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2021 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro AWD
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2021 Audi A8
L 3.0T quattro AWD
Cherise Threewitt Preview:

The A8 is Audi’s flagship sedan, last redesigned in 2019. New engine options appeared last year, and this year, there are a few minor feature updates. Rivals include the BMW 7 Series, ...

2021 BMW 7 Series
740i RWD
Michael Perkins Preview:

Changes abound for the 7 Series in 2021, although it’d be easy to miss most of them. Features like Drive Recorder, remote engine start, and heated armrests all become standard, while n...

Specs

2021 Audi A8
L 3.0T quattro AWD
2021 BMW 7 Series
740i RWD
Powertrain 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
AWD
RWD
Fuel Economy, City
17 MPG
22 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
26 MPG
29 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 21.7 gal 20.6 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
335 hp @ 5,000 RPM
335 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque
369 lb-ft @ 1,370 RPM
331 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
11.2:1
11:1
Displacement
3,000 cc
3,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.33 in x 3.5 in
3.23 in x 3.72 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Rear Side Airbags Standard --
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player -- Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 41.5 in 41.4 in
Back Legroom 44.3 in 44.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 12.5 cu ft 18.2 cu ft
Maximum Payload 970 lbs 915 lbs
Exterior
Length 208.7 in 207.4 in
Width 83.9 in 85.4 in
Height 58.6 in 58.2 in
Wheelbase 123.2 in 126.4 in

Available Options

2021 Audi A8
L 3.0T quattro AWD

Exterior Colors

  • FLORETT Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Monsoon Gray Metallic
  • Moonlight Blue Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • NAVARRA Blue Metallic
  • Savannah Beige Metallic
  • Seville Red Metallic
  • Terra Gray Metallic
  • Vesuvius Gray Metallic

Option Packages

  • Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System
  • Executive Plus Package
  • Luxury Package
  • S Line Plus Package
  • Wheels: 21" 10-Y-Spoke-EVO-Design
2021 BMW 7 Series
740i RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Alpine White
  • Bernina Grey Amber Effect
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Cashmere Silver Metallic
  • DRAVIT Grey Metallic
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Donington Gray Metallic
  • Frozen Bluestone Metallic
  • Individual AVENTURIN Red Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • PHYTONIC Blue Metallic
  • TANZANITE Blue II Metallic

Option Packages

  • Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System
  • Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional
  • Alcantara Headliner in Upholstery Color
  • Anthracite Alcantara Headliner
  • Ash Grain Black & Red Wood Trim
  • Individual Piano Finish Black Trim
  • Autobahn Package
  • Driving Assistance Professional Package
  • Executive Package
  • Front Massaging Seats (Discontinued)
  • Interior Design Package
  • Luxury Rear Seating Package
  • M Sport Brakes W/Black Calipers
  • M Sport Brakes W/Blue Calipers
  • M Sport Package
  • Premium Package
  • Remote Control Parking
  • Wood Inlay Leather Steering Wheel
  • Black, Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Black, Perforated Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Ivory White/Black, Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Ivory White/Black, Perforated Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Mocha, Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Mocha, Perforated Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • AMARONE Brown/Black, Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
  • Black, Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
  • Cognac, Nappa Leather W/Quilting Upholstery
  • Cognac, Perforated Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Fiona Red/Black, Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
  • Front Ventilated Seats
  • Mocha, Nappa Leather W/Quilting Upholstery
  • Smoke White/Black, Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
  • Smoke White/Night Blue, Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
  • TARTUFO, Individual Full Merino Leather Upholstery
  • ZAGORA Beige, Perforated Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • Integral Active Steering
  • Wheels: 19" X 8.5" V-Spoke Style 620
  • Wheels: 20" X 8.5" FR & 20" X 10" RR M Orbit Grey
  • Wheels: 20" X 8.5" FR & 20" X 10" RR M Star-Spoke
  • Wheels: 20" X 8.5" FR & 20" X 10" RR Multi-Spoke
  • Wheels: 20" X 8.5" FR & 20" X 10" RR V-Spoke

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