The Audi A8 L is a grand luxury car by any typical, no less for being powered by a 3-liter V6 engine. Of course, the new base engine is supercharged with TSFI direct fuel addition and tuned to produce 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, which is abundance enough for force this plus-size sedan. It helps that the car’s all-aluminum edifice keeps the weight around 4,400 pounds.
The V6 is new for the A8 models, both in regular length and the prolonged L, making the cars obtainable at a lower cost and with enhanced fuel mileage. The V6-powered A8 L price tag is $8,700 less than the similar 4-liter V8 model, although it still has a frightening base price of $78,500.
EPA-calculated fuel mileage is hoists to 18 cities and 28 highways, compared with 16 cities and 26 highways for the V8 edition. The supercharged V6 has emerged in other Audi cars, most particularly the performance-oriented S4 compacted sedan, where it packs a wallop. In the significantly bigger, heavier A8 L, the acceleration is more submissive, even though the car never feels in the least bit underpowered.
The Volkswagen luxury brand has been literally proactive in provides smaller engines with better fuel mileage for its cars across the board. Another Audi with a economize engine that I tested our lately was the A5 Quattro coupe pleasantly updated for 2013 that does quite well with a 2-liter turbocharged four-banger with FSI direct fuel inoculation and 211 horsepower.
Equipped with a precise six-speed manual diffusion, the A5 was quick and sprightly and loads of fun to drive. The turbo four is astonishingly smooth and faultless, and without a hint of anxiety turbo lag; peak torque appear at just 1,500 rpm. Fuel mileage is decent at 22 cities and 32 highways, according to the EPA.
The A8 L that I drove came fully encumbered at more than twice that price at about $86,000 with delivery. Yet for those with the prosperity to afford such things, the big Audi evaluate very well with others in this haughty range.