2011 Audi A8

3 Dec 2009 | 1,209 views | No Comment
2011-audi-a8-full 2011-audi-a8-rear 2011-audi-a8-int Image means everything when you’re introducing a new car, and manufacturers try to make sure that even the unveiling event matches precisely with the aura of the brand itself. Given that fact, few could deny that Audi’s choice of Miami’s Design Miami/Art Basel Miami Beach” trade fairs were apropos choices for the car maker, which has produced a good number of models that could surely grace many a museum floor. Few auto makers are so closely aligned with the pleasures of the eyes and the senses as Audi, and the star of the exhibit—the all-new 2011 Audi A8, did not disappoint on those scores. A crowd of about 700 people were on hand for the unveiling and the hostess for the evening was none other than actress Lucy Liu. Audi’s truly worked magic with the styling of the new A8, managing to maintain continuity with the previous generations’ classic lines, while still breaking ground with interesting designs, surfaces and subtleties. The new A8 does keep the overall sense of fluidity and styling elements that are present in the car company’s current models from the A3 up, but it adds some features like the arresting front and rear ends, clearly the highlights of the exterior design. Thanks to lightbars that can be seen in several different themes, and taillights which, at least according to press materials, have at least three different variations to them, Audi has some distinctive trademarks that can’t be missed. They’re almost impossible to describe adequately—seeing is believing are the operable words here. Inside, Audi’s worked its usual interior magic, including graceful arced pieces of wood that are fitted to the rear of the front seats and which are aligned precisely with trim pieces along the door panels. Gorgeous unvarnished wood is seen everywhere, and matte and shiny black surfaces grace the turn signals and other controls. Shift gradients can be seen illuminated in the yacht style shift lever between the front seats. The central console is designed to be used in three zones, and as your wrist rests on the transmission shift lever, your hand is intended to be free to operate various controls. You’ll also notice gorgeous double stitching throughout the interior, along with headrests that appear to be two-tiered—an unusual arrangement. As you might expect, ambient light casts its soft glow at night throughout the interior, in color schemes of ruby, polar and ivory. Power for the new Audi A8 comes from a 372 horsepower V-8 which Audi officials say uses 15 percent less gasoline than previous engines for the model. There’s also an all-new electronically controlled, eight speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. By the way, you’ll be able to initiate gear changes with a mere tap on the lever, or using rocker switches on the steering wheel. It goes without saying that the A-8 has all-wheel drive Quattro for its owners. The new A8 is slated to go on sale next fall.

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