Audi is a name that's sure to stand the test of time. Here is a company that has got the entire auto realm crackling, with models that have won acclaim far and wide. Despite the strong base that the Four-Ringed company has worldwide, it is still hoping to push up its position here in the Indian market. The A8 is just the type of vehicle you can bank on to pull a feat like this. Just recently, an armour adorned variant was released, targeted at high profile personnel who were looking for security aside from mere luxury, performance and class.
1. Alluring exteriors with some pretty rich make-up.
2. Slew of strong safety features that will surely get you satisfied.
1. Its price range put off a massive share of Indian buyers.
2. The lack of cabin space might be seen as a deterrent for customers.
1. The advanced range of entertainment and comfort features are sure to have your approval.
2. Its expensively lavished cabin arrangement would be a one-of-a-kind experience for most Indian buyers.
The A8 has been one of Audi's major standing vehicles for a long time. The car has it all – the powerful exterior glamour, the intense performance, the affluent interiors and the reliable safety elements. The machine comes with four engine trims, of which two are diesel and two are petrol. All of them make for sound speed capacities, with displacements that range between 3000cc to a thrashing 6000cc. The in-cabin technology would boost any average person's ride experience, with a 7-inch display Navigation system, a parking system, a strong audio facility, exhaustively adjustable seats and many more facilities that most people would never have seen in an ordinary, domestic branded car.
Audi is the brains behind some of the world's finest designing, and we'll be honest folks, we found real ingenuity in this car's design. It inherits the class Audi body language sculpture, with the long wheelbase, the prominent shoulder lines and the agile posture.
A look at the vehicle tells you that its meant for some old school sprinting, with the aesthetic design and the streamlined shape. A low profile and the back-slapped wind-shield promotes the right airflow when driving, and this also facilitates better handling.
We thought that the shaping of the front added a more aggressive vision to the look. The headlamps have a slick shape, stretching over towards the side for a more prominent mark at the front. The Matrix LED light systems add some intricacy to the interior designing of the headlamps, and we thought this made for a more sophisticated look overall.
You've seen the classic R8 grille that drapes all the way to the bottom of the front skirt, and the same feature is present for this vehicle as well. The four rings of the Audi mark rest at the top of the grille, gleaming in full glory. At the bottom of the skirt, a thin strip exists for the air dam, and we thought it integrated perfectly into the image of the front.
The metallic skin wraps over the wheel archs in an artistic manner, spewing some real fervour over the side. We know for one that most people would find the serene lines that glaze the door-sides gorgeous, and this creative spark is also mirrored in the soothing curvatures that shape the fenders, the door creases and the window line.
The well designed wheels come in a range of variants for the occupants to choose from, including 5-spoke, 7-spoke, cast aluminium, forged aluminium and more, so if you're the more picky type, this is sure to enthral you.
The roofline slides down gently, before melting into the rear portion in an athletic fashion. We thought that the more toned tail section perfected the vehicle's stance, rendering it balanced and harmonious.
When you take a look at the tail-section, there's no doubt the racy impression carries all the way to the rear as well; The tail-lamps spread over the corner of the truck into the tail-gate section, profiled into a neat shape that adds to the visual delight. The twin exhaust pipes come with a slim, rectangular design, another element of proof that this model is as genuine as it gets.
The cabin exudes warmth, spaciousness and comfort. The only thing it lacks is the crisp sporty spark that race-styled cockpits have. Nevertheless, we're sure that it would put a smile to most ordinary passengers' faces.
Some might hold fears that the inner design would be over-done, and so did we; But as we stepped into the cockpit, we felt a mixture of relief and exaltation. Aside from being convenient, the cabin strikes an artistic harmony that few vehicles we thought ever had.
At the front, the long dashboard spills over towards the glovebox area at the bottom. A strip of walnut, dark brown wood on the dash adds to the power of the design. There are multiple AC vents which have been equally distanced from each other on the board. A thin piano black garnish at the bottom of the dashboard adds to the marvellous design touch, and we thought that it helped to diversify the entire look.
By the centre of the board, the 7-inch colour display acts as an interface for many facilities of the car, including the multimedia system, the reversing camera, the parking system and many others. Aside from adding entertainment to the experience, it imbues the cabin with a more advanced aura, and what more do youngsters today want?
By the corner of the board, the multi-function 3-spoke steering wheel is dressed in leather. The wooden segments on the wheel could go unnoticed, but they add a tiny bit of opulence to the place. There are gear-shift paddles integrated into the side of the wheel, and if you're a driver who enjoys an easier way of life, then this is sure to fascinate you.
The instrument cluster has been positioned within eye's view of the driver, and it hosts a tachometer and speedometer.
The door-sides have been graced with the same fine leather package that engages the entire cabin. Meanwhile, door sill trims come with an aluminium inlay, and this does enhance the vibrant atmosphere.
Few people could find things to complain about with the seating arrangement. We certainly didn't; Even the taller and broader members of our team had an enjoyable treatment with the large leg-room and the comfortable seating facility. The ergonomically strong seats are further improved with headrests, electric backrest adjustment, lumbar support, thigh support adjustment and many more aids that are sure to keep you lifted in seventh heaven. The refined leather upholstery enriches the ride quality, and we personally thought that it was the best factor in the entire ride.
On the diesel side, there are two engine trims. The first is a TDI V6 mill that comes displaces 2976cc. It comes along with a turbocharger for improved performance capacity, while a common rail injection system ensures smooth transfer of fuel. The six cylinders of the engine come with four valves each, and an 8-speed trip-tronic transmission has been joined with the engine. You're sure to feel delight at the specifications – a power of 247bhp at 4000rpm to 4250rpm, and a torque of 580Nm at 1750rpm to 2500rpm. For the thrill seekers looking for a more robust performance capacity, a more powerful diesel engine is also present. The TDI V8 power-train consists of eight cylinders with four valves per cylinder, and it displaces a more husky 4143cc. Like its compatriot, it comes along with a a turbocharger, a common rail direct injection and an 8-speed triptronic transmission for the most efficient overall usage. This train generates a power of 380bhp at 3750rpm, along with a pounding torque of 850Nm at 2000rpm to 2750rpm.
At the petrol front, there is a V8 TFSI bi-turbo engine that comes incorporated with direct fuel injection, an Audi valvelift system, and an 8-speed triptronic transmission. It boasts some pretty brazen specifications, with a displacement of 3993cc, a power of 430bhp at 5100rpm to 6000rpm, along with a torque of 600Nm at 1500rpm to 5000rpm. Sailing past all over drive-trains, the last available engine is a W12 petrol engine that displaces a massive 6299cc. It also has the same intricacies of design as the other mills, with a direct fuel injection and a 8-speed triptronic transmission that make life easier for the driver. The mill's specifications put it well ahead of the rest, with a power of 493bhp at 6200rpm, and a thundering torque of 625Nm at 4750rpm.
Ride and Handling:
Strong discs have been fastened onto the wheels, and we thought that the halting, cornering and braking process was incredibly smooth. There is minimal body roll, but the high-speed inertia does get into the cabin some time, throwing the passengers off balance. This is the type of company that you expect the best from, and we thought that it did deliver with respect to the suspension arrangement. The advanced air-based suspension helps to ease the flow of the ride, thereby decimating flicker inconveniences. The ride stability is splendid, and you're relieved of most road hassles that you'd feel in most other vehicles. The vehicle absorbs jerks and bumps with a fluidic ease, but knowing Indian roads, you need to be aware that the car's suspension is ill-adapted for more battered conditions.
The company has insulated the high speed menace of the engine with an advanced range of safety features, including Audi exclusive seatbelts, an anti theft alarm, a parking system plus, a park assist that comes along with a display. Also present is a reversing camera, LED lights at the front as well as the rear, a remote control key, a power assisted closing facility for the doors. If you've been in cars that boast high end techno controls, wait until you step into this one: dynamic steering, a controlled sport differential, an electromechanical power steering and electronic stability control together help build a strong ride quality, minimising chances of mishap.
There are four variants, and the major difference among them is the engine trim. First, the A8 L 60 TFSI Quattro harnesses a V8 petrol engine, while the L 50 TDI Quattro comes with a V 6diesel engine. Next, the L 60 TDI Quattro comes with a V8 diesel engine, while the L W12 6.3 FSI Quattro has a W12 petrol mill. Aside from this, all of the trims come with the same comfort, entertainment and cosmetic features, and we think that this bodes well for people who have trouble selecting the right variant.
Let's be honest here, we've got a car that we just can't point too many flaws with. It gives you mind-blowing performance, incomparable handling, a sensual exterior cover, and lavishly coated interiors. Driving it is a thrill and a delight, and we're sure few people would have nuances with the experience. But we've got to keep you informed of its extremely tall price tag, along with a lack of an expansive after sales service network. In the end of the day, this is the ideal for for people looking for a masculine, glaring machine with performance and luxury. But for those looking for just a nominal, down to earth drive experience, and those looking to avoid a pinch in the wallet, we'd recommend some other model for you.
Audi A8 price
|L 50 TDI Quattro |
|1.15 Cr ||1.18 Cr ||1.22 Cr ||1.18 Cr ||1.22 Cr ||1.18 Cr ||1.2 Cr
|L 50 TDI Quattro Premium Plus |
|1.21 Cr ||1.24 Cr ||1.28 Cr ||1.24 Cr ||1.27 Cr ||1.24 Cr ||1.26 Cr
|L 60 TDI Quattro |
|1.4 Cr ||1.44 Cr ||1.49 Cr ||1.44 Cr ||1.48 Cr ||1.44 Cr ||1.45 Cr
|L 60 TFSI Quattro |
|1.46 Cr ||1.49 Cr ||1.55 Cr ||1.49 Cr ||1.54 Cr ||1.49 Cr ||1.5 Cr
|L W12 quattro |
|1.98 Cr ||2.02 Cr ||2.1 Cr ||2.02 Cr ||2.08 Cr ||2.02 Cr ||2.04 Cr
|L Security |
|9.15 Cr ||9.37 Cr ||9.88 Cr ||9.37 Cr ||9.15 Cr ||9.37 Cr ||9.45 Cr