Audi A8 Models and A8 History

The flagship sedan within the Audi line-up, the A8 assumed the spot that belonged to the Audi V8 in 1994. The Audi A8 was introduced to the United States in 1997 as a front-wheel drive propelled by a 3.7-liter V-8 and a 4.2-liter V-8 with quattro all-wheel drive. The leather-upholstered interior of the 1997 Audi A8 included standard dual-zone climate control and a power sunroof. The smaller displacement V-8 engine was excluded from the Audi A8 in 2000 leaving only the 310-horsepower 4.2-liter powerplant.

 

The 2000 model year also saw the debut of an extended wheelbase version of the Audi A8 to North America. Side-curtain airbags provided an extra layer of available safety on the 2000 Audi A8. A redesigned Audi A8 built on a new-generation platform was introduced for 2004 as a long-wheelbase L model. The shorter wheelbase model of the new Audi A8 would arrive the following year. For 2005, the Audi A8 offered a 330-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 engine connected to a six-speed automatic gearbox. 2005 also saw the debut of Audis MMI system inside the A8 sedan.

 

Featuring a refreshed grille design, the 2008 Audi A8 also presented electronic safety monitors Audi Side Assist and Audi Lane Assist. A new Audi A8 in 2011 reshaped the exterior aesthetics of the full-sized sedan. Engine power for the 2011 Audi A8 was enhanced to 372 horsepower applied through a standard quattro all-wheel drive system. LED headlights became an option on the 2011 Audi A8 sedan. In 2013, a pair of force induction powerplants replaced the 4.2-liter engine. A 333-horsepower, supercharged TFSI 3.0-liter V-6 as well as a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine generating 420 horsepower was added with the 2013 Audi A8.

New and Used A8 Prices, Audi A8 Model Years and History

The 2020 Audi A8 embraces performance and luxury in ways that few vehicles can match from its high-performance powertrain to its opulent, well-appointed cabin.
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Each luxury automaker has set out to define itself with a flagship class. The third-generation Audi A8 is easily the self-portrait by this carmaker, offering unrivaled luxury and class in a comfy, smooth-riding and gorgeous full-sized sedan.
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A full-size luxury sedan with seating for five, the 2014 Audi A8 offers sought-after options, advanced technology, comfort and convenience.
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The 2013 Audi A8 is a full-size sedan equipped with rear seat entertainment system, 22-way front comfort seats, and touch technology navigation.
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A full-size four door luxury sedan, the 2012 Audi A8 grants the driver superior styling, modern amenities, a superior ride, and an optional W12 engine.
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The 2011 Audi A8 is accented by clear-looking headlamp reflector housings and standard 19-inch wheels to cheerfully upgrade the outer appearance which is accompanied with an engine power boost.
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A full-size luxury sedan loaded with standard amenities, the 2010 Audi A8 is a five-passenger car that offers a sporty yet stylishly subtle design inside and out.
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For the driver who wants uncompromising luxury without sacrificing performance, the 2009 Audi A8 sedan is the perfect choice.
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A true driver's luxury sedan, the 2008 Audi A8 is has a subtly sophisticated style and offers a greater level of substance over its competitors.
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The 2007 Audi A8 is a full-size luxury sedan that offers high levels of comfort, style, and driving capability making this car a true driver's luxury vehicle.
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The 2006 Audi A8 is a large, five-passenger luxury sedan that is fitted with a powerful V8 engine and Quattro AWD.
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The 2005 Audi A8 is a full-size luxury sports sedan available in a new shorter wheelbase version which increases handling ability making the car more agile.
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The 2003 Audi A8 is a luxury full-size sedan that is very well-equipped, seats up to five passengers, and is available with a standard wheelbase or a longer wheelbase for added rear seat comfort.
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A full-size luxury sports sedan with room for five, the 2002 Audi A8 is available with a standard wheelbase or a longer wheelbase for more interior room.
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The 2001 Audi A8 is a full-size luxury sedan that seats five passengers and is available with a standard or long wheelbase for even more interior comfort.
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The 2000 Audi A8 is a full-size luxury sedan that seats five passengers, is powered by a 4.2L V8 engine, and is available with an extended wheelbase for more rear-seat leg-room.
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