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Best of the Best 2011: Sedans: Audi A8

The secret to the success of the Audi A8 (www.audiusa.com), which finished ahead of sedans by BMW, Jaguar, and Rolls-Royce in Robb Report’s 2011 Car of the Year competition, rests in its underpinnings. Audi seems to have perfected the aluminum space-frame technology that it debuted 17 years ago on the first-generation A8. When combined with the car’s sprightly 4.2-liter V-8 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, the lightweight chassis offers a well-balanced driving experience.

Despite its size, the A8 can reach 60 mph in roughly 5.7 seconds and achieve 27 mpg on the highway. Equally impressive is the car’s list of technologically advanced optional features: night vision, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the industry’s first WLAN mobile Wi-Fi capability.

The $76,900 A8 not only has elevated the Audi brand, but also has established the innovation benchmark for other marques’ flagship sedans.

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