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Stretching bounds of comfort.

STRETCH your legs out in style could be the catchphrase for Audi's new luxury flagship saloon.

The German company is claiming to push the bounds of comfort even further with the arrival of a new long wheelbase version of the A8.

The new car, which is due to open for orders in late July, adds 130mm of wheelbase and body length - concentrated at the rear to provide exceptional passenger space.

The Audi A8 L will be further refined by an extensively reworked version of the 12-cylinder W12 petrol engine offering improved power and efficiency.

Lightweight aluminium for everything bar the steel B pillars ensures the car weighs around 40% less than an all-steel equivalent.

Power will come courtesy of four engines - a 3.0-litre TDI (250PS) diesel, 4.2-litre TDI (350PS), a 4.2-litre FSI (372PS) petrol and, exclusively for the long wheelbase model, the W12, which has been bored out from 6.0-litres to 6.3-litres. Maximum power has increased to 500PS.

The A8 L W12 can cruise to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds, and on to a governed top speed of 155mph.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 10, 2010
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