Audi adds A8 L 4.2 TDI q model to its Indian portfolio

Saturday 04 August 2012, 01:25 AM by

The Germany luxury car manufacturer, Audi has unveiled its all new Audi A8 L sedan on August 3, 2012. The car features a more robust and sporty 4.2 TDI powertrain under its hood. The limousine is all ready to set new benchmarks in terms of luxury, dynamics and fuel-efficiency. The new model will be available at all the dealerships across the country. The luxury car maker has priced the model at Rs. 10,075,000 and upwards. Head, Audi India, Michael Perschke pulled the covers off the new model and presented the Bollywood actor, Abhishek Bachchan his customised Audi A8 at the occasion.

Perschke said, “After the overwhelming response to the high-tech Audi A8 L in India, we have launched a variant of the flagship of the brand with a powerful diesel engine. True to our brand philosophy of ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’, the Audi A8 L 4.2 TDI epitomizes a new level of sporty performance combined with technical intelligence and engineering art. The car symbolizes true luxe mobility with its opulence, sophistication and aspirational value. The Audi A8 L has been a benchmark in its segment and the new variant will redefine automotive excellence in India.”

Brimming to the hilt with power and confidence, the new big and exclusive Audi A8 impresses onlookers. Audi has increased both the length and wheelbase of the car by 13 cm over the standard normal wheelbase to ensure better comfort in the rear part of the cabin. The car is also available with an optional relaxation seat, which comes replete with power footrest. Audi A8 L also offers numerous sitting options to its passengers, including massage function and rear seat entertainment.

Perschke added, “The Audi A8 L 4.2 TDI q is an enchanting luxury sedan of classic and timeless elegance. Audi A8 L has technical finesse and exceptional performance which will further define opulence in the Indian auto industry. The interior of the Audi A8 is light and has elegant lines, state-of-the-art fit and finish and the extraordinary attention to the minute details is captivating. Audi engineers have worked with exemplary dedication to every detail so as to deliver a product of true engineering art that will appeal to the perceptive Indian customer. I am confident that the launch of the new Audi A8 L 4.2 TDI will see the same success that our previous models have enjoyed so far in India.”

The new 4.2 TDI unit happens to be an V8 motor joining the family of a V6 3.0 TDI q, 4.2 FSI q V8 and a W12 6.3 L q. The unit has been built to deliver a maximum power of 350 hp, which translates to 258 kW of power and 800 Nm of peak torque in the range of 1,750-2,750 rpm. These figures put the Audi A8 L on the top of sporty diesel saloons in the luxury segment. Audi has managed to reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the new car by 15 per cent. The car is capable of touching 100 kmph from standstill in just 5.6 seconds.

New Audi A8 L boasts of lightweight but quite robust aluminium body with ASF design and showcases top-notch elegant and harmonious lines on its exteriors, along with optional LED lights. The car comes with an option of panoramic sunroof with two glass elements. Also available as an optional package is the luxurious rear executive seat, as an addition to the standard power-adjustable individual rear seats. The new luxury saloon from the stable of Audi exhibits craftsman-level fit and finish, with a wide array of standard and optional features. The car also features cutting-edge MMI system, including MMI touch with class-leading character recognition as a standard feature.

On the safety and assistance front, the new Audi A8 L boasts of all new Audi pre sense basic safety system to avoid accidents and minimise their consequences. The optional package includes a night vision assistant with pedestrian marking. On its interiors the car comes with rear seat entertainment and Audi music interface with an option to install the Bang & Olufsen Sound System.

Audi India is offering the new car in the country in a solitary petrol guise powered by 4.2 FSI unit producing 372 bhp. The two diesel models on offer will be powered by the 3.0 TDI and the 4.2 TDI units producing 250 hp and 350 hp respectively. The powertrains will come mated to an all new electronically controlled 8-speed tiptronic transmission, with standard quattro all-wheel drive system. The chassis of Audi A8 L comes with a lightweight suspension with balanced axle load distribution.

Audi A8 has established itself as a real class defining model, by winning seven awards in 2011 from several reputed automotive journals, highlighting the brand motto of ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’. The awards were bagged by the car in many categories like Technology and Innovation. Audi A8 has also claimed the title of 'Premium Luxury Car of the Year' as well as 'Premium CBU Luxury Sedan of the Year'.

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