Audi's Latest A8 3.0 TDI Taken for a Spin
|   Thursday, October 24, 2013
Audi has finally decided to launch its BMW 7 Series rival – the A8 3.0 TDI. This vehicle is capable of handling market competition from Mercedes Benz's S Class and Jaguar's XJ saloon. Even though there are no major upgrades to this vehicle as compared to its predecessor, minor styling tweaks have been made along with a few interior modifications, apart from its major performance upgrade.

From the designing point of view, modifications have been made to its front grille and headlamps along with additional Daytime Running Lights.
25 diodes are quite powerful, hence illuminating till a fair amount. Presence of on board parking cameras helps drivers while additional lamps have been provided to aid during camera aided driving. This vehicle is designed on an all aluminum chassis while new trapezoidal exhaust slots and large bumpers help give this vehicle a muscular appeal.

Audi is providing six different engine options on this vehicle although we expect its 242 BHP displacing 2.0 liter petrol engine to be the best selling version. Apart from this engine option, we will also get a 493 BHP displacing four-cylindered engine along with a five cylinder 520 BHP displacing unit. Together, Audi is offering best in class technology and this product truly is class leading stuff.

A 3.0 liter V6 engine should also be in place while we expect this vehicle to gain an additional 8 BHP and 22 ft lb of torque from this machine. Like its predecessor, power is displaced via an eight speed transmission system while Audi's advanced Quattro four-wheel drive has been set up with additional torque sensing capability. This gives the A8 additional traction and control on road while advanced Drive Select allows throttle remapping via advanced ECU settings.

The A8 feel sports, balanced and comfortable all at the same time for the first time while its mechanical components are more impressive than ever before. Luxury levels are at their best while we have a new entrant to compete with other glorious European creations. The luxury market has some stiff competition, especially since Mercedes Benz and BMW revealed their class leaders.

Audi however is not far back in this race while they have achieved new levels of smoothness with this vehicle. Reduction in weight is of primary concern and Audi has effectively managed to shove off a few extra kilos to give this vehicle smooth acceleration and handling. The A8 does not handle like other conventional sedans. Hence, it is easy to think of this as your common coupe.

Audi claims that this is the sportiest vehicle in class and we agree with this claim, especially after driving it on road and track. Center of gravity is well balanced and this helps general stability of the car. Despite all its exterior modifications, Audi has maintained its muscular yet elegant look and this is all what matters. Aerodynamically it might not be the best in class, but is sufficient to take this car in its own segment. Traction control is a bonus addition and this enhances performance on wet road conditions.
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