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Compare Audi A8 D2 facelift [2.5 TDI] vs Audi A8 D3 [3.0 CVT] vs Audi S8 D4 [S8]

Reviews

Neo score
76%
77%
86%
Pros
  • Arguably the best styling from Audi ever
  • Audi Space Frame
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
  • Good towing capacity
  • Incredible W12 engine
  • No electronic gimmicks
  • Glorious 4.2 TDI and W12 engine options
  • Much improved ZF 6HP transmission
  • Good 0.27 drag coefficient
  • Good towing capacity
  • Much more modern inside
  • Rather good styling
  • Powerful V8TT engine
  • Great suspension setup
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
  • Good towing capacity
Cons
  • Very nose-heavy
  • Unreliable 5HP24A transmission
  • Very tight engine bay that requires putting the car in
  • Unreliable range of FSI engines
  • Adoption of CVT for FWD
  • Questionable long-term reliability

Price

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Variants

2.5 TDI
2.5 TDI AT
2.5 TDI quattro AT
2.8
2.8 AT
2.8 quattro
2.8 quattro AT
3.3 TDI AT
3.7 AT
3.7 quattro AT
4.2 quattro AT
6.0 W12 quattro AT
3.0 CVT
3.0 CVT LWB
3.0 TDI DPF quattro AT LWB
3.0 TDI PDF quattro AT
3.0 TDI quattro AT
3.2 FSI CVT
3.2 FSI CVT LWB
3.2 FSI quattro AT
3.7 V8 quattro AT
4.0 TDI quattro AT
4.0 TDI quattro AT LWB
4.2 BiTDI quattro AT LWB
4.2 BiTDI quattro DPF AT
4.2 FSI quattro AT
4.2 FSI quattro AT LWB
4.2 quattro AT
4.2 quattro AT LWB
6.0 W12 quattro AT
6.0 W12 quattro AT LWB
S8
S8 Plus

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
525 L / 18.5 cu-ft
500 L / 17.7 cu-ft
520 L / 18.4 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
10.0 L / 10.6 qt
12.6 L / 13.3 qt
14.8 L / 15.6 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
5.9 L / 6.2 qt
6.3 L / 6.7 qt
8.7 L / 9.2 qt
Fuel Capacity
90.0 L / 23.8 gal
90.0 L / 23.8 gal
82.0 L / 21.7 gal
Passengers
5
5
5
Payload
600 kg / 1323 lbs
600 kg / 1323 lbs
600 kg / 1323 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Power Steering
Electric Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Electric Steering
Suspension | Front
Multi-link
Multi-link
Multi-link
Suspension | Rear
Independent on trapezoidal lever
Independent on trapezoidal lever
Independent on trapezoidal lever
Tire Size
225/60 R16
235/60 R16
265/40 R20
Turning Circle
12.3 m / 40.3 ft
12.1 m / 39.7 ft
12.3 m / 40.3 ft

Construction

Body Style
4-door Sedan
4-door Sedan
4-door Sedan

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
150 mm / 5.9 in
120 mm / 4.7 in
Size | Height
1438 mm / 56.6 in
1444 mm / 56.9 in
1458 mm / 57.4 in
Size | Length
5034 mm / 198.2 in
5051 mm / 198.9 in
5147 mm / 202.6 in
Size | Width
1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)
1894 mm / 74.6 in
1949 mm / 76.7 in | 2111 mm / 83.1 in (mirror unfolded)
Track Width | Front
1599.0 mm / 63.0 in
1629.0 mm / 64.1 in
1632.0 mm / 64.3 in
Track Width | Rear
1591.0 mm / 62.6 in
1615.0 mm / 63.6 in
1623.0 mm / 63.9 in
Weight
1630.0 kg / 3593.5 lbs
1670.0 kg / 3681.7 lbs
1990.0 kg / 4387.2 lbs
Wheel Size
7J x 16
7.5J x 16
9.0J x 20
Wheelbase
2882 mm / 113.5 in
2944 mm / 115.9 in
2994 mm / 117.9 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
8.8 sec
7.9 sec
4.1 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
8.4 sec
7.5 sec
3.9 sec
CO2 Emission
193 g/km
230 g/km
225 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag
0.29
0.27
0.28
Fuel Economy
7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (combined) | 10.3 L/100km / 22.8 MPG (urban) | 5.4 L/100km / 43.6 MPG (highway)
9.6 L/100km / 24.5 MPG (combined) | 13.7 L/100km / 17.2 MPG (urban) | 7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (highway)
9.6 L/100km / 24.5 MPG (combined) | 13.6 L/100km / 17.3 MPG (urban) | 7.3 L/100km / 32.2 MPG (highway)
Top Speed
227.0 km/h / 141.1 mph
242.0 km/h / 150.4 mph
250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph
Towing Capacity
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1900 kg / 4189 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 1700 kg / 3748 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 2100 kg / 4630 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 1900 kg / 4189 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 2300 kg / 5071 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 2300 kg / 5071 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel drive
Front-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel drive
Front-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel drive
Emission Standard
Euro 3
Euro 4
Euro 6
Engine
AKE
ASN
CTFA
Engine | Bore
78.3 mm / 3.1 in
82.5 mm / 3.2 in
84.5 mm / 3.3 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
18.5:1
10.5:1
9.3:1
Engine | Displacement
2.5 L / 152.3 cu-in / 2496.0 cc
3.0 L / 181.6 cu-in / 2976.0 cc
4.0 L / 243.7 cu-in / 3993.0 cc
Engine | Power
180.0 hp / 134.2 kW @ 4000 rpm
220.0 hp / 164.1 kW @ 6300 rpm
520.0 hp / 387.8 kW @ 5800 rpm
Engine | Specific Output
72.1 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
73.9 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
130.2 hp/L / 2.1 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
86.4 mm / 3.4 in
92.8 mm / 3.7 in
89.0 mm / 3.5 in
Engine | Torque
370 Nm / 272.9 lb-ft @ 1500-2500 rpm
300 Nm / 221.3 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm
650 Nm / 479.4 lb-ft @ 1700-5500 rpm
Engine | Type
Turbocharged diesel V6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Naturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V6 DOHC engine with 5 values per cylinder
Turbocharged direct-injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
6-speed
6-speed
8-speed
Transmission | Type
Manual
Multitronic
Automatic ZF 8HP

Production

Availability
1999 ~ 2002
2003 ~ 2005
2012 ~ 2015
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