2011 Audi A8 Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds

2011 Audi A8 - Road Test Specs

2011 Audi A8 Sedan

(4.2L V8 AWD 8-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
Style4.2 FSI Quattro
Base MSRP$78,925
Options on test vehicleBang & Olufsen Audio System ($6,300); Convenience Package ($2,350 -- includes keyless entry, power trunk operation, parking system with rearview camera); Premium Package ($2,000 -- includes 22-way-adjustable climate-controlled seats, wood interior trim); LED Headlights ($1,400); 20-Inch Wheels With Summer Performance Tires ($750); Leather Package ($750 -- includes center console, door armrests, airbag cap); Dual-Pane Acoustic/Security Glass ($600).
As-tested MSRP$93,625


Drive typeAll-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated direct-injected V8, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4,163cc (254 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)12.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)372 @ 6,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)328 @ 3,500
Fuel typePremium unleaded (recommended)
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=4.714, II=3.143, III=2.106, IV=1.667, V=1.285, VI=1.000, VII=0.839, VIII=0.667; Final Drive=3.204


Suspension, frontIndependent multilink, pneumatic springs, driver-adjustable multimode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, pneumatic springs, driver-adjustable multimode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle F1
Tire typeSummer performance front and rear
Tire size, frontP265/40R20
Tire size, rearP265/40R20
Wheel materialCast-aluminum
Brakes, front15-inch ventilated disc, two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear14-inch ventilated disc, single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.5
0-45 mph (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph (sec.)6.2
0-75 mph (sec.)8.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.1 @ 100.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)106
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.82
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.5
@ Full throttle (dB)69.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSlight delay in default Drive/Auto modes. Engine is freakishly quiet and distant. Engine is very smooth, although in Sport/Dynamic modes all that changes dramatically, especially with brake-torque launch, where the car leaps off the line and bangs off harsh upshifts. The result? A full second quicker to 60 and another 2 mph in trap speed in the quarter-mile. Deceptively fast.
Braking commentsModerately firm pedal throughout seven runs. Started out short and got progressively shorter distances. Near zero dive in dynamic mode and arrow straight. Powerful, fade-free and trustworthy.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Tires are easily tortured with stability control off, but chassis does a good job of staying composed with informative (but light) steering. With stability control on I felt the throttle close slightly, so no tire abuse. Slalom: Rewards slow-in, fast-out technique. Crisp turn-in, plenty of grip and good transitional response. Went faster with stability control on. Couldn't beat the electronics this time. Impressive.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70.9
Relative humidity (%)59.6
Wind (mph, direction)5.0, headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/27 highway/21 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)23.8

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,409
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,336
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)57/43
Length (in.)202.2
Width (in.)76.7
Height (in.)57.5
Wheelbase (in.)117.8
Track, front (in.)64.7
Track, rear (in.)64.4
Turning circle (ft.)41.0
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)38.7
Headroom, front (in.)37.2
Headroom, rear (in.)38.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)57.8
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.6


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 year/5,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard

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