the A8 has or will very soon have a 12 cylinder engine in the US
it should be clear that the poster of the "W-16" comment made an
[kinda big and piggish, but nevertheless, it will have a 12 cylinder,
I believe a "W" configuration, which is two VR6s together...]
You're potentially talking hundreds of millions of dollars in development
It's "footprint". The VR/W configurations make the engines narrower and allows
VW/Audi to squeeze them into places were an engine that size normally would not
fit. The 2.8 Litre VR6 fitted to the Golf/GTi/Jetta is an example of this, as
is the W8 in the Passat.
allows VW/Audi to squeeze them into places were an engine that size normally
would not fit. The 2.8 Litre VR6 fitted to the Golf/GTi/Jetta is an example
of this, as is the W8 in the Passat.
just take the V-12 from Lambo, and tune it for a luxo sedan.
I understand the width & length angle, but what are any benefits, between
some savings in development time, and small size. they seem to be a little
low on power compared to a "traditional" layout, and they seem to have a
little more harshness vibration.
What is it like owning both a V-12 Lambo and a W-12 A8? I mean, you
have driven both cars - you must have, or else your opinion on vibration
and harshness would have no basis in reality. And you never have pulled
a statement from your ass before, right?
then make the A8 wider, it's a big car why keep it skinny. the A8 sells
less than 10K a year that's only 850 a month I think AudiAG can produce
that. never said it wasn't a great car, past being a VW but it's not as
smooth as a VS.-12.
Making the A8 wide enough to accomodate the Lamborghini V12 would've been
excessive. Beyond that, I'm not sure what you don't understand about the
production limitations of the Lambo V12. It would've required millions of
dollars to re-tool for that. Don't forget, Audi had already incurred the cost
of adapting manufacturing lines for the W12. They introduced the engine in 2001
in the previous A8.
It's not a VW. The A8 and Pheaton share only minimal suspension components.
Let me break this down for you ONE LAST TIME. Whatever production line
adjustements where neccesary for production of the W12 had already been made,
when Audi introduced the engine in 2001. They weren't interested in re-tooling
a mere 2 years later simply so a different engine could be used. The facilities
that handle production of the Lambirghini engine are small, and incapable of
producing enough units per year for both the A8 *and* the Murcielago. DON'T YOU
Audi found out over many years that larger displacement motors are often more
impressive to buyers than smaller, turbocharged mills which appeal mainly to
tuner and enthusiast crowds. This is one of many reasons they choose a version
of the 4.2 litre V8 for the S4 and not a bi-turbo version of the 3.0 litre.
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