Standard specification highlights for both models include:
Safety is equally well covered in the A8. Driver, passenger and side airbags, the SIDEGUARD head airbag protection system, new brake and indicator lights using rapid illumination LED technology, ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) traction control and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) traction control all feature as standard.
A8 series production has now begun at the multi-million Euro Audi Aluminium Centre in Neckarsulm, Germany. Its ground breaking manufacturing techniques, perfected in the production of the first A8 and the more recent A2, have ensured that the new Audi A8 space frame shell is even more rigid and protective, whilst at the same time lighter, than its predecessor.
As a result, both models have class leading power to weight ratios, resulting from an exceptional lightest in class 1,780 kg kerb weight, which create a feeling of agility rarely achievable in a luxury or D-Segment car.
Powered by a 3.7-litre V8 petrol engine with 280bhp, the A8 3.7 quattro can reach 62mph from rest in 7.3 seconds. The 4.2-litre V8, delivering 335bhp, reduces this acceleration time to 6.3 seconds. Both have a top speed electronically limited to 155mph.
The new Audi A8 is due to go on sale in the UK in the spring of 2003.
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