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2008 Vehicle Model Guide


AudiIn addition to their curvaceous sports coupes and convertibles, Audi from Germany promotes precisely mannered sedans and wagons sized in small, medium and large. Audi uses alphanumeric tags for cars of subcompact, compact, mid-size and full-size classes such as A3, A4, A5, A6 and A8, plus sport series tags S4, S5, S6 and S8. But in 2008, Audi rolls out multiple sporty performance models like the limited-production RS 4 Cabriolet, the zippy S5 Coupe and the new TT — a daring convertible roadster. Audi also unleashes the all-aluminum, R8 mid-engine sports car, which carries the name of a legendary Audi race car that took the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance title five times.

2008 Audi-A3A3 Series
Audi's subcompact A3 Sportback five-door hatch continues as the A3 2.0T FrontTrak with front-wheel-drive (FWD) and the A3 3.2 S-line Quattro with all-wheel-drive (AWD). The 2.0T employs a 2.0-liter, four-in-line engine with turbo-charger and inter-cooler plus Audi's FSI (Fuel Straight Injection), creating 200 horsepower with a manual six-speed stick or Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic. The A3 3.2 Quattro S-line packs a 3.2-liter V6 worth 250 horsepower with the DSG. Every issue also gets substantial safety equipment including an electronic stabilization program (ESP). The new A3 Titanium Package adds 18-inch, titanium-color alloy wheels and cabin trim in Piano Black.

2008 Audi-A4A4 Series
Audi's compact cars come as four-door sedans and five-door wagons (Avant), drop-tops (Cabriolet) with FrontTrak (FWD) or the Quattro (AWD) traction. Sportier models wear the badge of S4. All variations for 2008 show bodywork off the S4, which includes revamped fascia, lower door trim and a tail spoiler. The A4 2.0T FrontTrak has the 2.0-liter turbo FSI plant with a manual six-speed or Multitronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). The A4 in luxury mode with V6 power is the A4 3.2 Quattro worth 255 horsepower. The S4 sedans, wagons and convertibles employ a big V8 with 340 horsepower.

2008 Audi-RS 4RS 4
Audi's refined European muscle cars — both the sports sedan and a new Cabriolet convertible — tote a 4.2-liter, direct-injection V8 FSI pumping 420 horsepower with a six-speed manual transmission and Quattro AWD system using a rear-based dynamic asymmetrical torque split. The RS 4 has a sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), and wheel track width increases over the S4 sedan by 1.5 inches to boost tire grip. Brake rotors are massive and the stock wheels are 19-inch alloys capped by high-performance Pirelli P Zero tires. The new RS 4 Cabriolet brings a fully automatic Acoustic convertible lid.

2008 Audi-A5A5 Series
More sporty new Audis land in 2008 with the A5 Coupe and a sport-tuned performance variation S5 Coupe. Both are slick-lined, two-door vehicles with cushy four-seat cabins, but different powertrains. The A5 has Audi's 3.2-liter V6 FSI plant producing 265 horsepower. Upgrade the S5 to the 4.2-liter FSI V8, which delivers 354 horsepower. Both the A5 and the S5 show Audi's asymmetrical dynamic Quattro AWD traction and a standard six-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed Tiptronic automatic. The option chart also lists a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio package with 14 speakers.

2008 Audi-A6A6 Series
Middle-size Audi cars conform to sedan and wagon (Avant) formats with sensuous sheetmetal shapes. The series begins with the A6 3.2 FrontTrak sedan and the A6 Avant 3.2 Quattro, each with Audi's 3.2-liter V6 for 255 horsepower through a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission or CVT. More muscle goes to the A6 4.2 with a 4.2-liter FSI V8 worth 350 horsepower. The sporty S-line trim package works with both sedan and wagon. All 2008 A6 cars draw bodywork from the S-line with 18-inch alloy wheels and a tail spoiler, while new standard equipment includes headlamp washers and Sirius satellite radio service.

2008 Audi-S6S6
The S6 is a high-performance, A6-like mid-size sedan. Its running gear is staggering — enough to create a supercar. Core ingredients are a 5.2-liter FSI V10 that boils to 435 horsepower with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission coupled to Audi's Quattro AWD system. The S6 rolls on 19-inch wheels and flashes a single-frame grille with vertical struts up front and a spoiler on the tail. Luxurious appointments in the five-seat cabin include Silk Nappa leather upholstery and Birch Gray wood trim or optional carbon fiber. A newer option includes the Audi lane assist warning device.

2008 Audi-A8A8 Series
Cast on a unitized aluminum structure and fitted with sophisticated mechanical systems and extravagant luxuries, Audi's A8 Series comes in two lengths. The A8L rides on a stretched-wheelbase platform, creating extra legroom for backseat riders. The A8 and A8L employ the 4.2-liter FSI V8 with a ZF six-speed electronic automatic transmission and Tiptronic manual shift mode. The A8L W12 stocks a W-shaped, 12-cylinder engine displacing 6.0 liters through the six-speed Tiptronic. All A8 models also use Audi's Quattro AWD and ESP skid controls.

2008 Audi-S8S8
Audi's full-size A8 sedan spins off a high-performance variation known as the S8. Lurking beneath the hood is Audi's quad-cam 5.2-liter FSI V10, which produces 450 horsepower and massive torque directed through a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission shuttled to Audi's Quattro AWD system with asymmetric/dynamic torque split biased toward the rear wheels. The super sedan rolls on 20-inch wheels and contains a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension plus heavy-duty brakes. Lavish cabin appointments range from Valcona leather upholstery to a DVD-based navigation system, Bose surround-sound audio equipment and seat heating for every passenger.

2008 Audi-TTTT Series
Audi's compact two-door machines appear as a slinky sports coupe or daring convertible roadster with curvy skin stretched tautly over exaggerated wheels. The FWD TT 2.0T totes Audi's 2.0-liter turbo FSI plant with a six-speed S-Tronic sequential automatic transmission. The Quattro TT stokes the 3.2-liter V6 working 250 horsepower with either a six-speed manual or six-speed S-Tronic automatic gearbox. TT cars for 2008 are crafted with the Audi Space Frame (ASF), which combines aluminum and steel to pare weight and enhance the weight distribution. A special S-line Package for the TT adds 19-inch alloy wheels and special cabin stitching.

2008 Audi-R8R8
Audi's hand-built aluminum sports car — a stunning work of automotive art with perfectly balanced mid-engine architecture — lands in 2008 with Quattro AWD traction and a high-revving 420-horsepower FSI V8 tied to a six-speed manual stick with metal shift gate or the malleable R-Tronic sequential automatic gearbox. Expect performance numbers like zero-60 in 4.2 seconds with a max speed of 187 mph. The R8 technical highlights include eight-piston, 15-inch front brake rotors, Audi's magnetic ride suspension system and 19-inch alloy wheels capped by high-performance tires. Further options inclulde a Bang & Olufsen premium sound kit and convenience package.

2008 Audi-Q7Q7
Audi's large-scale CUV (crossover utility vehicle) in five-door wagon format has a car-like unibody structure, muscular engine options and a wagonload of high-tech vehicle controls and safety equipment. The Q7's cabin contains up to three tiers of seats with rear rows that fold into the floor. A big 4.2-liter FSI V8 delivers 350 horsepower with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro full-time AWD traction system. The 3.6-liter FSI V6 achieves 280 horsepower. Trims for the 2008 line up as Q7 3.6, Q7 3.6 Premium and Q7 4.2 Premium, with Q7 3.6 gaining leather upholstery and power seats.

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