With a sharpened design and improved technology, Audi is bolstering the presence and of the Audi A8. Ordering in the UK for the refreshed flagship is under way, with the first customer deliveries due from March 2022. The starting price for A8 is £74,985 with long wheelbase starting from £78,985. The S8 is priced at £102,610.
The fourth-generation Audi A8, introduced in 2017, ushers in numerous model enhancements for 2021. The line-up comprises three models, A8, A8L and S8.
Sport, S Line, Black Edition and Vorsprung specifications make up the trim structure for the refreshed luxury saloon. Every model comes highly-specced with the latest technology and innovation the A8 customers demand.
Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed S Tiptronic gearbox are standard across the entire A8 and A8L line-up as are adaptive air suspension. Sport models also boast unique 18-inch ‘five-V-spoke’ design forged alloy wheels (19-inch on TFSI e models) and LED headlights.
S Line models build on that by bringing a greater degree of visual drama thanks to the S Line front and rear bumpers and S-specific radiator grille. Further upgrades include 20-inch five-twin-arm alloy wheels, HD Matrix LED headlights with dynamic light presentation and dynamic indicators, a sports look for the comfort contour seats, acoustic double glazing and privacy glass.
Black Edition adds 20-inch gloss black Audi Sport ‘five-V-spoke’ alloy wheels, black exterior styling pack and OLED rear lights with a unique light signature.
The A8L Sport also benefits from heated front and rear seats, four-zone automatic air-conditioning, electric sunblinds for rear windows and rear doors and Audi’s Rear Central control unit comprising a 5.7-inch touchscreen OLED display.
The interior shoe horns comfort contour seats in Valcona leather, the 12.3-inch HD Audi Virtual Cockpit, a 10-loudspeaker Audi Sound System, Audi Phone Box with wireless charging, Head-up display, twin-touchscreen MMI Navigation Plus.
Safety systems include adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera, Parking System Plus, Audi Pre-sense, camera-based traffic sign recognition and convenience key. S Line models build on that by bringing a greater degree of visual drama thanks to the S Line front and rear bumpers and S-specific radiator grille.
Range-topping Vorsprung models ride on 21-inch Audi Sport ‘seven-arm’ wheels, Dynamic all-wheel steering, Digital Matrix LED headlights, a panoramic glass roof, front-seat ventilation with massage function, extended leather pack, ambient lighting package plus and a 17-speaker B&O sound system. Safety equipment is also bolstered with the inclusion of crossing assist, lane change warning, cross-traffic assist rear, a 360-degree camera and Parking Assist plus with remote parking.
The S8 line-up includes 20-inch ‘five-double-spoke’ S design alloy wheels, Quattro all-wheel-drive and sports differential, dynamic all-wheel steering, predictive active suspension, comfort contour seats in sports look, electric and heated front seats, 17-speaker B&O sound system, a 12.3-inch HD Audi Virtual Cockpit and a wealth of active and passive safety systems.
The Audi A8 is available with four engine options. The 3.0 TDI and the 3.0 TFSI are V6 units, while the 4.0 TFSI in the 570bhp S8 is a V8 with cylinder on-demand technology. The TFSI e plug-in hybrid model combines the 3.0 TFSI with an electric motor.