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Audi A8 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.0 L W 12-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 450 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Audi A8

  • It may not have the name recognition of its German peers, but the A8 matches or beats them in just about every meaningful category.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Superb driving dynamics, plenty of passenger space, exquisite interior, standard all-wheel drive.

  • Cons

    Inconvenient glovebox location for the CD changer.

  • What's New for 2005

    A standard-wheelbase version of the A8 is introduced this year for those who don't need all the size of the A8 L, along with a tire-pressure monitor, rain-sensing wipers and LED lighting for the door handles and mirror controls. New optional equipment includes a keyless entry and start system, a wood steering wheel and shift knob, satellite radio and power door closers for the front and rear side doors. Horsepower has been bumped up to 335 (from 330). A 6.0-liter W12 power plant, which provides 450 hp, 428 lb-ft of torque, has also been added.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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A8 l worst car ever

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Vehicle: 2005 Audi A8 L W12 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 6A)

I cannot begin to list all the electrical issues I had with this car. Beginning right after it was delivered. Audi North America gave my wife and me a free weekend at a resort to compensate us for our troubles. I got rid of this car and bought a Mercedes, which I had owned before. Don't let anyone tell you the A8 is as good as the S Class. Simply not true, and Audi service stinks! The final straw for me was when the MMI buttons all stuck and Audi refused to cover it under warranty - both the dealer and Audi North America accused me of spilling something on the console to cause the problem. You will spend a lot of unpleasant time in the Audi dealer service department if you get an A8



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Total disaster

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Vehicle: 2005 Audi A8 L W12 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 6A)

We had 2 Audi A6s prior to this new A8L. The A6s were great, so we thought the new A8L would be fabulous. Boy were we wrong. The car has been in the shop 19 times in the last 22 months. It spent the whole month of December 2006 in the shop with the MMI system. It seems to have an electrical gremlin that appears every 2000 miles or 6 weeks, whichever comes first. It has been towed to the dealship twice because it would not crank at all. Audi A8 customer care has not been a big help either. Without a doubt the worst car experience we have ever had.



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W12 my best yet

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Vehicle: 2005 Audi A8 L W12 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 6A)

Having had several nice cars, Citroen SM, 928, A4, I find this the best overall designed car yet. The MPG was expected to be low, but that comes with a car of this performance. The features are extensive and useful, especially the adjustable ride which reminds me of the SM. I give this car my highest overall rating ever.



Full 2005 Audi A8 Review

What's New for 2005

A standard-wheelbase version of the A8 is introduced this year for those who don't need all the size of the A8 L, along with a tire-pressure monitor, rain-sensing wipers and LED lighting for the door handles and mirror controls. New optional equipment includes a keyless entry and start system, a wood steering wheel and shift knob, satellite radio and power door closers for the front and rear side doors. Horsepower has been bumped up to 335 (from 330). A 6.0-liter W12 power plant, which provides 450 hp, 428 lb-ft of torque, has also been added.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
/
  • 19
  • highway
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