Audi launches new engine configuration
Dubai, September 22, 2011
German automobile manufacturer Audi has rolled out the ultimate engine configuration for its flagship model- the A8 L W12 quattro.
The new A8 W12 is a concentrated high-tech package with a long wheelbase and a twelve-cylinder engine; it sets new standards in the top automobile manufacturing league, a statement from the company said.
The engine is known as the W12 because of its unusual layout: it has four rows of three cylinders with a 15-degree included angle between the two offset rows of cylinders in each broad cylinder block.
Subtle visual details on the interior and exterior, like the integral grid structure in a high gloss black paint and chrome finish on the single-frame radiator grille, distinguishes the A8 L W12 quattro from the other cars in the A8 model line.
The list of standard equipment has been further extended to include full LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, power assisted doors and electrical boot lid, heat and acoustic insulated windows as well as power-adjustable seats with ventilation and massage function in the front and rear.
TV reception, the Bang & Olufsen Advanced sound system and Rear Seat Entertainment also come as a standard, the statement said.
Like the A8 L 3.0 TFSI and 4.2 FSI, the new Audi A8 L W12 is 13 cm longer than the regular version, which fully benefits the passengers in the rear.
The 6.3 FSI engine has an output of 500 hp and delivers its peak torque of 625 Nm at engine speeds of 4,750 rpm. It gives the long-wheelbase Audi A8 the kind of performance normally expected of a sports car: it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in only 4.7 seconds and effortlessly reaches its governed top speed of 250 km/h.
The eight-speed tiptronic shifts smoothly and quickly and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive train divides the torque flow from the engine in a sporty manner. The EU cycle test result is only 12.4 litres per 100 kms, it said.
The previous 6.0-liter engine, which had a power output of 450 hp, recorded a fuel consumption of 13.6 l/100 km – the difference of 1.2 l/100 km is equivalent to a nine percent improvement.
The W12 engine’s low fuel consumption compared with its competitors is to a large extent due to Audi’s modular efficiency platform including the recuperation system and innovative thermal management, it said.
The Audi A8 W12 is available now with prices starting from $144,288 in the GCC, it said. – TradeArabia News Service
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