Audi has always been making its own way to be commonly successful in the world of the automotive industry. The thought of making new cars of the Audi has been intuitively pushing the BMW and Mercedes aside and leading the pack in the luxury market of sedans.
The Audi A8 is more aggressive than its predecessor, showing the flat front end that has a short overhang. The tail is high and imposed an overall pronounced wedge shape that gives a sporty outlook. The new A8 and its body components have been significantly reduced by using larger castings and extruded section. This surrounds the fully enclosed aluminum space frame. The A8 possess a fully aerodynamic underbody and flush window seals. Looking from the front exterior part shows an entirely new face of the A8. Framed with sizable intakes and clear glass on the flat, with broad headlamps, and cornering lights, states more unique features.
The A8 has made a lot of improvement when it comes to handling. Its suspension is a newly developed adaptive air system. This entirely replaces the previous A8's conventional setup and has a dynamic, comfort, and automatic modes. The A8 is opting to feature a suspension that's firmer than the standard Dynamic Mode and includes a 0.8-in. lower ride height. Its running gear measures from 17-19-in. diameters and is shod with high performance rubber.
The automotive excellence of the Audi A8, it has pioneered its automotive design, performance, technology and safety with its own determination. With their uncompromising and luxurious cars, for Audi, it's all about seeing beyond the horizon to elevate their cars to a marvelous standard. Every part of the Audi is apparently made with great quality and durability thus, giving once driving experience a great performance.
I had my Audi A8 parked in my heated garage for a few weeks because I had to go away. I tried driving it the other day when I got back, and it was working fine until about 15 miles. The engine started to run above normal temperature and the Check Engine light started to come on. My agent at the dealership said it might be a problem with either the water pump or the thermostat. Is that true?
Yes, you might actually be having a problem with your car's thermostat. This is a part of your engine's cooling system that acts as the watchdog; so called because it's the one that constantly monitors the temperature of the coolant. The thermostat needs to accurately regulate the coolant flow through the radiator to keep the engine within its optimum operating temperature. Over time, and because of regular wear and tear, the thermostat can fail. One sign of failure is when it becomes stuck in the closed position, which means that the circulation of the coolant is blocked and cannot get to the radiator to be cooled. This will cause the engine to overheat. There are several reasons why a thermostat fails, and one is when corrosion sets in. When you stored your car in that heated garage, your car must still have some road salts, which can cause various parts of the car to rust. So make sure that you clean your car thoroughly before storing it in a heated garage.
So I was driving this Audi A8 to work the other day. I probably drove just about 10 minutes, and the car started having problems. I've heard some strange noises while I was trying to shift, and then it began slipping. The engine also showed signs of overheating, so I immediately stopped at the side of the road to call for assistance. I've never had these kinds of problems before, so I want to understand before I take it to the shop. Any idea what's up with my car?
You might want to check your transmission's torque converter. Based on what you've described, plus if there's a Check Engine light you might have failed to mention, what you experienced are signs of a bad torque converter. When the torque converter is not functioning properly, there will be a drop in the fluid pressure; this will result in the transmission and engine overheating. But, this can also be a sign of low fluid levels or a malfunctioning solenoid; check those parts too. A slipping transmission is also an early sign of a bad torque converter, which is a result of transmission fluid not being managed correctly. When too much or too little fluid is passed to the transmission, it will cause the transmission to slip, and you will feel a loss of acceleration when driving. Damaged or malfunctioning torque converter should be checked and replaced immediately. If the transmission or the engine overheats frequently, it could lead to serious damage to your car.
While doing maintenance checks for my Audi A8 this morning, I noticed a pool of red liquid on my garage floor. Is this something serious, or can I still drive my car?
That red fluid leaking on your garage floor is the transmission fluid, and driving in that case should be out of the question. A leaking transmission could get you stalled and stuck on the road, so better to have it checked and fixed first before going on another trip with your A8. The transmission pan, the fluid lines, the gaskets, and seals are among the most common culprits of a leaking transmission, so you should probably check those. What you should do is to identify where the leak is coming from and then have the part repaired or replaced.
History Revisited: The Luxurious and Powerful Audi A8
A world-class proof of German aesthetics and engineering, the Audi A8 is oozing with style, luxury, and power. It was introduced in 1994 as a four-door, luxury sedan and is now on its third generation. Equipped with the renowned Volkswagen Group D and MLB platforms, plush interiors, and a powerful engine, the cherry on the top is an all-aluminum chassis. As a matter of fact, the Audi A8 is the first-ever mass market vehicle to feature such a lightweight yet durable frame.
1994-2002: Typ 4D
Introduced in 1994 at the Geneva Auto Show, the first-gen or Typ 4D Audi A8 was built using the Volkswagen Group D2 platofrm and the Audi Space Frame (ASF), an-aluminum monocoque. By using aluminum on its chassis, the vehicle is known for its light weight yet structural rigidity.
In 1997, the A8 was given several upgrades. These include six new interior airbags and an expanded engine line-up. It was available in either a Quattro permanent four-wheel drive or an FWD (front-wheel drive). The Quattro models were powered by a 4.2 L V8 engine, while the FWD models were backed by either a 2.8 L V6 or a 3.7 L V8 engine. In the same year, a coupe prototype was also unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The coupe featured custom leather seats, a four-passenger capacity, a sloping roofline, and a seamless exterior. However, it never made into the production line. It was last publicly seen in 2002 during test drives.
2002-2009: Typ 4E
Launched in the US in 2003, the second-generation or Typ 4E Audi A8 was built using the Volkswagen Group D3 platform. It was longer than its predecessor and was equipped with a spacious, rear seat configuration. Two variants are offered: the short wheelbase or standard version (A8) and the long wheelbase edition (A8 L).
In 2005, the model came with new internal combustion engines. The 3 L V6 was replaced by a 3.2 L FSI or Fuel Stratified Injection system, but was only made available to European and Asian consumers. The W12 engine was also introduced in the same year. This top-grade engine’s unique compact packaging allowed the manufacturer to come up with an all-wheel drive, 12-cylinder sedan.
In the following years, the Audi A8 received several upgrades. These include a taller and wider trapezoid-based frame grille and new electronic safety systems such as the Audi Lane Assisst and the Audi Side Assist. An A8L Centennial Limited Edition was released in 2009, which featured a chrome-plated grille, a heated leather steering wheel, and 19-inch, 12-spoke aluminum wheels.
2009-present: Typ 4H
The fourth-gen version carries over the ASF construction but is now based on the Volkswagen Group MLB platform. Initial versions are equipped with either a 4.2 L FSI system or a TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) V8 engine.
In 2011, the A8 L Security was introduced. This armored version is built to withstand military hand grenade explosions and includes a safety cell made of high-grade materials such as aluminum, steel, and multi-layered glass.