A Week In The Gadget-Filled And Nerd-Approved 2011 Audi A8 Super Sedan

The 2011 Audi A8’s feature list reads like it’s out of a fantasy car: NVIDIA-powered multimedia interface on a retractable 8-inch LCD, Google Maps, night vision, touchpad input, front and rear radar. Then there’s the selectable drive modes, solar sunroof, dual rear-seat 10-inch screens, Bang & Olufsen sound system, rear power sun shades, LED headlights, taillights and interior lights, and massaging seats with 22 points of adjustment. All this in a massive sedan powered by a 4.2L V8 mated to an 8-speed transmission that’s supposed to get great gas mileage.

Sadly the one just dropped off isn’t fully loaded with all the available gizmos. Our 2011 tester came sans night vision and the rear executive package, but that’s fine. It’s still one of the most technically advanced saloons on Earth. Yeah, I’m in love with its body and soul.

It only took a few quick minutes in the A8 to discover that while the in-vehicle systems aren’t nearly as flashy or robust as Ford’s MyFord Touch, they’re superior on many levels. It’s almost an exercise in form over function. The MyFord Touch is a fully-decked infotainment suite complete with Bluetooth PAN network sharing, apps and enough screens to scroll through to cause an accident.

The Audi A8 doesn’t have any of that nonsense, instead there’s a smooth-as-fake-butter system that’s intuitive and and well-rounded. In many ways the two are like the launch version of iOS and Android. iPhone OS as it was called back then didn’t launch with the huge feature set as Android, but the functions it did have, worked well, which Android could not tout until just recently. That’s what we have here. But more on that later this week with a complete video overview. Really, you must see this in action. There’s nothing else like it. Well, okay, it’s an evolution of other VW systems, but it’s a significant jump forwards.

We have this brand new 2011 Audi A8 for a week so do your thing, drop us some questions or feature requests. Life is good.

2011 Audi A8

  • 4.2 aluminum FSI V8
  • quattro all-wheel drive
  • MMI Navigation with MMI touch
  • Bose sound system
  • Selectable drive modes
  • Price as tested: $89,625