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Published: August 3, 2012 | 7:47 am
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Audi India has just launched a new variant of its flagship A8L luxury saloon, with a 4.2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine. The A8L, where L denoted long wheelbase, is the flagship model of the German luxury car maker, and this car sits right at the top of Audi’s saloon range.  The 4.2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine is the big change on the 2012 Audi A8L, with the V8 engine producing a peak power of 350 Bhp whle peak torque comes in at 800 Nm. The car is priced at INR 1.075 crore, ex-showroom-Maharashtra and bookings for the same are now open.

2011 Audi A8L

2012 Audi A8L 4.2 TDI Luxury Saloon

The Audi A8L is imported into India as a completely build unit(CBU) and joins the two other variants of the car which are already on sale in the country. The 0ther variants of the Audi A8L in the Indian car market are the 3 Liter TDI V6 turbo diesel engined version, the 4.2 Liter FSI turbo petrol engine and the high performance 6.3 Liter W12 turbo petrol engine. These three engines are already offered on the Audi A8 with the 3 Liter TDI engine forming the base variant of the car. The 3 Liter diesel engine brings in the maximum volumes and mainly competes with similar variants of the Mercedes Benz S-Class and the BMW 7 Series cars.

Coming back to the 4.2 Liter TDI diesel engine, the whopping 800 Nm of torque that this motor produces will be transmitted to all four wheels of the big Audi saloon through a 8 speed automatic gearbox. All this torque will endow the A8L with some very swift acceleration, what with the nought to hundred sprint coming in just 5.5 seconds. The top speed of the 2012 Audi A8L 4.2 TDI is an electronically governed 250 Kph. The car uses extensive aluminum in its construction to keep weight low. Therefore, Audi India plans to continue CBU import of this car rather than resorting to CKD assembly.

Audi India has been one luxury brand that has been associating itself with celebrities in India, to promote its cars. This time around, Bollywood actor Abhishek Bacchan will be the first customer of the Audi A8. In the past, Audi has used other celebrities, most famously Katrina Kaif and Lisa Ray, both Bollywood Actresses, to promote the Audi Q3 crossover. In almost every Audi launch event in India, one or the other Bollywood celebrity is usually around to do the unveiling honors. For the A8L though, no such fireworks were witnessed given that the launch was mainly a variant than a new model.


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