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Audi A8 D2 (4D) facelift Sedan (1999-2002)

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Audi A8 D2 (Typ 4D) facelift is a full-size luxury sedan in production from 1999 to 2002. It was available with a range of V6, V8, and W12 engines that displaced 2.5 to 6.0 liters.
Compared to the pre-facelift model, Audi added a couple of chrome stripes on above the front and rear bumpers to tie the entire design together much better. Indeed, this is arguably the best-looking sedan to have ever come out of Audi's production lines. Audi also introduced a LWB variant with 5 inches of additional wheelbase for the rear seat passengers.
All engines received marginal increase in power output, though the most notable addition was the naturally-aspirated 6-liter W12 engine. This unit is essentially two VW VR6 engines joined at the crank. It allowed Audi to fit a 12-cyclinder engine into the already cramped engine bay (thanks to Audi's insistence on symmetric AWD + transaxle) designed barely enough for a V8. Variations of this engine still powers the entire Bentley lineup to this day.
A bit of good news is that by 2001 ZF introduced a new part for the known weak point of its 5HP24A automatic transmission, the Clutch A drum. Still, these transmissions served in severe duty in Audi's transaxle setup with only a small oil cooler. Together with the inherent weak design, these automatic transmissions do not last without rebuilds, which unfortunately also necessitates rebuilding the front- and center- differentials at the same time.
Audi has made a good effort in aerodynamics, with a decent 0.28 coefficient of drag to show for it. The use of "Audi Space Frame" made this vehicle rust-proof, which was in stark contrast to some of the rust buckets that Merc was pushing out at the time.
Drivers who appreciate handling will be pleased to know that the D2 A8 comes with multi-link suspensions at all four corners. This provides the best cornering performance and tunability, at the expense of cost and a little bit of durability.

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What we found**

Neo score 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
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
Cons
  • Very nose-heavy
  • Unreliable 5HP24A transmission
  • Very tight engine bay that requires putting the car in

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Specifications

2.5 TDI2.5 TDI AT2.5 TDI quattro AT2.82.8 AT2.8 quattro2.8 quattro AT3.3 TDI AT3.7 AT3.7 quattro AT4.2 quattro AT6.0 W12 quattro AT

Capacity

Cargo Capacity525 L / 18.5 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity10.0 L / 10.6 qt10.0 L / 10.6 qt10.0 L / 10.6 qt9.0 L / 9.5 qt9.0 L / 9.5 qt9.0 L / 9.5 qt9.0 L / 9.5 qt8.0 L / 8.5 qt9.0 L / 9.5 qt9.0 L / 9.5 qt9.0 L / 9.5 qt12.0 L / 12.7 qt
Engine Oil Capacity5.9 L / 6.2 qt5.9 L / 6.2 qt5.9 L / 6.2 qt5.0 L / 5.3 qt5.0 L / 5.3 qt5.5 L / 5.8 qt5.5 L / 5.8 qt5.3 L / 5.6 qt7.5 L / 7.9 qt7.5 L / 7.9 qt7.2 L / 7.6 qt10.5 L / 11.1 qt
Fuel Capacity90.0 L / 23.8 gal90.0 L / 23.8 gal90.0 L / 23.8 gal80.0 L / 21.1 gal80.0 L / 21.1 gal80.0 L / 21.1 gal80.0 L / 21.1 gal90.0 L / 23.8 gal90.0 L / 23.8 gal90.0 L / 23.8 gal90.0 L / 23.8 gal90.0 L / 23.8 gal
Passengers5
Payload600 kg / 1323 lbs600 kg / 1323 lbs600 kg / 1323 lbs600 kg / 1323 lbs600 kg / 1323 lbs600 kg / 1323 lbs600 kg / 1323 lbs600 kg / 1323 lbs600 kg / 1323 lbs600 kg / 1323 lbs600 kg / 1323 lbs550 kg / 1213 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | FrontVentilated discs
Brakes | RearVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discs
Power SteeringElectric SteeringHydraulic SteeringHydraulic SteeringHydraulic SteeringHydraulic SteeringHydraulic SteeringHydraulic SteeringHydraulic SteeringHydraulic SteeringHydraulic SteeringHydraulic SteeringHydraulic Steering
Suspension | FrontMulti-link
Suspension | RearIndependent on trapezoidal lever
Tire Size225/60 R16225/60 R16225/60 R16225/60 R16225/60 R16225/60 R16225/60 R16225/60 R16225/60 R16225/60 R16225/60 R16245/45 R18
Turning Circle12.3 m / 40.3 ft12.3 m / 40.3 ft12.3 m / 40.3 ft12.3 m / 40.3 ft12.3 m / 40.3 ft12.3 m / 40.3 ft12.3 m / 40.3 ft12.3 m / 40.3 ft12.3 m / 40.3 ft12.3 m / 40.3 ft12.7 m / 41.7 ft12.7 m / 41.7 ft

Construction

Body Style4-door Sedan

Dimensions

Ground Clearance150 mm / 5.9 in150 mm / 5.9 in150 mm / 5.9 in150 mm / 5.9 in150 mm / 5.9 in150 mm / 5.9 in150 mm / 5.9 in150 mm / 5.9 in150 mm / 5.9 in150 mm / 5.9 in
Size | Height1438 mm / 56.6 in1438 mm / 56.6 in1448 mm / 57.0 in1440 mm / 56.7 in1440 mm / 56.7 in1440 mm / 56.7 in1440 mm / 56.7 in1440 mm / 56.7 in1440 mm / 56.7 in1440 mm / 56.7 in1438 mm / 56.6 in1438 mm / 56.6 in
Size | Length5034 mm / 198.2 in5034 mm / 198.2 in5034 mm / 198.2 in5034 mm / 198.2 in5034 mm / 198.2 in5034 mm / 198.2 in5034 mm / 198.2 in5034 mm / 198.2 in5034 mm / 198.2 in5034 mm / 198.2 in5164 mm / 203.3 in5164 mm / 203.3 in
Size | Width1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)1880 mm / 74.0 in | 1973 mm / 77.7 in (mirror unfolded)1880 mm / 74.0 in1880 mm / 74.0 in
Track Width | Front1599.0 mm / 63.0 in1599.0 mm / 63.0 in1599.0 mm / 63.0 in1597.0 mm / 62.9 in1597.0 mm / 62.9 in1597.0 mm / 62.9 in1597.0 mm / 62.9 in1591.0 mm / 62.6 in1591.0 mm / 62.6 in1591.0 mm / 62.6 in1595.0 mm / 62.8 in1595.0 mm / 62.8 in
Track Width | Rear1591.0 mm / 62.6 in1591.0 mm / 62.6 in1591.0 mm / 62.6 in1586.0 mm / 62.4 in1586.0 mm / 62.4 in1586.0 mm / 62.4 in1586.0 mm / 62.4 in1580.0 mm / 62.2 in1580.0 mm / 62.2 in1580.0 mm / 62.2 in1586.0 mm / 62.4 in1586.0 mm / 62.4 in
Weight1630.0 kg / 3593.5 lbs1660.0 kg / 3659.7 lbs1735.0 kg / 3825.0 lbs1510.0 kg / 3329.0 lbs1560.0 kg / 3439.2 lbs1580.0 kg / 3483.3 lbs1635.0 kg / 3604.6 lbs1860.0 kg / 4100.6 lbs1645.0 kg / 3626.6 lbs1725.0 kg / 3803.0 lbs1790.0 kg / 3946.3 lbs1980.0 kg / 4365.2 lbs
Wheel Size7J x 167J x 167J x 167J x 167J x 167J x 167J x 167.5J x 167J x 167J x 167.5 J x 1618 in
Wheelbase2882 mm / 113.5 in2882 mm / 113.5 in2882 mm / 113.5 in2882 mm / 113.5 in2882 mm / 113.5 in2882 mm / 113.5 in2882 mm / 113.5 in2882 mm / 113.5 in2882 mm / 113.5 in2882 mm / 113.5 in3010 mm / 118.5 in3010 mm / 118.5 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h8.8 sec9.3 sec9.9 sec8.4 sec9.9 sec8.5 sec10.1 sec8.2 sec8.1 sec8.6 sec7.0 sec5.6 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph8.4 sec8.8 sec9.4 sec8.0 sec9.4 sec8.1 sec9.6 sec7.8 sec7.7 sec8.2 sec6.7 sec5.3 sec
CO2 Emission193 g/km219 g/km240 g/km235 g/km257 g/km266 g/km281 g/km261 g/km276 g/km295 g/km312 g/km312 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag0.290.290.290.30.300.300.300.290.300.300.300.30
Fuel Economy7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (combined) | 10.3 L/100km / 22.8 MPG (urban) | 5.4 L/100km / 43.6 MPG (highway)8.1 L/100km / 29.0 MPG (combined) | 11.7 L/100km / 20.1 MPG (urban) | 6.0 L/100km / 39.2 MPG (highway)8.9 L/100km / 26.4 MPG (combined) | 13.0 L/100km / 18.1 MPG (urban) | 6.5 L/100km / 36.2 MPG (highway)9.9 L/100km / 23.8 MPG (combined) | 14.0 L/100km / 16.8 MPG (urban) | 7.6 L/100km / 31.0 MPG (highway)10.7 L/100km / 22.0 MPG (combined) | 16.6 L/100km / 14.2 MPG (urban) | 7.5 L/100km / 31.4 MPG (highway)11.2 L/100km / 21.0 MPG (combined) | 15.9 L/100km / 14.8 MPG (urban) | 8.4 L/100km / 28.0 MPG (highway)11.8 L/100km / 19.9 MPG (combined) | 17.6 L/100km / 13.4 MPG (urban) | 8.4 L/100km / 28.0 MPG (highway)9.7 L/100km / 24.2 MPG (combined) | 13.8 L/100km / 17.0 MPG (urban) | 7.3 L/100km / 32.2 MPG (highway)11.5 L/100km / 20.5 MPG (combined) | 16.9 L/100km / 13.9 MPG (urban) | 8.4 L/100km / 28.0 MPG (highway)12.3 L/100km / 19.1 MPG (combined) | 18.3 L/100km / 12.9 MPG (urban) | 8.9 L/100km / 26.4 MPG (highway)13.0 L/100km / 18.1 MPG (combined) | 19.6 L/100km / 12.0 MPG (urban) | 9.2 L/100km / 25.6 MPG (highway)14.6 L/100km / 16.1 MPG (combined) | 22.9 L/100km / 10.3 MPG (urban) | 9.8 L/100km / 24.0 MPG (highway)
Top Speed227.0 km/h / 141.1 mph225.0 km/h / 139.8 mph224.0 km/h / 139.2 mph236.0 km/h / 146.6 mph233.0 km/h / 144.8 mph235.0 km/h / 146.0 mph232.0 km/h / 144.2 mph242.0 km/h / 150.4 mph250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph
Towing Capacity750 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) | 2100 kg / 4630 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 2200 kg / 4850 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 2200 kg / 4850 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1900 kg / 4189 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 1600 kg / 3527 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 1900 kg / 4189 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 1600 kg / 3527 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) | 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)750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 2200 kg / 4850 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 2200 kg / 4850 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)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) | 1900 kg / 4189 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 1700 kg / 3748 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)

Powertrain

Drivetrain LayoutFront-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel driveFront-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel drive
Emission StandardEuro 3Euro 3Euro 3Euro 3Euro 3Euro 3Euro 3Euro 4
EngineAKEAKEAKEACK, ALGACK, ALGACK, ALGACK, ALGAKFAKC, AQGAKC, AQGAQF, AUWAZC
Engine | Bore78.3 mm / 3.1 in78.3 mm / 3.1 in78.3 mm / 3.1 in82.5 mm / 3.2 in82.5 mm / 3.2 in82.5 mm / 3.2 in82.5 mm / 3.2 in78.3 mm / 3.1 in84.5 mm / 3.3 in84.5 mm / 3.3 in84.5 mm / 3.3 in84.0 mm / 3.3 in
Engine | Compression Ratio18.5:118.5:118.5:110.6:110.6:110.6:110.6:118.5:111.0:111.0:111.0:110.8:1
Engine | Displacement2.5 L / 152.3 cu-in / 2496.0 cc2.5 L / 152.3 cu-in / 2496.0 cc2.5 L / 152.3 cu-in / 2496.0 cc2.8 L / 169.1 cu-in / 2771.0 cc2.8 L / 169.1 cu-in / 2771.0 cc2.8 L / 169.1 cu-in / 2771.0 cc2.8 L / 169.1 cu-in / 2771.0 cc3.3 L / 203.1 cu-in / 3328.0 cc3.7 L / 225.6 cu-in / 3697.0 cc3.7 L / 225.6 cu-in / 3697.0 cc4.2 L / 254.6 cu-in / 4172.0 cc6.0 L / 366.0 cu-in / 5998.0 cc
Engine | Power180.0 hp / 134.2 kW @ 4000 rpm180.0 hp / 134.2 kW @ 4000 rpm180.0 hp / 134.2 kW @ 4000 rpm193.0 hp / 143.9 kW @ 6000 rpm193.0 hp / 143.9 kW @ 6000 rpm193.0 hp / 143.9 kW @ 6000 rpm193.0 hp / 143.9 kW @ 6000 rpm224.0 hp / 167.0 kW @ 4000 rpm260.0 hp / 193.9 kW @ 6000 rpm260.0 hp / 193.9 kW @ 6000 rpm310.0 hp / 231.2 kW @ 6200 rpm420.0 hp / 313.2 kW @ 6000 rpm
Engine | Specific Output72.1 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in72.1 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in72.1 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in69.6 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in69.6 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in69.6 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in69.6 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in67.3 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in70.3 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in70.3 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in74.3 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in70.0 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke86.4 mm / 3.4 in86.4 mm / 3.4 in86.4 mm / 3.4 in86.4 mm / 3.4 in86.4 mm / 3.4 in86.4 mm / 3.4 in86.4 mm / 3.4 in86.4 mm / 3.4 in82.4 mm / 3.2 in82.4 mm / 3.2 in93.0 mm / 3.7 in90.2 mm / 3.6 in
Engine | Torque370 Nm / 272.9 lb-ft @ 1500-2500 rpm370 Nm / 272.9 lb-ft @ 1500-2500 rpm370 Nm / 272.9 lb-ft @ 1500-2500 rpm280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm480 Nm / 354.0 lb-ft @ 1800-3000 rpm350 Nm / 258.1 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm350 Nm / 258.1 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm410 Nm / 302.4 lb-ft @ 3000-4000 rpm550 Nm / 405.7 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
Engine | TypeTurbocharged diesel V6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderTurbocharged diesel V6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderTurbocharged diesel V6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V6 DOHC engine with 5 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V6 DOHC engine with 5 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V6 DOHC engine with 5 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V6 DOHC engine with 5 values per cylinderTurbocharged commonrail diesel V8 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 5 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 5 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 5 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol W12 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears6-speed5-speed5-speed5-speed5-speed5-speed5-speed5-speed5-speed5-speed5-speed5-speed
Transmission | TypeManualAutomatic TiptronicAutomatic TiptronicManualAutomatic TiptronicManualAutomatic TiptronicAutomatic TiptronicAutomatic TiptronicAutomatic TiptronicAutomatic TiptronicAutomatic Tiptronic

Production

Availability1999 ~ 20021999 ~ 20021999 ~ 20021998 ~ 20021998 ~ 20021998 ~ 20021998 ~ 20021999 ~ 20021998 ~ 20021998 ~ 20021998 ~ 20022001 ~ 2002

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