Audi of­fers au­dio that is sur­round-sound qual­ity


Austin American-Statesman - - D STATESMAN CARS - Con­tin­ued from D Fol­lowjimmy Dins­more on Twit­ter: @wheelsed­i­tor

Fi-en­abled for up to eight pas­sen­gers (that num­ber again). A Bang-Olufsen sys­tem of­fers sur­round­sound qual­ity au­dio.

The A8 has three models — the base, the L and the W12. Eight dif­fer­ent color op­tions are avail­able (and there’s that num­ber again).

Start­ing price for the base is $78,750, while my tester, the L, had an MSRP of $84,700. A few ex­tra pack­ages and op­tions took it to $89,175. One such op­tion, not avail­able on my tester un­for­tu­nately, is the ex­ec­u­tive rear seat­ing package, which of­fers re­clin­ing seats with power footrests and a re­frig­er­a­tor in the rear cen­ter pass-through com­part­ment.

Due to its lighter weight and de­sign up­grades, the Audi A8 has a com­bined fuel econ­omy of 21 mpg. In a week’s worth of brisk driv­ing, I av­er­aged 22 mpg, mostly on the high­way.

If you are lucky enough to be able to drive or own the Audi A8, you will en­joy a mag­i­cal driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. rea­son to re-flash a com­puter (which ba­si­cally means up­dat­ing or re­in­stalling its soft­ware) is that an up­date has been is­sued by the man­u­fac­turer.

Tom: If the up­date is to ad­dress a se­ri­ous driv­abil­ity or safety is­sue, you or your dealer will be no­ti­fied by the man­u­fac­turer that there’s a soft­ware up­date and that it’s rec­om­mended for all ve­hi­cles. Deal­ers of­ten will do that for free, es­pe­cially if you’re in for some­thing else.

Ray: The other rea­son we’ll re-flash a com­puter is if we al­ready have our ma­chine hooked up to the car for some other rea­son. It’s a very sim­ple pro­ce­dure, and there may be mi­nor up­dates that the car hasn’t had. The man­u­fac­turer may have tweaked the trans­mis­sion-shift­ing al­go­rithm or some other pa­ram­e­ters that are not cru­cial but may bring slight im­prove­ments to driv­abil­ity, mileage or emis­sions.

Tom: So if your shop has the ca­pac­ity to re­flash your com­puter, and they’re not go­ing to charge you too much for it, it can’t hurt any­thing, and it might be use­ful.

Ray: But as long as you haven’t re­ceived a no­ti­fi­ca­tion from your man­u­fac­turer, there’s no need to re-flash any­thing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis ex­cept your chim­ney.

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