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 |  Oct 07 2010, 6:54 AM

Audi has just announced its U.S. prices for 2011 Audi A8, its luxury flagship sedan and the 2011 Audi R8 V8 sports car, which is coming soon.

“With this 2011 pricing strategy, Audi is determined to hit the sweet spot of performance, technology and value,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “The model year ahead offers great promise for the Audi brand to build on its momentum story in the U.S.”

The all-new Audi A8 will start in price at $78,050, while the Audi R8 4.2 quattro price remains the same as it did in 2010. As for the Audi TT, which is due out in early 2011, this vehicle will start at an affordable $38,300.

Expect a broad range of advanced features in the Audi 8, including the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission and the next-generation of the Audi MMI system with the industry exclusive MMI touch technology. It also comes equipped with a touchpad feature with handwriting recognition, which allows your to enter multimedia, navigation and communications commands. Other features include quattro all-wheel-drive technology and aluminum ASF construction to keep weight down.

Check out all the official release after the jump, and read all about our take on the Audi A8 here.

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Detroit 2010: 2011 Audi A8 Gets Grille-Licious

New A8 flagship gets more style, power and luxury

 |  Jan 12 2010, 2:08 PM

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Shown previously during the Design Week festivities in Miami, Audi’s new 2011 A8 flagship luxury sedan has now made its auto show debut in Detroit. Now you might not have believed that Audi’s massive front grille could get any more…. well… massive, but it has.

In addition to this new design cue, which is sure to make its way down through the rest of the Audi brand as new models roll out, the flagship A8 also takes some design elements from car’s like the A4 and A5 – including the sporty rear end.

Sporty is exactly where Audi wants to take the new A8. To aid in making the car a more nimble handler, it gets Audi’s light weight aluminum space frame. The car is both longer and wider than its competitors and yet has a lower overall height for a better center of gravity. Compared to the previous A8, Audi says it is 3-inches longer and 2-inches wider. Audi hasn’t released any specific info on the curb weight of the vehicle but says it will be 50 lbs less than an S-Class and 200-lbs less than a 7 Series. Those numbers jump to 200 and 400 lbs respectively, if you put the AWD Audi up against AWD versions from Mercedes and BMW.

Under the hood there’s an updated version of Audi’s 4.2-liter V8 engine with 372-hp and 328 ft-lbs of torque, for a 0-62 mph time of just 5.7 seconds. Thanks in part to a new eight-speed tiptronic gearbox, Audi claims an improvement in fuel-efficiency by 15 percent.

Technological highlights on the car include a new version of Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) called MMI Touch, that can recognize handwriting for entering navigation instructions. There’s also adaptive cruise control, night vision assist, Audi lane assist and Audi side assist, Audi braking guard to notify a driver of an impact and automatic emergency braking to actually stop the car if the driver doesn’t react. Finally there are some stunning full-LED headlights, that will actually point into a corner in accordance with the navigation system. And as for the A8’s new body, it is incredibly aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of just 0.26 cd – just one tick off the Prius’s.

The all-new 2011 Audi A8 will go on sale late in 2010, with an extended wheelbase model offered at the same time.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed during Audi’s press conference in Detroit, that a hybrid version of the A8 is on its way and will debut at the Geneva Auto Show in march.

GALLERY: 2011 Audi A8

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Official: 2011 Audi A8 Debuts in Miami

New flagship luxury sedan gets more power, better fuel-economy and lots of new technology

 |  Dec 01 2009, 10:25 AM

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Audi’s all-new A8 model for 2011 was unveiled yesterday during the Design Week festivities in Miami and we have to admit that the anticipation might be better than the real thing – t0 look at anyway. That’s not to say the new A8 isn’t a good looking piece of sheetmetal, but it’s not the revolutionary work-of-art one might expect to debut at a design festival. Much of the look is typical Audi, with the A8 mimicking style highlights from the rest of the brand. In particular, the rear of the luxury saloon has a definite resemblance to the A5 and A4. This brand continuity in design also helps the A8 to look much smaller and sportier.

And sportier is where Audi wants to take the A8. To aid in making the car a more nimble handler, it gets Audi’s light weight aluminum space frame. The car is both longer and wider than its competitors and yet has a lower overall height for a better center of gravity. Compared to the previous A8, Audi says it is 3-inches longer and 2-inches wider. Audi hasn’t released any specific info on the curb weight of the vehicle but says it will be 50 lbs less than an S-Class and 200-lbs less than a 7 Series. Those numbers jump to 200 and 400 lbs respectively, if you put the AWD Audi up against AWD versions from Mercedes and BMW.

Under the hood there’s an updated version of Audi’s 4.2-liter V8 engine with 372-hp and 328 ft-lbs of torque, for a 0-62 mph time of just 5.7 seconds. Thanks in part to a new eight-speed tiptronic gearbox, Audi claims an improvement in fuel-efficiency by 15 percent.

Technological highlights on the car include a new version of Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) called MMI Touch, that can recognize handwriting for entering navigation instructions. There’s also adaptive cruise control, night vision assist, Audi lane assist and Audi side assist, Audi braking guard to notify a driver of an impact and automatic emergency braking to actually stop the car if the driver doesn’t react. Finally there are some stunning full-LED headlights, that will actually point into a corner in accordance with the navigation system. And as for the A8′s new body, it is incredibly aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of just 0.26 cd – just one tick off the Prius’s.

The all-new 2011 Audi A8 will go on sale late in 2010, with an extended wheelbase model offered at the same time. Audi has also said that it is planning alternative fuel vehicles (TDI, hybrid?), as well as a more luxurious offering and a sports version (S8?).

GALLERY: 2011 Audi A8

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 |  Nov 19 2009, 1:05 PM

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On December 1st Audi will finally reveal its next generation of the company’s A8 flagship luxury sedan. The unveiling will occur at a specially built Pavilion on Miami Beach, coinciding with the Audi-sponsored Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach art and design fairs.

Along with the all new A8, Audi will debut its “The Art of Progress” exhibit, of works inspired by the A8.

The choice of debuting the car at an art festival is no coincidence, as the new A8 is expected to be a stunning vehicle, with an all-new look, more in keeping with the automaker’s new design direction, as seen with cars like the A5/S5.

“The new Audi A8 embodies everything Audi stands for: fascinating innovation, uncompromising perfection, consummate craftsmanship, iconic design and new ways of thinking,” says Audi Borad Chair Rupert Stadler. This is why we chose to present this car in this progressive environment while continuing our commitment to fostering design culture and the arts.”

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