‘More’ is a term which the rich and powerful can attain with ease. It is also a term which the 2012 Audi A8L W12 has in abundance. With 500HP and 625Nm of torque and 12 cylinders, this is the mightiest of the A8’s apart from the S8. It’s the perfect autobahn cruiser that would crush the miles and not ruffle the feathers of its occupants. It’s a vault as well, solid as an oak. Perhaps the calmest place to be when strutting around in the urban jungle of ours.
2012 Audi A8L W12 Review
The new Audi W12 is now bored out an extra 300cc to a total of 6,299cc from the previous model it replaces and also inherits sport direct injection from Audi’s arsenal. As a result the W12 puts out 500HP and 625Nm of torque, a significant improvement over its predecessors over the 2010 model.
Tough on paper these figures compare slightly lower than those posted by its competitors, namely the BMW 760Li and the Mercedes Benz S600, it does have a trick under its sleeve which enables it to out sprint and out handle them thanks to it all aluminum diet and Audi’s venerable Quattro AWD system.
Our tester came in Glacier White, 21” rims. The interior trimmed with Valcona leather in Balao brown and inlays in fine grain ash in natural balsamic brown. It all sounds fancy, rightfully so, but these are the living quarters one would expect from people accustomed to the finer things in life. They love their wood bare and with its natural crevasse. We spent quite some time brushing our fingers against and feeling the wood’s grains tickle our finger tips. Such attention to details is a treat and tingles our optical nerves into a visual feast.
The Audi A8L W12 is a passenger’s car foremost. The 130mm of extra leg room from the S8 is there so that CEO’s can stretch their legs after hours spent in meeting rooms at their corporate headquarters and contemplating corporate takeovers and/or bullish stock market strategies. With a starting price of AED 533,500 and our tester topping at AED 579,100 the Audi W12 is beyond most of our purses.
There are a few things which I would like to mention here. We have discussed HP’s and torques before and have mentioned numbers but that really doesn’t mean much here. The W12 produces 625Nm of torque, its 25Nm less than the S8 but for some reason it feels just way more. We have to wonder what kind of horses actually powers the W12, its 500HP is 25Hp shy of the S8 but then again we may not be talking about the same horse breed. There seems to be infinite of them in the W12.
The sprint to 100kmph which takes 4.7 seconds is a wonder. We are talking of figures that are better than many sports cars out in the streets of Dubai. Yes a sprint in the sub 5 seconds would alert any driver; this is not the case in the W12. It just does it effortlessly. One needs to keep an eye out on the gauge at all times as the numbers displayed there does not seem to correlate with the drive. We could have sworn that we were going at 60kmph when the speedo was showing 120kmph. It is that serene.
Our tenure with the Audi W12 was spent cruising along the different parts of Dubai. It’s a car to be comfortable in, to soak in the aluminum trims which adorns the Bang & Olufsen speaker panels and the suede roof and door liners. The ride is soft as it’s supposed to be but it did show some signs of uneasiness over some road irregularities thanks mainly to the 21” tires which does not prefer to soak up the bumps. But the air suspension did its job and made the whole ride feel as though we were gliding on cotton candy.
Having spent a weekend being pampered by the Audi we felt what more can someone expect from a vehicle. Let us not talk about speed and handling for a change. The Rolls Royce and the Bentley’s are there which should provide the same feel but in their own distinguished way. The Audi W12 is a gentleman’s car and if the “Transporter” were to retire and become a chauffeur he would might as well upgrade his Audi to the W12 and start catering to the power elites of society.
|2012 AUDI A8L W12|
|Rated Output||500 hp|
|Rated Torque||625 Nm @ 4750 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||Tiptronic (8 speed)|
|Fuel Consumption, combined, L/100km||12.4|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.7 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h*|
|Price (AED)||533,500 – 579,100 (As tested)|
** The prices include a 5 years/105,000 kms service package and a 3 years warranty
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