Audi’s flagship all-wheel-drive, aluminum-frame sedan has received a much-anticipated makeover for 2011, including “an enhanced powertrain, an innovative new electronics interface, and an evolved design.” Although the new A8 doesn’t offer as much horsepower as its closest vehicle-class competitors, advanced settings “let drivers tailor steering effort, air-suspension firmness, and drivetrain responsiveness.”
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Audi’s third-generation A8 “will have the competition on its heels.” Drivers have a choice of luxury, economy, and performance-driving models: First to arrive is this 4.2-liter V8 version; a 12-cylinder model and an S8 sport-tuned cruiser will join the fleet later this year. But why wait? The “dynamics, opulent luxury, and subtle styling” of even the base sedan make it as good as any car in its class.
Thanks to Audi’s “remarkable engineering,” the new A8 has more horsepower than the old model, but also 13 percent better fuel economy. A super-smart navigation system automatically adapts the ride, handling, and even headlights to road conditions. With a smooth-shifting eight-speed trans