First Generation (1994-2002)The first generation Audi A8 offered various engine choices. The A8 was first offered in European market. The all new Audi Space Frame work used in the construction of body reduced the overall weight to large extent, without sacrificing the structural rigidity.
The Audi A8 was slightly redesigned in 1997 and it was offered in either front wheel drive or in Torsen Quattro four wheel drive. The standard engine to the model was 2.8 liter V6 version that delivers 190 hp, while other engines offered as optional include 3.7L V8 and 4.2L V8. The standard luxury features in the model were enhanced BOSE audio system, 14-way power and heated seats, wood and leather interior trim and dual zone climate control.
Second Generation (2002-Present)
The Audi A8 is totally redesigned in 2002. It is designed based on the Volkswagen Group D2. The engine options and the features remain same as that of in the previous model.
As far as the exterior dimensions of the A8 are concerned, it has the wheel base of 113.5 inches, length of 198.2 inches, width of 74.0 inches and height of 56.6 inches. The Audi A8 is related to Audi S8.2011 Audi A8 comes with 4.2-liter DOHC V-8. featuring an increase of about 22 hp and 4 lb-ft of torque, but you’ll have to shell out about $90, 000 to get your hands on the latest version of A8.
This time around, the new hp level would be 372 hp, and with 4lb-ft increase, new Audi A8 will deliver 328 lb-ft. The LED headlamps, and bigger tires would mark the styling cues of new A8.