Audi A8L 4.0 TFSI Quattro Tip (Indent) Review
Flagship or fast ship?

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
9 Dec 2014

Introduction, Exterior

The Audi A8L is a quandary in itself. Besides being a true luxury sedan, the one featured here is quite the muscle car as well. Considering the immense ability hidden under the hood, it’s a mystery why we’re not seeing more of it on our roads.

The large Audi benefits greatly from the company’s expertise in lightweight aluminum construction. This makes the Aluminum Space Frame 40% lighter than an all-steel construction. Improving both efficiency and handling in the process.



Those hoping to see more differences on this latest model would be slightly disappointed. Given that much of the car looks pretty much the same as before. However, the greatest change is in the reworked headlights and taillights that feature what Audi calls Matrix LED lights.

These clever all-LED head light units combine 25 individual segments and work together with lenses and reflectors to adjust the lighting to best suit any given driving situation. Taking readings from an onboard camera, it allows the system to react quickly and accurately to the driving environment.

One cool feature we liked is the dynamic signal lights that light individual LED bulbs in sequence.

Besides the obvious changes to the exterior lights, the bonnet has received a subtle change to its contour with a more defined chamfered edge to leads into the single frame of the fascia. 

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Engine Capacity 3993cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 8
Bore x Stroke (84.5 x 89.0)mm
Power 435bhp
Torque 600Nm
Power to Weight 212.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 4.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(5265 x 1949 x 1471) mm
Wheelbase 3122 mm
Kerb Weight 2050 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 90 L


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