2011 Audi A8 Road Test 3 Specs | Edmunds

2011 Audi A8 - Road Test Specs

2011 Audi A8 Sedan

(4.2L V8 AWD 8-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2011 Audi A8 4.2 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 8A)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$78,925
Options on test vehiclePhantom Black Pearl Effect; Driver Assistance Package ($3,000 -- includes adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go; Audi lane assist; Audi side assist; Audi pre sense plus; four-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shifter paddles [standard on the A8 L model]); Convenience Package ($2,350 -- includes keyless entry and keyless ignition, power trunk open/close, Audi parking system advanced with rearview camera); Premium Package ($2,000 -- includes 22-way ventilated multicontour comfort front seats with pneumatic lumbar support and six-way pneumatic massage, wood trim on the rear side of the seat); LED Headlights ($1,400); 20-Inch 10-Parallel-Spoke Wheels ($1,200 -- includes 20-inch 10-parallel spoke wheels with summer performance tires); Leather Upgrade ($750 -- includes door armrest and center console in leather with premium stitching).
As-tested MSRP$89,625
Assembly locationNeckarsulm, Baden Wuertemberg, Germany


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected, V8, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4,163cc (254 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)12.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)372 @ 6,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)328 @ 3,500
Fuel typePremium unleaded (recommended)
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic
Transmission 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 ratio (x:1)3.204
Differential(s)Front: hypoid gear, electronically locking; Center: torque-sensing self-locking; Rear: open


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 make and modelGoodyear Eagle F1
Tire typeSummer performance front and rear
Tire size, frontP265/40R20
Tire size, rearP265/40R20
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front15-inch ventilated disc, two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear14-inch ventilated disc, one-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.2
0-45 mph (sec.)3.5
0-60 mph (sec.)5.2
0-75 mph (sec.)8.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.8 @ 102.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.0
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.5
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.2
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.7
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.1 @ 100.9
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)106
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.5
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON66.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.87
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.82
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.5
@ Full throttle (dB)69.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.7
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,800

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSlight delay in default Drive/Auto modes. Engine is freakishly quiet and distant. Engine is very smooth; however, in Sport/Dynamic modes all that changes dramatically, especially with brake-torque launch where it 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 ESC off but chassis does a good job of staying composed with informative (but light) steering. With ESC on I felt the throttle close slightly, so no tire abuse. Slalom: After realizing how long this car is I eventually found understeer at the limit with ESC off. Rewards slow-in, fast-out technique. Crisp turn-in, plenty of grip and good transitional response. Went faster with ESC on. Couldn't beat the electronics this time. Impressive.

Testing Conditions

Test date9/21/2010
Test locationCal Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70.9
Relative humidity (%)59.6
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.7
Wind (mph, direction)5.0, headwind
Odometer (mi.)2,178
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/27 highway/21 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)23.8
Driving range (mi.)642.6

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionBose 14-speaker, 630-watt AM/FM in-dash single CD/DVD with CD/MP3 playback stereo
Satellite radioStandard Sirius
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional DVD player
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard hard drive
Smart entry/StartOptional ignition, doors
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar front and rear back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringOptional departure warning
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional
Night VisionOptional

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
Step-in height, measured (in.)15.9
Trunk volume (cu-ft)13.2
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)27.5
GVWR (lbs.)Not Published
Ground clearance (in.)4.7


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

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