1998 Audi A8 Owners Manual – Properly, that didn’t require much time, made it happen?
Possibly you recall that in our December 1999 problem — nevertheless easily available in dentists’ waiting bedrooms throughout the continent — we indicted the normally wonderful Audi A8 for the “much less ample” rear-seat area and it is squirmy, howling Continental wheels. These shortcomings relegated the A8 to the third spot in “The Downstairs” comparison check of 5 various substantial-lux cruisers. Now, just several weeks, later on, individuals difficulties have already been resolved with the introduction of the new Audi A8 L 4.2 Quattro.
The “L” indicates a 5.1-inches stretch out of the wheelbase, which in turn outcomes in nearly 4 a lot more cubic ft . of stretch out-out place in the back seat. This customization to the size of the car will not, even so, spoil the classy dimensions of this subtle but classy all-lightweight aluminum sedan. In simple fact, without a glimpse at the rump-attached badging, you could possibly have difficulty picking out the for a long time model.
Curiously, rear-seat legroom only raises by 2.7 in ., as the rear seat is relocated about 2.4 in. ahead in the car and minimized a little bit. The move boosts rear headroom by .3 ” (and shoulder blades area by a smidge), and yes it must decrease the diploma to which rear-revocation inputs perturb those occupying the heated up rear thrones. Among its main competitors, only the extended BMW 7-series trumps the A8 L for lower leg-crossing spaciousness.
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All stretched A8s come normally with rear-seat sunshades, a navigation system, warmed up seats, and Audi’s digital stableness software (ESP) — all of which expands the base price by $6195 to $69,946. This year all A8s get new Sideguard curtain safety bags, a third shoulder joint buckle in the rear seat, new smoother Valcona natural leather covers (had been the older Nappa hides considered tough?), electroluminescent evaluate illumination, and a gentle restyling of the bumpers, front lights, and decklid. And regardless of all of that, the price of the base A8 4.2 Quattro is downward $3519 to $63,751 (the 3.7-liter front-generate model is retired).
Our A8 L was 119 kilos porkier than the Audi contestant in our November comparo, but at the track, the L managed the 60-mph dash in just 6.6 secs, besting the reduced car by .4 second. Our test car’s $1050 optionally available 17-” Goodyear Eagle LS auto tires really helped halt 70-miles per hour improvement in just 180 ft, and so they glommed to the skidpad with .81 g of traction. (The equally ContiTouring Contacts used on our final A8’s 17-inches tire upgrade required 202 feet to avoid and generated only .77 g.) Longtime visitors will recall that we’ve hurled abuse at prior Audis shod with Eagle LSs. Go to think of it, we can’t recall a one A8 that didn’t require a wheel-ectomy. But the Goodyear people have tweaked the rubber biochemistry and development, and the final result is that these new ones are tranquil and grippy at the restriction without having compromising drive quality. An 18-” wheel package is also presented.