2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: Engine Is A Great Match For The Car

March 07, 2012


Sometimes a car and its engine don't quite seem to in tune with each other (our Infiniti M56 seemed that way to me). But the 4.2-liter V8 in the Audi A8 is perfect for this large luxury sedan.

What a sweet mill. Sure, it doesn't have the twin turbos of the BMW 750i or the bigger displacement of the Mercedes S550. But the acceleration times are on par and it revs so smooth that the 7,000-rpm redline seems like an injustice. Plus, the sounds it makes are sophisticated, highly enjoyable and just at the right volume -- you know it's a V8, but it's not too loud or overbearing.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @10,392 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Audi A8 in VA is:

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