The Audi A8L W12 2011 will see the return of Audi’s W-12 engine and long-wheelbase body, both of which were last seen on our shores in the 2009 model year.
Audi’s twelve-cylinder 6.3 FSI—so called because it’s been bored out to 6.3 liters and now sports direct injection—develops 500 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, up from 450 hp and 428 lb-ft from the last-gen car’s wacky W-12, but still less than those generated by the V-12s of Audi’s German competitors.
You can see the competitors example BMW’s latest 760i/760Li puts out 535 hp and 550 lb-ft, thanks to a pair of turbos, while the Mercedes-Benz S600’s V-12 produces 510 hp and a staggering 612 lb-ft. Audi A8L W12 all-aluminum construction does give the A8 a weight advantage.
Audi A8L W12 is hooked to Audi’s new ZF-sourced eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, as is the A8’s 4.2-liter V-8, and the gearbox routes power to the standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi performance estimates have the A8L W12 hitting 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. No EPA numbers are available yet, but Audi expects a 12-percent increase in efficiency, which would put fuel economy somewhere around 14 mpg city/21 highway. The 372-hp 4.2 will continue to be the standard engine in the A8L W12.
Options available on all Audi A8L W12 include full-LED headlights and a panoramic glass roof. Other features include the standard Audi Drive Select system, an adaptive air suspension, the new MMI touch interface, night vision, and adaptive cruise control. A8 models of every stripe are due to arrive at dealers in the fall of 2010, and pricing throughout the lineup should stay in the $75,000–$120,000 range.