at Audi: the new 6-speed tiptronic with Dynamic Shift Program
(DSP) and an additional Sport program. Thanks to the additional ratio, power
output and torque are always available in such accurately controlled amounts that
there are no further conflicts between spontaneous power flow, high performance
on the road and perfect refinement.
Those who prefer their gears to be selected automatically will appreciate the
outstanding convenience of the adaptive electronics. A version of the Dynamic
Shift Program (DSP) specially developed for the 6-speed tiptronic helps to reduce
the number of gear shifts, despite the additional ratio compared with the previous
five-speed unit. In addition, manual gear-shifting is possible when the selector
lever is moved to the tiptronic gate plane.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive, through which the A8 L 4.2 transfers its
power to the road, remains an advanced feature in the luxury car class. It ensures
excellent traction and stable cornering, and minimizes any self-steering tendency
caused by the influence of tractive force through the driveline. This is a
precondition for high cornering speeds and a high level of dynamic stability. Or to
put it another way: maximum driving pleasure and active safety.
The new A8 L has aluminum suspension with a four-link front axle layout and a
controlled toe-angle trapezoidal-link rear axle – both concepts that gave the
A8 L’s predecessor its typical responsiveness and steering precision. Audi’s
suspension engineers have now purposefully further developed its strengths. The
braking system and the steering system with variable transmission ratio and
servotronic were newly designed.
The adaptive air suspension – 4-corner air springs and continuous shock absorber
control – is an air suspension concept used for the first time in the luxury car class,
which eliminates the classic conflicting target of satisfactory handling properties
and the appropriately high level of suspension comfort. Lowering the ride height
at high speeds improves the new Audi A8 L’s aerodynamic properties and
therefore reduces its fuel consumption.
Air suspension with the electronically controlled, continuously adaptive shock
absorber system provides perfect driving comfort. The system responds to
numerous sensor signals: body acceleration, vertical movement of the four wheels
and also various other parameters such as steering angle or the position of
accelerator and brake pedals, before determining the optimum damping force for
the relevant driving situation.
As long as there is no necessity for increased damping – for example travel in a
straight line on a good-quality road – the shock absorbers remain comfortably soft.
Controlled changes to the damping force at individual wheels help to eliminate
body movements at any time which could reduce occupant comfort.
Not only comfort but driving dynamics too benefit from this concept. The new
Audi A8 L’s adaptive damping automatically reduces rolling or pitching
movements when cornering, braking or driving off.
The A8 L 4.2 quattro is fitted with sporty, elegant 7-spoke, 8 J x 17” alloy wheels
fitted with 235/55 R17 tires as standard equipment. This combination ensures
excellent handling and ride comfort and sets high standards in terms of good wetroad
grip and low rolling resistance.
Undeniably, it’s not the quantity alone but in particular the special quality of the
new Audi A8 L’s standard equipment that sets a new benchmark in the luxury car
The A8’s steering uses the speed-sensitive servotronic system, which now has
steering-angle sensing as well, thus ensuring a suitable amount of effort at the
steering wheel to match the car’s speed and steering-wheel angle.
The new 6-speed Tiptronic and the new multifunctional steering wheel of 4-spoke
design ensure a high level of handling convenience.
The standard luxury automatic air conditioning offers a very high level of comfort.
Compared with the previous model’s system, Audi’s development engineers have
mainly concentrated on reducing the risk of unpleasant currents of air inside the
car. Additional air outlets have been integrated into the top of the fascia, from
where the necessary air volume is distributed without the occupants being aware
of any noticeable drafts. Air is supplied to the rear-seat area by outlets in the
B-posts, at the rear end of the center console and in the rear footwells.
A newly developed moisture sensing system in the A8 L reduces the risk of
fogged windows. The demisting performance of the air conditioning evaporator is
based on data from the temperature and moisture sensors and from an infrared
radiation sensor which determines the temperature of the windshield without
But that’s not enough. Forward-looking technologies such as the Multi Media
Interface (MMI), the electro-mechanical parking brake with starting assistant and
LEDs in the rear-turn indicator lights and side repeaters are once again the best
possible confirmation for Audi’s proverbial advancement through technology.
The same applies to passive safety equipment. The driver’s and front passenger’s
airbags have two-step inflation to provide optimum protection in the event of
frontal collisions; the driver’s airbag is a ring pattern. In the event of a side
impact, side airbags in the seat backs and the sideguard head airbag system ensure
the highest level of safety for occupants of all the car’s outer seats.
The interior ambience is governed by the fine wood decor in three different
choices, which extends round to the sides. Numerous variants in different color
tones between black and light beige can be combined for the seat upholstery and
The striking aluminum optics underline the dynamic character of the new Audi
A8 L in various zones of the cockpit, such as the MMI terminal and the selector
lever gate, the instrument panel’s tubular dial surrounds and the clip on the
standard multifunctional steering wheel.
The standard equipment front seats for the new A8 L are electrically adjustable,
and there are generous center armrests in the front and rear for occupant comfort
The standard Bose® radio is a premium system that offers the occupants excellent
acoustical quality and keeps them supplied with up-to-date information. Four-way
antenna diversity and a total of 12 loudspeakers ensure excellent reception and
sound quality at all seats. An equalizer matched to the car’s equipment and trim
specification takes into account changes to interior acoustics caused, for instance,
by the choice of cloth or leather upholstery.
Integration into the MMI operating concept has raised the level of operating
convenience most impressively. A list of all radio stations that can be received in a
given region appears at the touch of a button and is constantly updated by the
In particular in the luxury car segment, distinction is one of the decisive criteria
when designing an individual automobile. The new Audi A8 L 4.2 quattro offers
almost inexhaustible scope for design, equipment and technical extras.
The standard comfort seats with additional electrical adjustment facilities are ideal
for supreme long-distance comfort and perfect lateral support. At the customer’s
request the comfort seats can include two further extras: a massage function and,
combined with perforated Valcona leather upholstery, seat heating and ventilation.
Together with the wide footwell the rear seats offer first-class comfort fully
equivalent to that enjoyed by the front passenger.
On request, the new Audi A8 L is available with automatic air conditioning with
four-zone control. This system allows rear passengers to select the required
temperature and air distribution individually by means of separate controls in the
The standard of comfort provided by the automatic air conditioning can be
rounded off with the optional solar-cell sunroof. Even when the ignition is
switched off, this produces enough electrical energy to supply the passenger
compartment continuously with fresh air via the blower.
A top-class ambience is created with a leather grade offered or the combined
Alcantara/leather upholstery and trim: Valcona leather is a benchmark in terms of
material and processing quality compared with anything that competitors can
offer. At the customer’s request, the extended leather equipment can be specified,
in which case the armrests on the doors and center consoles can be covered with
these grades of leather, with their subtle but entirely natural odor.
With the selection of amber Vavona wood or beige grained birch, an additional
note of individuality can be created inside the car. The extended aluminum look
with numerous applications on the center console and fascia underlines the sporty
flair of the A8 L cockpit.
The interior lighting package with ambient illumination has several pre-defined
illumination profiles to ensure a light intensity in the interior that matches actual
driving conditions. Ambient illumination creates a new level of harmony with the
entire interior design.
The optional four-zone automatic climate control system allows individual
selection of temperature and air distribution settings at all four seats. With its
indirect ventilation it sets new and very high standards for draft-free air
Communication, comfort and convenience
The infotainment equipment is also very extensive: The audio system with
standard CD changer, with a quality that perfectly matches the interior of the new
A8 L, converts the Audi A8 L into a mobile sound studio.
The standard Bose Surround Sound System is a completely new design and
guarantees particular listening pleasure: five amplifier channels distribute the
sound around the listener as in a concert hall – an aural experience that is setting
new standards even in the automotive luxury class.
The BOSE system’s electronics also include dynamic noise compensation.
In a similar way to the audio system, the navigation system with DVD can also be
operated via the MMI terminal. The greater storage capacity of the data medium
and the Audi system’s substantially extended operating scope mean that it can
justifiably claim perfection in its class.
Technical Data – Audi A8 L 4.2 quattro
Audi A8 L 4.2 quattro
Engine / electrics
Type of engine V8 spark-ignition engine, two-stage variable intake manifold, DOHC
Valve gear / number of valves per cylinder Camshaft adjustment, roller cam followers with hydraulic adjustment / 5
Displacement in cc / bore x stroke in mm / compression 4172 / 84.5 x 93.0 / 11.0
Max. horsepower output / at rpm 330 / 6500
Max. torque in lb. ft. / at rpm 317 / 3500
Engine management Motronic ME 7.1.1; fully electronic sequential injection, coordinated torque
control, hot-film air-mass measurement, drive-by-wire throttle control, mapped
ignition with solid-state high-voltage distribution, cylinder-selective knock
control using two sensors, adaptive lambda control
Exhaust emission control Air-gap insulated exhaust manifold, two 3-way stepped catalytic converters
close to the engine, four heated oxygen sensors
Emission category EU 4
Alternator in A / battery in A/Ah 190 / 450 / 95
Drive / transmission
Type of drive Permanent all-wheel drive with Torsen center differential
Clutch Hydraulically operated torque converter with
Gearbox type 6-speed tiptronic with DSP and additional sport program
Gear ratio in 1st gear / 2nd gear 4.171 / 2.340
Gear ratio in 3rd gear / 4th gear 1.521 / 1.143
Gear ratio in 5th gear / 6th gear 0.867 / 0.691
Final drive ratio / reverse gear 3.317 / 3.403
Running gear / steering / brakes
Front suspension Four-link front suspension, double upper and lower wishbones, anti-roll bar,
Rear suspension Self-tracking trapezoidal-link axle with wishbone, anti-roll bar, air suspension
Steering / turning circle in m Maintenance-free rack-and-pinion steering with speed-dependent power
assistance and variable ratio / approx. 12.1
Brake system, front/rear Diagonally split dual-circuit brake system with ESP/ABS/EBD, brake servo,
hydraulic brake assist, disc brakes, front and rear: ventilated discs; front:
double-piston callipers; electro-mechanical parking brake
Wheels / tires 7-Spoke 17” w/all season tires std; 8Jx17 / 235/55 R17
Performance / consumption / acoustics
Maximum speed in mph 130 (governed)
Acceleration 0-50 / 0-60 mph 4.8 / 6.3 sec
Fuel grade Premium unleaded
Fuel consumption N/A
Standing / drive-past exterior noise level in dB (A) 74 / 73
Servicing / warranty
Long-life service after a maximum of ...
4 yr / 50k / 24 hour Roadside Assistance
Vehicle / paint / rust penetration warranty 12 yr
Weights / loads
Unladen weight in kg 1995 kg
Axle load limit at front / rear in kg N/A
Trailer load limit N/A
Trailer load limit on 8% / 12% gradient, braked in kg N/A
Roof load limit in kg / permissible nose weight in kg N/A
Cooling system capacity (incl. heating) in liter 11.5
Engine oil capacity (incl. filter) in liter 7.5
Fuel tank capacity in liter 90
Body / dimensions
Body type / number of doors / seats Aluminium: Audi Space Frame ASF / 4 / 5
Drag coefficient cD 0.27
Length / width excl. mirrors / height, mm 5181 / 1894 / 1455
Wheelbase (L101) / track at front/rear (W101/W102), mm 3074
Luggage capacity in liter, acc. to VDA block method (V210) 447
U.S. D3 Standard Equipment
• 235/55 R17 all-season tire with
17” 7-spoke alloy wheel
• Full size spare tire
• Chain tie down points for transport
• 5 mph strong (phase II) bumpers
• Front side airbags
• SIDEGUARD side curtain airbags
• Rear Side Airbags
• Knee Airbags
• Coming home lights, Light Sensor
• Automatic Headlight Adjustment
• Ambient light package for interior
• 6-disc CD changer glove box
• Bose soundsystem
• Navigation system w/DVD
• Instrument Kombi with color display
• Leather upholstery on center armrest
and Alcantara door insert
• Valcona Leather seat upholstery
• Comfort seats (front/rear)
• Adjustable armrests
• Satellite radio preparation
• Cruise control
• Sunvisors with extensions
• Air Suspension
• 6-speed Tiptronic Transmission
• Wood trim
• Metallic or Pearleffect paint
• LATCH system
• Dual cup holders in center console
• Multi-function steering wheel w/Audio
• Soft close for rear deck lid
• Light weight (25kg) cargo net
• Alarm system
• Central locking switch in all 4 doors
• Daytime running lights (with possibility to
• High-line Multi-media Interface (MMI)
with 7” display and programmable
• Bi-Xenon headlights (high/low beam)
• Headlight Washer
• Single-Pane Side Glass
• Glass sunroof
• Driver/Passenger seat memory package
for seats, mirrors,
• Electric steering wheel adjustment
• Auto dimming mirrors with folding outer
mirrors for interior mirror
• Rear side manual sunshades
• Aluminum Trim Package
U.S. 2004 Audi A8 Option Program
Cold Weather Package
– Heated front/rear seats
– Heated steering wheel
– Ski sack
– Power Trunk Open/Close
– Rear Vanity Mirrors
– Front Seat Ventilation
– Tire Pressure Monitoring Sys.
– Electric rear/ manual side
sunshades (the side shades are
– Dual-Paned Security Glass
– Front Seat Massage, $750
– Rear Seat Electric lumbar
– Dual Rear seat climate control
– Door armrest in leather + Center
Console w/Premium stitching
– Alcantara package
– Adaptive Cruise Control
– Sport Suspension
– 3-spoke multi-func. sw w/Tip
– Power side door close
– Voice Recognition
Stand alone options
– 18” wheel with all-season tires
– 19” wheel with performance tires
– Solar sunroof
– Acoustic Parking
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