Audi A8L 4.0 TFSI qu tip Review
Black beauty

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
25 Feb 2014

Introduction, Exterior

There are few players at the highest echelon of motoring excellence. It’s an exclusive club that most often sees Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz battling for top limousine. How does the Audi A8 stack up against its rivals?



While some might lament that its design isn’t quite as imposing as the S-class, others actually prefer the Audi for its understated design. Nevertheless, the Audi still makes quite a statement for owners who are used to power and prestige.

From the front, the car is dominated by that large chrome grille that stretches from the bonnet to the lower bumper. It creates a large gaping entrance to feed voluminous amounts of air needed for that bi-turbo V8 underneath.

True to its flagship status, the A8 uses headlights that are made completely from LED which gives its cluster a jewel like arrangement. But the merits of these units are not lost whether in day or night lighting the entire road easily with its powerful beam.

Despite being just over five metres in length, this large Audi wears its bulk well without appearing clumsy. But still makes a powerful statement when it pulls up. Especially in black. 

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Engine Capacity 3995cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 8
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Bore x Stroke (84.5 x 89.0)mm
Power 435bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 600Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 207.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.9 km/L
Drag Coefficient 0.270

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(5267 x 1949 x 1471) mm
Wheelbase 3122 mm
Turning Circle 12.7 metres
Kerb Weight 2100 kg
Boot Capacity 510 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 90 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs