2016 Audi A8

Performance


$49,632 - $85,203

2016 Audi A8 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Audi A8 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.9

The 2016 Audi A8 is revered for its serene ride and controlled handling. Critics praise its arsenal of standard and optional engines for delivering ample power. Additionally, some reviewers note that the A8 feels smaller than it actually is from behind the wheel, indicating it is easy to drive.

  • "The big Audi's suspension smooths out the roughest of pavement, and the cabin remains as quiet as a crypt over a variety of surfaces and at highway speeds. This desirable combination of world-class comfort and athletic handling sets the 2016 Audi A8 apart in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "The A8's 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 provides seemingly unending bursts of power, and all of its functions, even the fuel-saving engine stop/start feature, work seamlessly." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its aluminum-intensive construction allows the big Audi to waft along the road feeling much lighter, smaller, and more tossable than any full-size luxury sedan has a right to." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Acceleration and Power 

The base A8 L comes standard with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 333 horsepower. A 4.0-liter V8 that makes 450 horsepower is also available. The A8 L W12 has a 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine that produces 500 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy for the base V6 model is decent for the class, at an EPA-estimated 19/29 mpg city/highway.

The performance-oriented Audi S8 is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that makes 605 horsepower and 517 pound-feet of torque. According to Audi, the S8 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

The A8's base V6 delivers ample power. Still, the V8-powered model feels significantly faster and the W12 model delivers effortless acceleration. The performance-tuned S8 is praised for its power and speed, and the standard eight-speed automatic is well-regarded for its smooth shifts.

  • "Of course, the supercharged V6 in the A8 3.0T provides brisk response in pretty much any driving situation, but the V8 model gets up to speed with a flood of power and such minimal effort that you'll be smitten with it. … Although it won't outrun the excellent 4.0T model, the portly W12 is destined to be the rarest A8, and it accelerates with the yawning ease that only 12 cylinders can provide." -- Edmunds
  • "The A8 is available with a choice of two forced induction engines. There's also the … S8 for those in search of rocketship acceleration." -- Left Lane News
  • "Three gasoline engines … are available for the 2016 Audi A8, all connected to a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The 2016 A8 comes standard with all-wheel drive and an adaptive air suspension that makes real-time adjustments to the suspension based on road conditions. The A8 delivers an admirable blend of ride comfort and handling poise, feeling serene over rough roads and confident on twisty ones. The performance-oriented S8 model has even more confident handling while sacrificing little in ride comfort.

  • "What's more, the A8 still delivers the superb ride comfort expected of an elite luxury sedan. The big Audi's suspension smooths out the roughest of pavement, and the cabin remains as quiet as a crypt over a variety of surfaces and at highway speeds. This desirable combination of world-class comfort and athletic handling sets the 2016 Audi A8 apart in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "The A8 is fitted as standard with a full air suspension that contributes to the expected pillowy ride but also provides unusually deft handling. Dynamics can be further tightened up with the optional Sport Plus Package, which brings adaptive dampers, dynamic steering a rear sport differential that sends torque to the outside rear wheel in turns to quell understeer." -- Left Lane News
  • "Nimble for its size and always eager to please, the enthusiast-oriented 2016 Audi S8 sacrifices very little of the A8's luxurious nature, yet returns a much more enjoyable driving experience." -- Kelley Blue Book

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