Best of the Best 2012: Sedans: Audi A8 L W12

The big man on Audi’s campus is the long, luxurious 12-cylinder version of the new A8 sedan, the Audi A8 L W12 ( No other automobile offers so much performance, luxury, and refinement in such an understated package. Priced from $133,500, the new W12 is for those who want it all but prefer flying under […]

Audi’s A8 L W12 Arrives for 2012 with 500 hp and a $133,500 Price Tag

When the latest iteration of Audi’s A8 debuted for 2011, it presented a stupefying blend of artful design, cutting-edge technology, and business-class luxury. The standard A8 4.2 and the quick-to-follow long-wheelbase A8 L 4.2 made fine use of the automaker’s sonorous and refined 4.2-liter V-8 engine, producing 372 hp and 328 ft lbs of torque. […]

Best of the Best 2011: Sedans: Audi A8

The secret to the success of the Audi A8 (, 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 […]

FrontRunners: Greater Eight

Audi’s flagship 2011 A8 ( will employ the latest in mobile and wireless technology, facilitated by the innovative Nvidia Tegra computing chip. This ultra-low-power mobile web processor allows driver and passenger to browse the Internet and use navigation tools such as Google Earth mapping. LED headlamps on the A8 will adjust the height and angle […]

Autos: Inconspicuous Consumption

There is a story, perhaps apocryphal, about a man who picked up his new Audi A8 in Los Angeles, drove it across the country at enormous speeds to Miami Beach, and then proudly parked outside Joe’s Stone Crab—where no one paid any attention to his arrival. Even if people had noticed the car, from observing […]

Car of the Year 2006: Audi A8 L W12

Audi’s A8 L W12 was the tuxedo in our wardrobe of beautifully tailored driving machines. It carried itself with Department of State formality on a wheelbase of near-limousine dimensions. The deep, bottomless azure paint coating its exterior added to the car’s evening-wear elegance, and with enough insulation to reduce a Boston Pops performance to an echo, […]