The updated Audi A8 luxury sedan went on sale ahead of the first customer cars arriving on UK soil in March. The revamped BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival will cost just under £ 75,000 in the entry-level short-wheelbase version, with the long-wheelbase car starting at just under £ 79,000.
Audi describes the 2022 version as an “improvement to the model” with additional technology, although the company has also tweaked the exterior design, increasing the size of the grille and installing new air intakes. However, the highlights are the smart tech additions like LED headlights that help drivers stay in their lane during roadwork.
When choosing their new A8, customers are faced with a choice of three distinct models, with the standard wheelbase A8 being joined by the A8L and the more powerful S8. There are also four different trim levels, although all come with a lot of standard equipment.
Adaptive air suspension, leather upholstery and a 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display are standard across the range, while an Audi 10-speaker audio system, wireless phone charging and a head-up display are also offered. A dual touchscreen navigation system is also included, while parking sensors and a rear view camera are integrated.
Entry-level Sport models stand out with their 18-inch V-spoke alloy rims and LED headlights, while A8L Sport models also benefit from heated front and rear seats, a four-zone air conditioning and electric rear blinds. Long-wheelbase cars also come with a 5.7-inch rear touchscreen.
The S Line models, not to be confused with the S8, start at £ 79,985 and add a sportier look with more aggressive bumpers and a motorsport-inspired grille. They are also fitted with larger 20-inch alloy rims and “dynamic” scroll indicators. Likewise, the switch to the Black Edition adds glossy black alloy rims, black exterior trims and OLED taillights with a unique light signature.
Finally, the premium Vorsprung trim is only offered in combination with the A8L and S8 models, bringing the price to at least £ 102,935. That pays for larger 21-inch “seven-link” Audi Sport wheels, all-wheel steering and a panoramic glass roof, as well as front-seat ventilation with massage function, an extended leather package and a B&O audio system on the go. 17 speakers. The Vorsprung also has additional safety features, including a 360-degree parking camera and lane change warning technology.
Customers are also faced with a choice of powertrains, with the A8 available as a 3-liter “50 TDI” diesel version and a 3-liter “55 TFSI” petrol version. The former produces 282 hp, which is sufficient for a 5.9 second dash from 0-62 mph, while the latter produces 335 hp, reducing the benchmark sprint by three tenths. Both come with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive as standard.
Much like the S8, which comes with a 4-liter gasoline V8 that produces 563 hp, allowing 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds. It also has bespoke suspension characteristics, designed to improve handling and make the car more agile.
These three engines are expected to be joined by a 60 TFSIe engine, which combines the 3.0-liter gasoline engine with a plug-in hybrid power supply. That will deliver 456bhp and a 0-62mph time in under five seconds, but there’s no word on the range or zero-emission pricing.
“Audi has a rich history of luxury and innovation and these two aspects of our DNA are perfectly represented in the improved A8,” said Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi UK. “Since its inception, the A8 has been a driver of innovation at Audi with technology it pioneered and then applied to other segments and vehicles. In the area of premium mobility, the new A8 is asserting itself as one of the stars of our portfolio and of the luxury segment.