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2001 Audi A8 Sedan

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2001 Audi A8L 4.2 Quattro

Source: The Car Connection

Stretching the limits of automotive luxury.

by Marc K. Stengel

It is the rare car that defines itself by the standards of its backseat.

From this agreeable perch, nevertheless, I am most content to issue my opinions about Audi's flagship, in almost papal splendor. This special A8's "L" designation refers to the five extra inches of chassis length assigned principally to rear passengers. Lazing recumbent in this leather-swathed romper room, with the black mesh sunshades raised over the side windows, and another automatically elevated across the rear glass, I have found the epitome of "stretch" in all its mental, moral, and physical meanings.

Regardless of where I'm going or who is taking me there, I am the precious cargo that this car was built to serve. Indeed, word of an "Office Package" dealer option with electronically folding desk and minibar-type cooler for the rear gives me even less incentive to leave the shadowy folds of this sumptuous womb with a view.

The plain facts from the statistics sheet barely do justice to the A8 L's special character: Front leg room is 41.3 inches, rear is 41.1 inches. How can those two numbers, rare as they are in their excruciating proximity, possibly convey the profound significance of this huge, roomy, imposing sedan, whose silky power nevertheless exults in 6.8-second rips from zero to 60? There are 310 horses chomping at their bits under that sheening expanse of aluminum hood. There are four overhead camshafts strumming 40 valves in their V-8 ranks. The music can only be measured as 302 lb-ft of pulling power distributed through all four wheels, thanks to Audi's sophisticated, fourth-generation quattro all-wheel-drive system. Computerized stability control, combined with quattro's unique driving feel, transforms this giant automotive trireme into as nimble a sport-touring performance sedan as ever plied the asphalt seas.

Legs, and a sense of direction

This is more than two tons of luxury car, but she's got legs. Smarts too. The steering wheel now includes controls for the 200-watt, six-CD sound system; hands-free telephone; and Tiptronic shifter, which manipulates the five-speed automatic transmission. Both front seats are adjustable 14 different ways. Rear seats are heated just like those up front. And SIDEGUARD head airbags along the full length of the interior now join the quartet of side bags for each outboard occupant, front and rear, and the full-size dual bags up front. It's enough, presumably, to blow you away - to safety, of course - should the unthinkable ever occur and all eight airbags deploy at once.

Dual-zone heating and cooling give both driver and front passenger respective control over their individual microclimates. Sunlight sensors further refine the accuracy of the personal cooling systems, while a charcoal-filtered smog sensor is capable of sealing off the stale exhalations of the greater, less fortunate world-at-large. On especially cold days, moreover, the A8's microclimate system even recirculates the sedan's residual heat while it is parked.

Standard satellite navigation for an open-road wunderkar like this goes without saying, and I found Audi's system to be as intuitive, accurate, and distraction-free as the best of its rivals. Distraction abatement is also the inspiration, it seems, for the optional Parktronic warning system, which employs radar-like acoustic transponders in the bumpers to avert those dings that an aluminum-bodied car can render so exorbitantly expensive. This sensitivity to the difficulty and expense of ironing out aluminum wrinkles has also prompted Audi to tout its network of dedicated repair facilities nationwide.

Less easy to fathom is Audi's decision to extend its basic warranty for 2001 to four years and 50,000 miles from three years/50,000 miles previously. Random anecdotal accounts tell of the difficulties that Audi's sumptuous A8 faces in preserving its resale value even after a few years. Might that extra 33 percent of warranty coverage be intended to support the cars' residual values after the conclusion of a typical three-year lease?

Legs, smarts - what else is there? For all the A8 L's functional charms, she's less assertive, perhaps, in flaunting them to their most dazzling visual effect. Sleek, uncomplicated, Bauhaus - these are the associations that most naturally come to mind when trying to avoid characterizing a nearly $73,000 car as merely plain. There's no suggestion of the shark-like, predatory aggression that distinguishes BMW's 7-Series sedans from the common crowd; neither is there the vampy, flirty self-confidence of Mercedes-Benz's sinuously redesigned S-Class. The Audi A8 feels like a booster rocket to drive, like a stateroom to be driven around in. But to look upon it is to see Audi emulating the wan styling of a Lexus sedan, even as Japanese designers at Lexus consistently fail time and again to capture the sparkling essence of European flair.

Such is the curious paradox of Audi's largest, most luxurious sedan that her reticent demeanor veils her genuinely bravado accomplishments. She is more performer than looker, more indulging in her comforts than fetching in her appearance. Her sumptuous appointments and her engineering brilliance are beyond dispute, however; and with regard to ferrying about town and country in a flagship of style, passengers in Audi's A8 L - particularly those in the rear - take a backseat to no one.

2001 Audi A8 L 4.2 Quattro

Base price base: $67,900; as tested, $72,550
Engine: 4.2-liter V-8, 310 hp
Transmission: Five-speed automatic with Tiptronic control, all-wheel drive
Length x width x height: 203.3 in x 79 in x 56.6 in
Wheelbase: 118.5 in
Curb weight: 4156 lb
EPA City/Hwy: 17/24 mpg
Safety equipment: Dual-stage front SRS airbags, front & rear side airbags, SIDEGUARD head airbags, ABS, electronic stability control
Major standard equipment: Aluminum-alloy space frame, dual-zone HVAC w/ sun sensors, GPS, 14-way adjusting front seats, leather & wood upholstery, electronic differential lockup (front and rear), Tiptronic/radio/telephone controls on steering wheel
Warranty: Four years/50,000 miles

© 2000 The Car Connection


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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Audi Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

You're not just getting an Audi. You're getting peace of mind.

Enjoy the many benefits of Audi ownership: A comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, CARFAX® Vehicle History Report, special financing and competitive interest rates, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, transferability of the Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and more. At Audi, we're there for you every step of the way so you can focus on what you love to do most: driving.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2010-2015 with less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 300+ Point Inspection and Certification Process
View the checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $85

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