Compare 2008 Audi A8 vs 2009 Lexus LS 460 vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2008 Audi A8
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2009 Lexus LS 460
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2008 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 16 23 $65,741 $70,690
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4-Door Sedan RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 16 24 $56,803 $63,825
4-Door Sedan AWD 16 23 $59,941 $67,350
4-Door Sedan RWD LWB 16 24 $65,623 $73,735
4-Door Sedan AWD LWB 16 23 $68,760 $77,260
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4-Door Sedan 5.5L V8 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 5.5L V8 14 21 $80,631 $86,700
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 5.5L V8 14 20 $83,421 $89,700
4-Door Sedan RWD 6.3L V8 AMG 11 17 $118,110 $127,000
4-Door Sedan RWD 5.5L V12 11 17 $134,106 $144,200
4-Door Sedan RWD 6.0L V12 AMG 11 17 $180,420 $194,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$65,741
$56,803
$80,631
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$70,690
$63,825
$86,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1178 / month
$1064 / month
$1445 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Perky, nimble handling and frisky, refined performance is what separates the 2008 Audi A8 from the rest of the super-sedans. For those who want top technology and comforts without attracting undue attention, the 2009 Lexus 460 is a good choice. Hark! The 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is loaded with top safety and comfort-oriented technologies and is one of the best luxury sedans in the world.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 16 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 24 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 56.9 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 44.0 41.9
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 37.6 42.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.3 38.0 37.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
114.9 103.0 109.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 58.5 59.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 38.0 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 58.1 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.3 63.5 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
115.9 116.9 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.6 73.8 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63.9 63.5 63.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.72 6.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
199.3 198.0 205.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.6 18.0 16.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x 0.87 12.4 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.2 x 1.34 13.1 x - TBD - 13.2 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 22.2 23.8
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Vehicle-Speed-Sensitive
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 11.6-16.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 35.4 40.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
P245/40R18 P235/50R18 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R18 P235/50VR18 P255/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/40R18 P235/50VR18 P255/45R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4321 4244 4465
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 7.5 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 7.5 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 7.5 - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.2 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
190 - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
FSI SFI/DI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 3500 367 @ 4100 391 @ 2800 - 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 4.6L/281 5.5L/333
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
350 @ 6800 380 @ 6400 382 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8 Gas V8
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 24 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 19 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.60 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.86 1.92
Trans Type
6 8 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.23 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 2.18 3.42 (R2 2.23)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.72 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.32 2.94 2.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.46 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.69 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.82 0.73
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4-Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 Lexus LS 460 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/5-Arm
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Adaptive Air Multi-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA w/4-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Adaptive Air Multi-Link Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5 -

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