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2012 Audi A8-L Test Drive & Car Review

http://www.autobytel.com/audi/a8/?id=32972 The 2012 Audi A8 is a perfect example of what a full sized luxury sedan should be. On the outside the Audi A8 is beautiful from the grill all the way to the taillights, under the hood lies a powerful V-8 engine, and inside the driver and passengers are treated to an ultra luxurious experience. But owning a high end luxury car does not come cheap. The base model (normal wheelbase) has an MSRP of $78,750, while the Long Wheelbase version tested here starts at $84,700. But the ultimate 2012 Audi A8 is the Long Wheelbase edition with the W12 engine which starts at $133,500.

The 2012 Audi A8-L is powered by a 4.2 liter V-8 engine that produces 372 horsepower and 328 lb-ft. of torque. While not the most powerful car in the full sized luxury segment; the engine in combination with an 8-speed automatic transmission does a great job of putting the power down to the ground through standard Quattro all-wheel drive. The 2012 Audi A8-L can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 5.8 seconds. Fuel economy is excellent with the A8 netting 18 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. The engine is exposed which is great and there are wonderfully contrasting colors in the engine bay that really grab your attention.

On the outside the 2012 Audi A8 is a very stylish car which is sure to get you noticed. The massive chrome grill looks great and really stands out. The Xenon headlights combined with the world famous LED running lights are signature Audi. The A8 also has a set of huge 19-inch alloy wheels at all four corners.

On the inside the Audi A8 is plenty spacious with enough room for 4 adults and all their belongings. The A8-L is the long wheelbase version and this platform stretches the amount of interior room a couple more inches. The interior of the car makes you feel like you are in a luxurious living room. Everything is beautiful and Audi did a great job of finding the perfect balance between woods and metals that make up the trim pieces. All the buttons and controls are top notch since Audi understands what a luxury buyer demands. The A8-L is a real driver’s car; it is response and fun to drive.

The 2012 Audi A8 is a true joy to drive. It you are going to spend $80k on a high end luxury car then you owe it to yourself to take a long test drive. When shopping for a full sized luxury automobile make a checklist and compare the various cars in the segment. Audi has really captured the essence of what a luxury car should be with the 2012 Audi A8-L.

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50 Comments

  1. I have never bothered with a youtube comment ………Wow , anyone with at least one eyeball could have sorted what you claim to be a review …..The worst ever …. Now I know why top gear is the number one rated TV show in the world .

  2. bitch*

  3. ok

  4. Amazing how many piles of Audi (as well as Volkswagen) scrap go through the dealer auction here.
    At least 70% have an issue with the ABS or Airbag system–sometimes both.
    They can be had for cheap due to the cost of repairing the electrical issues they are infamous for.

  5. Very well done, thank you sir.

    Short, concise, understated class, top quality without flamboyance – just like the car being reviewed.

    This car (2012) can now be had for around $50,000 – lease trade-ins abound.  I have been thinking of turning in my 2007 A6 Quattra 3.2, but the new A6’s are well over $50K.  For that price, I may as well step up to my dream car in a 3 year-old version – THIS ONE – for the same price or less.

  6. Audi cars look ok but the interior is lacking for that kind of price. If this is the L version I would hate to sit in a regular length 4 door. No one keeps them after the warranty dies.hahaha

  7. because japanese cars are cheaply made. this is a work of art

  8. He must be a Florida driver

  9. hey u idiotic

  10. 7 series all the way

  11. If you’re left handed & living in US LIKE ME, the touchpad is next to useless

  12. So sir, how would U compare S8 with this A8?
    Which one should be bought?

  13. why would u want to drive an a8…. like a limo driver…

  14. The S class L is much,much bigger inside

  15. wa dep…chuan.

  16. The self closing door is pretty standard now a days for anything over 50k

  17. I love how LED head lights aren’t even standard on this car yet every a8 has them.

  18. "Congratulations you’ve reached a point in your life were you can afford an Audi A8"

    *Whispers to self* that’s me 

  19. The fact that Audi, like a Suburu with AWD makes these cars
    far superior to their competition…
    If you live in an area with winter snow and ice, there’s virtually
    no situation that will impede you…

  20. This must be the cheapest version of the A8L. It has none of the climate controls on the armrest.

  21. the real a8l is a v12

  22. the a8L has a ride height ajust for those conditions i dont know how high it does raise but i know it does raise up quite a bit Good luck

  23. what?? 80,000 dollars, in Holland you pay $150,000 for a A8 l

  24. I can’t wait till I can get one of these in 10 years for $12K 😉 yeah, perhaps even an S8 with 0-60 in 3.5 sec!
    I’m starting to save up for the maintenance now but guys AUDI is getting better – up 18 places in Consumer Reports so perhaps she’ll be reliable!

  25. This guy loves german cars…

  26. Mercedes S-class has 4matic all wheel drive option, and BMW has X-drive option for it’s 7 series. And of coarse both of those have soft door close feature as well. This review seems a bit misleading

  27. I love the A8 but they need to revamp that steering wheel. Looks like something I would see in an A3 or chevy cruz

  28. NO. It only depends how prejudiced are th epoeple about European and Japanese cars. I think pretty much all the prototypes of all car makes are hideous. However, Lexus models are way better looking than AUDIs as a whole. Audis are the dieous looking ones with that ginormous grill.

  29. To be fair, he says the Audi is the ONLY one to offer it standard.

  30. not the only 4×4 in this class anymore. There is Jaguar Xj with 4×4 wheel drive.

  31. in my country the fine ist about 100 $

  32. Ooooo

  33. If your right handed & living in UK, the touchpad is next to useless

  34. how many it’s burns on 100km???

  35. To be fair, he says the Audi is the ONLY one to offer it standard.

  36. Mercedes-Benz has the self closing door in it s class in the 1999 model. Nothing new.

  37. see one for 34k. I definitely think I want it. I’m just afraid of what it’ll cost when i take it to the shop.

  38. Audi A8 for me cause the Transporter has one

  39. [email protected]@ quá đắt cho 1 cuộc tình 🙂

  40. i love my s8 audi

  41. My dad had this car for six months. The luxury is nice but being in and out of the dealer for parts and services five times in six months is ridiculous. He wound up getting a CLS 4matic loaded up with all available options.

  42. This guy is an idiot.

  43. Why have you left Autobytel?

  44. I don’t see how that was necessary.

  45. Fuck off.

  46. This is a car

  47. this guy gives the best reviews on any vehicle!

  48. Does the a8 still have the air suspension?

  49. Very true, they were the first.

  50. go fuck yourself !

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