The Audi A8 is the flagship of Audi’s lineup. It’s available in two lengths – short wheelbase ( which is still very large ) or long wheelbase ( the “L” trim ). The long wheelbase turns the A8 into a sort of private limo – the rear seat area is vast.
The A8 competes directly with the BMW 7 series and the Mercedes-Benz S class – and it doesn’t fall short. While not everyone may like the funky grille of the A8 ( count me in ), the rest of the vehicle, inside and out, exudes class and luxury. You even have your choice of a 12 cylinder engine on the long wheelbase model – a W12 to be exact. Equipped with the W12, the A8 will rocket through the quarter mile in less than 14 seconds – especially incredible considering the nearly 5,000 lb curb weight. Those wacky Germans must know what they’re doing, after all.
2007 Audi A8 Specs
- 350 HP 4.2 liter V8 standard
- 450 HP 6.0 liter W8 available on L trim
- 6 speed automatic transmission
- Quattro AWD
- Short or Long wheelbase available
- Front and rear side & side curtain airbags standard
- EPA Says : 15 mpg city / 21 mpg highway ( W12 )
2007 Audi A8 Reviews
Edmunds reviews the 2007 Audi A8 and writes – ‘Throttle response is gratifying with either engine. Whether taking off from a stoplight or jetting up to cruising speed on the freeway, a solid rush of power is always on tap. Powerfully reassuring brakes that are easily modulated have no problem reining in the A8. The air suspension is well sorted; left in automatic mode the system works just fine, providing a soft but not mushy ride and solid composure through the twisty bits. And when used in the “Dynamic” setting, body lean is kept to an absolute minimum, making the Audi A8 feel more like a compact sport sedan rather than a large flagship luxury car.’
The Orlando Sentinal reviews the 2007 Audi A8 and writes – ‘Aside from the all-wheel-drive, the A8 L was absolutely loaded with safety and stability equipment, ranging from 10 air bags inside to a “high-pressure headlight washer system” outside. The air suspension continuously monitors load and speed, and adjusts the Audi’s height to match. Handling was much more crisp than any car this large should be able to manage; braking was excellent. There is really nothing much here to criticize, nor should there be at this price.’
Automotive.com reviews the 2007 Audi A8 and writes – ‘To say the A8 has a smooth ride is an understatement. The height adjustable air suspension offers incredible compliance, while low profile tires give great feel for the road. Most drivers wont likely be hurtling their A8s will through mountain passes on a regular basis, but its comforting to know that its lightweight construction, outrageously wide tires, quattro AWD and well-tuned suspension all work together to make the A8s drive a safe and enjoyable one no matter what you plan to do with it. On that note when the need for enjoyment surfaces, the A8 will arise to the occasion with extremely planted and solid handling abilities, not expected from such a car.’
Autobytel reviews the 2007 Audi A8 and writes – ‘Audi faces few competitors in the premium luxury sedan class, yet its sales trail the heavy hitters from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus. That’s a shame: this is a terrific automobile. The Mercedes S-Class (pictured) is the only other car at this price point to offer AWD like the Audi. Additional European competition includes the soon-to-be-replaced BMW 7 Series and the updated-for-2008 Jaguar XJ. Lexus offers the hot-selling LS, which is available in hybrid format next year.’