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Audi A8 Threewords bestdescribe the 2011A8... intelligent,powerful andefficient.


Theoptimized4.2FSIengineprovides372hpand328lb-ftof torque.Constructed from lightweight aluminum alloy with direct injection (FSI), the A8 can accel- erate to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. And with an EPA rating of 17 city, 27 highway, the A8 delivers better fuel economy than some hybrid vehicles. Adaptive air suspension proves that sport and comfort can coexist. With


independent control of the damping characteristics at each corner, the driver can choose the desired ride quality through the drive select system, tailoring the experience to suit the conditions at hand. Audi’s new eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission balances acceleration and fuel economy, while allowing the driver to select gears manually with nearly imperceptible shifts. The world-renowned quattro®


all-wheel drive system works in conjunction


with the sport differential to distribute torque independently between the two rear wheels. Reacting in less than 100 milliseconds, the electronic differential eliminates understeer and increases agility by adding torque to the outside rear wheel and providing a level of driver engagement unmatched in its class. Thenightvisionassistantwithfront-mountedthermal-imaginginfraredcamera detects pedestrians and animals, alerting driver through the central information


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display. Pedestrians are highlighted, and if they are crossing the path of the A8, a visual and acoustic warning is provided. Incorporating a variety of systems and sensors, Audi braking guard detects


critical situations ahead and alerts the driver with a warning sound and subtle jolt of the brakes. If a crash is imminent, the air suspension adjusts, the seats are moved to their optimal positions, the safety belts are pre-tensioned, the sunroof and side windows are closed, and partial brake activation is applied. The A8 uses an advanced camera system that warns a driver with a gentle


vibration through the steering wheel if the vehicle has moved out of its lane. The Audi drive select system allows the driver to change the dynamic


characteristics instantly, by altering steering and throttle response, shift points, and damper stiffness. There is a front seat ventilation and massage package that provides occupants


with unmatched comfort and reduced fatigue. The solar sunroof panels under the sunroof glass power a fan inside the cabin to create a constant stream of fresh air, reducing interior temperatures by up to 50 percent on warm days, even when the engine is off. The Audi A8... intelligent, powerful and efficient. MSRP: $78,050


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