2012 Audi A8L: Transmission Is Also Really Good. Mostly.
March 09, 2012
Helping to further the charm of the A8's 4.2-liter V8 is the ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. It upshifts quickly for fuel economy, but throttle tip-in isn't overly laggardly. It also responds pretty willingly to modest increases in throttle (climbing grades, for instance) and selecting the appropriate gear for a downshift. If you need a little more response, the Sport mode usually will do you right.
I will say that the A8's manual transmission mode is a little disappointing, though. The main issue I have with it is that downshifts aren't completely rev-matched, making them a little herky-jerky. It's not a huge deal considering the A8's primary mission of luxury, but at the same time it's kind of expected, right? Also, the shift paddles are just generic plastic paddles and are incongruous to the rest of the rest of the interior in terms of quality.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor