26 Oct '11, 2pm

Audi’s A8 L W12 Arrives for 2012 with 500 hp and a $133,500 Price Tag

When the latest iteration of Audi ’s A8 debuted for 2011, it presented a stupefying blend of artful design, cutting-edge technology, and business-class luxury. The standard A8 4.2 and the quick-to-follow long-wheelbase A8 L 4.2 made fine use of the automaker’s sonorous and refined 4.2-liter V-8 engine, producing 372 hp and 328 ft lbs of torque. Performance was spirited, but there was little doubt that Audi had even bigger plans for its range-topper. This year, the A8 range expands upward with the arrival of the A8 L W12 Quattro, a car that enters the rarefied domain of the V-12-powered Mercedes-Benz S600 and BMW 760Li. It’ll take a keen eye to spot the differences between the 12- and 8-cylinder A8 models—differences that include the new model’s elegantly restyled grille and trapezoidal tailpipes—but with a stab of the right foot, the W12 separates itself from its siblings ...

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