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  Audi A8 W12
2005 - 2009
Audi A8 W12
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Audi A8 W12

Specification
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Supersaloon
Body 4 Door 5 Seat
Saloon
Layout Front Engine
Transmission
Number Built  
Engine
Type Conventional
Details W12
Capacity
366 in3 
Max Power
444 bhp @6200rpm 
Max Torque
427 lb/ft @4000rpm 
Power to Weight
226 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
217 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 74 bhp/litre 
Compression  
Bore x Stroke
 
Fuel Cons
21 mpg 
Emissions 324 g/Km Co2 
Performance
Top Speed
155 mph 
0 - 30 mph
 
0 - 60 mph
5.1 sec 
0 - 100 mph
 
0 - 124 mph
 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
 
Standing qtr Mile
 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd  
Dimensions
Length
 
Width
 
Height
 
Weight
4398 lbs 
Wheels (F/R)
 
Tyres (F/R)
 
Fuel Capacity
 
Pricing (2016)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £15000 - £25000
 
Profile

Audi's flagship model, the second generation A8 W12, now has the power to compete head on with it's leading German rivals the BMW 760 and Mercedes' S Class. The lightweight all alloy W12 pushes out 444bhp which takes the two ton Audi to 60mph from rest in a mere 5 seconds.

Audi's renowned interior design skills are demonstrated to the full in the exceptional quality and finish of the A8's cabin. Exterior design is less certain. Audi having now adopted the huge Auto Union inspired front grille to questionable effect.

The W12 is certainly a wonderful car but whether it justifies the extra 20k over the equally desirable A8 4.2L is debatable.


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
74% 71% 17% 22
Ranks 183 of 771 Ranks 314 of 771 Ranks 60 of 771 Ranks 54 of 771

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