AIC AutoSite obtained a 2004 Audi A8 4.2 L for a weeklong evaluation, and emerged from the road test impressed with the German automaker’s latest technological tour de force. We drove the car in the Los Angeles region, covering city streets, multi-lane freeways and twisty two-lane mountain roads during our test-driving.
For 2004, Audi debuts a completely redesigned A8. Continuing to serve as Audi’s most advanced automobile, the 2004 A8 is improved over its predecessor in every way. Initially, the is offered only in long-wheelbase 4.2 L trim, but for 2005, short-wheelbase 4.2 and long-wheelbase 6.0 L V12 versions will be available.
Starting with the hardware, the 2004 Audi A8 4.2 L is powered by an aluminum 4.2-liter V8 engine that meets ULEV emissions standards. In this application, the V8 makes 330 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 317 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm operating on premium unleaded fuel. Despite a curb weight of 4,399 pounds, acceleration from a standstill to 60 mph takes 6.3 seconds, according to Audi, and the EPA rates the 2004 A8 4.2 L at 17-mpg city and 24-mpg highway. Audi includes scheduled maintenance at no charge during the lifetime of the warranty, which last four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Users ranked 2004 Audi A8 against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.
|Fits:||2004 Audi A8 Quattro|
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|Shipped From:||Stockton, California Yard|