The large and the small of it: The Audi status

2010-10-01 11:52

Every tough guy needs an eye-catching car and English actor Jason Statham is no exception.

He plays the role of Frank Martin in the action-packed Transporter movies and his fitting co-star has been the Audi A8 in all three movies.

The A8 is a big car and ranked as Audi’s flagship sedan model. It competes against the heavy premium segment contenders such as BMW’s 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class.

In February, the enhanced A8 was launched in southwestern Spain with Torsten Wentzel – the project designer at Audi – who said that the key elements to the design were “spaciousness, lightness and elegance”.

The car has a 3D-like appearance thanks to its sleek curves.

It still has the synonymous ­­­single-frame Audi grille, but the light cluster has been redesigned to complement the car’s dimensions.

The A8 was launched with the 4.2 FSI engine and an ­eight-speed tiptronic transmission.

The 273kW of power and 445Nm of torque driving the permanent quattro four-wheel drive system translates into smooth performance.

Smaller engines in the form of the 3.0 TDI and the 4.2 TDI are expected to be introduced next year.

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