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2018 Audi A8 Sport 4.0 TFSI Features and Specs

22-Way Power Heated Front Comfort Sport Seats -inc: Multi-contour, diamond stitched pattern and ventilation w/massage feature

14-Way Driver Seat

14-Way Passenger Seat

Bench Front Facing Heated Rear Seat

Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column

Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer

Power Rear Windows and w/Power Sun Blinds

Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away

Front Cupholder

Rear Cupholder

Front And Rear Cigar Lighter(s)



Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start

Valet Function

Power Fuel Flap Locking Type

Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button

Remote Releases -Inc: Proximity Cargo Access

HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter

Cruise Control

Dual Zone Front And Rear Automatic Air Conditioning

Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls

HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation, Auxiliary Rear Heater, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts

Illuminated Locking Glove Box

Driver Foot Rest

Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood/Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood/Piano Black Door Panel Insert, Leather/Genuine Wood Console Insert, Aluminum/Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard

Alcantara Simulated Suede Door Trim Insert

Leather/Aluminum Gear Shifter Material

Valcona Leather Seat Upholstery -inc: diamond stitched pattern

Full Alcantara Simulated Suede Headliner

Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination and Illuminated Rear Visor Mirror

Full Floor Console w/Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets

Front And Rear Map Lights

Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats

Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim

Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch

Cargo Net

Cargo Space Lights

FOB Controls -inc: Cargo Access and Windows

Memory Settings -inc: Driver And Passenger Seats, Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel, Head Restraints, HVAC and Seatbelts

Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins

Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down

Delayed Accessory Power

Heated Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature

Redundant Digital Speedometer

Trip Computer

Outside Temp Gauge

Analog Appearance

Head-Up Display

Seats w/Leather Back Material

Power w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and w/Tilt Rear Head Restraints

2 Seatback Storage Pockets

Driver And Front Passenger Armrests w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage

Perimeter Alarm

Immobilizer III Engine Immobilizer

4 12V DC Power Outlets

Air Filtration

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L 4.0T Sport 4dr All-wheel Drive quattro LWB Sedan
2018 Audi A8 Specs

Front head room37 "
Rear head room39 "
Front shoulder room59 "
Rear shoulder room58 "
Front leg room41.4 "
Rear leg room42.9 "
Luggage capacity14.2 cu.ft.
Maximum cargo capacity14.2 cu.ft.
Standard seating5
Length207.4 "
Body width76.7 "
Body height57.9 "
Wheelbase122.9 "
Curb4,673 lbs.
Gross weight6,041 lbs.
Fuel tank capacity21.7 gal.
EPA mileage estimates16 City / 26 Hwy
Base engine size4.0 liters
Base engine typeV-8
Horsepower450 hp
Horsepower rpm5,300
Torque444 lb-ft.
Torque rpm1,500
Payload1,102 lbs.
Drive typeall-wheel drive
Turning radius20.8 ''
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Year 1$37,694

Year 2$10,678

Year 3$8,853

Year 4$6,428

Year 5$5,079

Fees & Taxes

Year 1$5,696

Year 2$380

Year 3$332

Year 4$279

Year 5$265


Year 1$1,227

Year 2$1,270

Year 3$1,315

Year 4$1,362

Year 5$1,411


Year 1$1,391

Year 2$1,376

Year 3$1,361

Year 4$1,346

Year 5$1,331


Year 1$2,996

Year 2$2,384

Year 3$1,746

Year 4$1,080

Year 5$387


Year 1$0

Year 2$575

Year 3$222

Year 4$1,004

Year 5$2,717


Year 1$83

Year 2$103

Year 3$120

Year 4$137

Year 5$163


Year 1$0

Year 2$0

Year 3$0

Year 4$0

Year 5$1,694

Total Cost to Own

Year 1$49,086

Year 2$16,766

Year 3$13,948

Year 4$11,636

Year 5$13,046

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2018 Audi A8 Review

The Audi A8, now in its sixth year of production, keeps up the fight against the gaudy standards set by other automakers in the full-sized luxury sedan market, by offering an ultra-luxurious driving experience that is wrapped up in a conservative package that doesn't scream money in an insecure way. The A8 gets the basics right, but it shows its age in the tech and features department where items such as Audi's virtual cockpit control and Apple CarPlay are not yet available. This could be considered a major setback for the A8, a vehicle that competes in a class where carmakers test their most advanced tech features for a demanding audience with money to spend. Still, the two engine choices for the A8 both produce enough power to get the barge-like A8 moving with the finesse of a much smaller car. Despite the lack of tech features, the A8 still excels in terms of driving pleasure, responsive steering and standard-all-wheel drive handling that is among the best in this class. It remains one of the most accomplished personal limousines on U.S. roads in 2018.

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2018 Audi A8 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2017 A8?

The Audi A8 is set to receive a much-needed, major redesign for 2019. But until that time comes, Audi has bolstered the A8 with a fresh new Executive package as well as an optional Black Optics appearance package. The optional Executive package adds a slew of convenience and luxury features that turns the A8 into something resembling a private jet; larger wheels and added driver assistance systems help keep the generously sized A8 on the road better. Inside, the front passengers get treated to ventilated massage-enabled seats, a sizable sunroof and a redesigned steering wheel with paddle shifters. For those who like a bit more individuality, the Black Optics appearance package will get you even bigger wheels and black exterior trim, as well as distinctive interior aesthetic touches.

Pros and Cons

  • Top-class comfort levels
  • Powerful engine options
  • Supple ride
  • All-wheel drive comes standard
  • Generous interior space
  • Is due for a full redesign in 2019
  • Lacks some tech features available on rivals
  • Conservative looks might put some off.

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2018 Audi A8 Trims

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TrimEngineTransmissionDrivetrainPrice (MSRP)
L 3.0T quattro

3.0L Supercharged V6 Gas

8-Speed Automatic

All-Wheel Drive

L 4.0T Sport quattro

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas

8-Speed Automatic

All-Wheel Drive


A8 Exterior

Full-size luxury sedans tend to refrain from looking too garish or presenting as in-your-face-opulent, and the A8 exemplifies that ethos with understated excellence. The 2018 A8 is a handsome car, but after six years on the showroom floor, it is starting to show its age. The only way you'd recognize the fact that this is a serious Audi is by the rings and LED headlights at the front, the A8 badge on the rear, and the sheer size of it: long and low, the A8 has the weighted look of a big sedan. The Executive package's larger 20-inch wheels give the A8 some much-needed street cred, but other than that and a few small styling touches included in the Black Optics appearance package, the A8 flies well under the radar as far as the exterior styling goes.

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The sheer size of the 2018 A8 is put into a clear perspective when you look at its dimensions. It measures 207.4 inches in length, is 57.9 inches high, and 76.7 inches wide. This is larger than both the BMW 7 Series as well as the Cadillac CT6. Only taking a step back to the length of the BMW 7 Series' longer wheelbase (126.4 inches as opposed to the 122.9 inches on the Audi), the A8 otherwise dominates in terms of size. These generous dimensions, along with an all-wheel-drive system, plush interior, and big engines place the Audi A8 in the heavyweight division. Weighing in at 4,464 lbs, the A8 weighs over 250 lbs more than the 2018 BMW 7 Series and substantially more than the Cadillac.

  • Length207.4 in

  • Wheelbase122.9 in

  • Height57.9 in

  • Max Width76.7 in

  • Front Width64.7 in

  • Rear Width64.4 in

  • Curb Weight4,464.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

Audi has kept the exterior colors for the 2018 A8 subdued yet tasteful, and the color palette complements the A8's clean lines and businesslike demeanor. New owners will be able to choose from seven distinctive Metallic colors: Brilliant Black, Mythos Black, Monsoon Gray, Moonlight Blue, Ibis White, Florett Silver, and Glacier White. Darker colors suit the A8 better, in our opinion and Monsoon Gray does the most to complement the chrome grille and body inserts, transforming this big Audi into an Autobahn-bullet.

  • Brilliant Black
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Ibis White
  • Monsoon Gray Metallic
  • Moonlight Blue Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic

A8 Performance

Despite its massive curb weight, the 2018 Audi A8 surprises with capable performance and handling. The supercharged V6 engine and turbocharged V8 both pack a hefty punch in terms of performance, helping the A8 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in the low five-second region (dropping to 4.4 seconds in the V8); all this is engineered in such a way that linear power delivery will suit both city driving and open road cruising alike. Getting all that power to the ground is taken care of by Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system which sends 60% of the power to the rear in standard-setting, but can move up to 60% of the power to the front wheels if need be. The A8 manages to hide its size and weight well and bestows the driver with a sense of unwavering sure-footedness and confidence.

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Audi A8 is powered by a choice of two engines, the first being a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that develops 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, and the second being a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 that pushes out 450 hp and 444 lb-ft - an impressive output for a sedan. The smaller V6 engine does a superb job of motivating the A8 into action and offers ample torque and top-end power to navigate all of your daily driving requirements. For those who like their limousine-like sedans to accelerate faster than most sports cars, the turbocharged V8 is a must. The A8 in V8 guise is a sleeper car in every sense of the term and will surprize unsuspecting Porsche 911 drivers at the traffic lights. There is only one transmission option available for the 2018 Audi A8, that being a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic. This transmission matches the A8's laid back demeanor and is brilliant at keeping the Audi in its mid to low range powerband; just don't expect lightning-fast dual-clutch-like gear changes. The quattro system in the A8 splits power 40/60 front to back but can send up to 60% of the power to the front if need be.

  • Engines

    3.0L Supercharged V6 Gas, 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas

  • Transmission

    8-Speed Automatic

Handling and Driving Impressions

Audi has a knack for making larger and heavier cars handle like small ones. This is evident in the A5 coupe and their range of Q-vehicles. The A8 can't shake the fact that it's a very large car, but Audi has managed to work some kind of magic because the A8 drives like many of its much smaller, more nimble counterparts. Even when driving at a hurried pace, the A8 feels composed and responsive to steering inputs, thanks to its quattro system and well-sorted suspension setup.

The big Audi will take a few sharp corners at speed without breaking a sweat, but you'll always be made aware of the extra weight you're carrying around with some body shift. The A8 is happiest when cruising along at motorway speeds, or rolling through city traffic. Ride comfort is superb, although steering feel and feedback are sacrificed to an extent. Audi's drive select system allows the driver to alter the A8's engine response, steering feel and suspension stiffness; the pre-programmed comfort, auto, and dynamic modes give you a set of driving experiences ranging from sedate to beastly, and the self customizable individual mode gives you the tools to configure your own driving experience.

Getting the A8 to a halt is a drama-free experience as well, and the sixty-to-zero stopping distance is noted at 114 feet, which is quite standard for this segment.

A8 Gas Mileage

The full-size luxury sedan class is not known for its fuel efficiency, but with the ever-increasing levels of technology found in these top-of-the-line cars, gas mileage numbers are steadily improving. The least powerful powertrain in the line-up will return a city/highway/combined figure of 19/29/22 mpg, and the turbocharged V8 will see those numbers drop slightly to 16/26/20 mpg. The BMW 7 Series in six-cylinder guise earns estimates of 21/29/24 mpg, and the all-wheel-drive turbo V8 will do 16/25/19 mpg. The A8's 21.7-gallon gas tank feeds on premium unleaded and should see the A8 reach the 477-mile mark before needing to refuel on the V6-engined model.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity

    21.7 Gallons

  • Fuel Economy

    City/Hwy: 19/29 mpg

* 2018 Audi A8 L 3.0T quattro AWD

A8 Interior

The interior of the A8 is arguably the most important aspect of the car. Audi has gone to great lengths to ensure that the interior of the A8 is as comfortable and luxurious as possible, and you can clearly see that by the generous use of leather, aluminum and real wood throughout, with attention to detail given in even the smallest areas. The A8 provides good visibility no matter where in the car you're seated due to large windows, and with the sunroof open, you can even have a bit of an open-air experience. The level of build quality is class-leading, but in terms of styling, the A8's competitors provide a more contemporary design while the A8 clings to that old-world, familiar, monied look and feel. You'll appreciate the quietness of the A8 though; sounds outside of the car are near imperceptible, and road noise is also very low.

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Seating and Interior Space

The A8 will seat five people in resounding comfort, as is to be expected from a car in the full-size luxury sedan class. Front passengers are cradled via 18-way adjustable plush leather seats that strike a good balance between comfort and support. The V8 model gets ventilated and massage-enabled front seats that come with even more adjustability (22 ways in total). Front passengers can stretch their legs as far as they would like, thanks to 41.4 inches of legroom, while the headroom is a bit more limiting at 37.2 inches. Rear passengers get excellent space with 42.9 inches in legroom available, and 39.1 inches of headroom for even six-foot occupants to feel at home. The Cadillac CT6 trumps the A8 in front legroom and headroom space (46.4 inches and 40.2 inches respectively), but the Audi is more spacious in all other measurements. The 2018 Audi A8 doesn't lead the pack in terms of interior space, but as an outgoing model in a sea of new arrivals, it puts in a commendable effort.

  • Seating capacity


  • Front Leg Room41.4 in

  • Front Head Room37.2 in

  • Rear Leg Room42.9 in

  • Rear Head Room39.1 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Step inside the A8 and you'll find yourself surrounded by leather, real wood, aluminum, and Alcantara. Every single touchpoint has been covered in some sort of rare-earth element or soft-touch plastic, and it feels absolutely premium. The headliner is a full cloth affair and the shifter gets a blend of aluminum and leather coverage. The front console features real wood inserts and the door panels get a quality feeling suedecloth insert. New owners will be able to choose from four shades of leather, starting with Titanium Gray, followed by Velvet Beige, Nougat Brown, and a classy, standard Black. The Black Optic appearance package adds Piano Black inserts throughout the interior, and the V8 model gets cross-stitched seats.

A8 Trunk and Cargo Space

Trunk space on the 2018 A8 is rather small for its class, measuring only 14.2 cubic feet. The 2018 BMW 7 Series has a gigantic 18.2 cubic feet in comparison. The Audi's trunk is still sizeable and, thanks to a square opening, loading stuff in and out of the trunk is made so much easier. For scale, you'd be able to pack a golf bag and enough luggage for a long weekend away. That's really no more than an A6 would accommodate, but this segment is more about interior luxury than family-accommodating practicality.

Interior cargo space is relatively good; front and rear passengers all get some personal storage space and cupholders, although not in abundance. The center console and glove compartment are spacious.

  • Trunk Volume

    14.2 ft³

A8 Infotainment and Features


Right before a full redesign, cars tend to get a whole lot of optional extras as standard, and that's pretty much the case with the 2018 A8. The 3.0 V6 model is equipped with a long list of tech features, including a wi-fi hotspot hosting and hard drive media storage. A head-up display is standard on the V8 but is optional on the base model. On the top of the line V8, you get full navigation, a hands-free liftgate, and keyless entry and start. The 2018 Audi A8 does, however, miss out on a bevy of self-driving and infotainment tech that can be found in newer models from Genesis, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. Optional features worth mentioning include night-vision camera tech and even a sport-tuned rear differential. Other standard niceties include power rear sunshades, power-adjustable steering, and optional adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam assist.


Audi's MMI infotainment interface is one of the best in its class and is responsive and intuitive when scrolling through menus and making inputs. The MMI interface uses a centrally mounted rotating knob that controls menu selection; touchpads that sit beside the central knob can be used to select touch commands and it attempts, sometimes unsuccessfully, to read handwriting and hand-drawn numbers. If the MMI system fails to select your favorite Sinatra song, you can try to get it playing via voice command or by pressing on the steering wheel-mounted controls. The A8 suffers from a lack of USB ports, and unlike its newer siblings, it doesn't come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

A8 Problems and Reliability

The D4 Audi A8 has been affected by just a few recalls. The first was issued in 2013 and was issued due to a glass panel in the sunroof that was liable to shatter on impact with a foreign object, putting the safety of the occupants at risk. The second recall was issued for 2013-2015 models for an issue with a high-pressure fuel line that could become porous over time and create a fuel leak. The 2018 model has not had any recalls. Audi covers the A8 with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, four-year/50,000 mile powertrain warranty, as well as a four-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan.


  • Basic:

    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

  • Drivetrain:

    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

  • Corrosion:

    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles

  • Roadside Assistance:

    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

  • Maintenance:

    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

A8 Safety

The 2018 Audi A8 hasn't been tested by the IIHS or NHTSA; not even the European NCAP rating is available. Still, if Audi's history of safety - together with the comprehensive list of features across the range - is anything to go by, the A8 should fare well in terms of overall safety scores.

Key Safety Features

Taking a closer look at the construction of the A8, it is noteworthy that Audi has made use of an aluminum space frame that gives the A8's body inherent strength and rigidity. Add to that a full range of seven airbags including a driver knee airbag and active safety features, and you would technically have a very safe car. We can't officially say that of course, as official scores aren't available. However, the comprehensive list of standard safety features on the base model includes the likes of a backup camera, tire pressure monitoring and stability control. Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system seems like a dynamic feature, but it also helps keep the A8 stable in slippery and unpredictable situations. The more expensive V8 model is equipped with adaptive cruise control, rear and side-traffic alert, pre-collision technology, and lane departure warning.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2018 Audi A8 a good car?

The 2018 Audi A8 is an accomplished luxury sedan, despite its age disadvantage. It still manages to look good at over six years old, but opinions will be split on its conservative outward appearance that doesn't always match up to the contemporary look of more modern rivals. Inside, the A8 offers class-competitive space and class-leading levels of comfort. In typical Audi fashion, no expense has been spared in the fit and finish of the interior. Plush leather, aluminum, and wood are generously used throughout the A8's cabin, creating a sense of exclusivity and serenity - an ideal space for long trips or braving harsh traffic conditions. The infotainment system is outdated, to be fair, but it is user-friendly and responsive. The sound system, even at a base level, sounds great too. When it comes to driving comfort, the A8 feels like it drives on clouds; even though it can handle a few bends, it's more at home on the highway or cruising in the city where it can cushion occupants from noisy traffic. The A8 is powered by two excellent engine options that return fuel consumption numbers comparable to the rest of the class. It might be aging in certain areas, but for pure comfort and driving pleasure, the A8 is hard to beat.

🚘What's the Price of the 2018 Audi A8?

The 2018 Audi A8 has an MSRP of $82,500 for the 3.0-liter V6, while the V8 model is priced at $92,000. The comparable 2018 Cadillac CT6 Sedan in higher-end, all-wheel-drive V6 guise goes for $84,295, and the turbocharged V8 BMW 750i retails for $99,400, making the A8 look even more attractive. These prices exclude licensing, registration and a $975 destination charge. Dealerships set prices, so if you hunt around, you might score a good deal, especially now that the current model is due for replacement soon.

2018 Audi A8 Models

The 2018 Audi A8 is available in two models, 3.0 V6 and 4.0 V8, with accompanying optional packages further distinguishing the lineup.

The base model, if you can consider any Audi A8 as a base model, is the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 A8. In base form, the A8 comes equipped with an impressive list of standard equipment. On the outside, the 3.0 V6 rides on 19-inch wheels and adaptive air suspension. The large chrome grille and LED headlights give it an unmistakable A8 look. You'll also get a rearview camera and parking assistance, a power liftgate, as well as keyless entry and start/stop technology. Inside, everything is covered in leather. Front seats are ventilated and power-adjustable. The old-generation MMI infotainment system does duty in the A8, but includes navigation, 4G wi-fi, Bluetooth and a power port for smartphones; sadly, it fails to provide a single USB port.

The 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 distinguishes itself from the V6 model on the outside with bigger 20-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof. Inside, the V8 gets Alcantara-style door card inserts and ventilated and massage-capable front seats. Everything the driver needs to touch is heated, and a head-up display, as well as a top-view parking camera, gives you access to side- and front-camera views.

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Additional Packages

Over and above the extensive feature list found on the 4.0-liter A8, new owners can select from four optional packages that add even more comfort, style, safety and practicality to the A8's impressive resume. The Black Optic package can be chosen in either a 20-inch or 21-inch option. Although this is in reference to the size of the wheels, it dictates the contents of the package too: the 20-inch package costs $1,000 and adds 20-inch alloy wheels with a titanium finish. The 21-inch package costs $1,950 and adds 275/35R21 summer tires. Both include exterior appearance enhancements such as black side mirrors and other small touches.

For the 3.0-liter V6 model, an Executive package can be added. It throws in the V8's larger wheels, sunroof, heated interior touchpoints, top-view parking assistance, and a head-up driver display. The package also makes the V6 a safer car due to the inclusion of Audi's Pre Sense Plus system that offers front, side, and rear pre-collision safety tech by means of lane change assistance and auto high beam functionality.

The Executive plus package, only available on the V8 model, includes power adjustable seats for backseat passengers, as well as ventilation and massage-capability, perfect for the CEO on the go.

🚗What Audi A8 Model Should I Buy?

In this price bracket, potential buyers can be less sensitive to fluctuations in prices. Despite that, the A8's near $10,000 price gap between the base model and top of the line V8 is still a bitter pill to swallow. The V6 does a fine job of being a low-key luxury transporter, and for those sitting in the back seat, the difference between the two trims will be almost imperceptible - except, of course, if you are benefitting from the massage-enabled seats of the Executive Plus package. Still, for that extra $10k, you do get a lot more. Firstly, the turbocharged V8 puts the A8 in a completely different performance bracket and will keep you smiling without breaking the bank at the gas station (at least not that much more than the V6). The interior also sees some major upgrades in the form of a head-up display, an upgraded sound system and seats that can massage the stresses of corporate life right out of your lower back. All in all, the V8 offers the best bang for your buck.

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2018 Audi A8 Comparisons

2018 Audi A8 vs BMW 7 Series

The 2018 BMW 7 Series has two models, namely the 740i xDrive and 750i xDrive, that are comparable to the 2018 A8 due to an all-wheel-drive drivetrain and similar powerplant configuration. The 740i xDrive has an MSRP of $86,100, which is $3,600 more than the base A8; the 750i xDrive will cost you $7,400 more than the V8 Audi. The BMW boasts a fresher design which is evident in its sporty and modern exterior styling, but also in terms of the cabin, where safety and infotainment tech is far superior to that of the Audi. The BMW has considerably more cargo space, but both cars offer equally spacious seating for passengers. Fuel consumption figures are comparable. The BMW offers better road feel and is the better driving car, but the Audi is better at low-speed cruising and has lower noise levels. Although the Audi is a better value-for-money choice, we would wait for the updated version as the redesign may bring the A8 even closer to the top of its class.

See BMW 7 Series Review

2018 Audi A8 vs Cadillac CT6 Sedan

The Cadillac CT6 is not a traditional competitor to the A8, but on paper, it starts to make a lot of sense why these two cars should be compared. The CT6 is very close in size to the A8 but weighs a considerable amount less than its German counterpart. The CT6 can also be matched up in terms of powertrains: both the A8 and CT6 drive all four wheels (the CT6 also comes in a rear-wheel-drive variant) and both have a lower-powered V6 engine choice. The Cadillac engine is a naturally aspirated V6 that produces more power, but less torque than Audi's supercharged V6. The Caddy's turbocharged V6 is less powerful than Audi's V8 but has to pull less weight - the result is that gas mileage is better on the turbo six than Audi's V8. The Audi does feel more premium and offers a more comfortable experience, but if the price is the deciding factor, the Cadillac deserves a second look, with more than $4,000 separating the two in their most premium guises.

See Cadillac CT6 Sedan Review

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In case you haven’t already heard, there’s an all-new Audi A8 – you can view all of it in our 321-photo gallery. Apart from the obvious exterior upgrades, the new and improved luxury sedan comes pre-loaded with semi-autonomous technology, laser headlights, and even a foot massager. Fancy.


But what exactly has changed from the outgoing model? Well, plenty. Using our nifty photo-comparison tool, it’s easy to pinpoint all the design changes to the exterior, while detecting some of the subtle nuances made to the more technology-focused cabin.

Working our way from the outside in, the most obvious revision comes in the front fascia. The new Singleframe grille is significantly more sculpted, doing away with the "squircle" shape of the outgoing D4 model. The headlights are sleeker too, and include new lasers within the HD Matrix LED high-beam headlamps. The added lasers are said to double the range of high beams at speeds above 43 miles per hour (69 kilometers per hour).

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Out back the flowing taillight bar is significantly more upscale than that of the outgoing setup, borrowing a number of cues from the Prologue concept introduced a few years back. Otherwise, the same clean lines remain, while a new set of wheels and some minor updates to the side moldings gives the entire package an updated feel.

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Inside is where most of the big changes occur. Audi’s new Virtual Cockpit makes its way to the A8 range for the first time, and includes a digital instrument cluster that displays key vehicle information in full HD resolution of 1,920 x 720 pixels. A 10.5-inch infotainment screen is located front and center, and stays flush with the dash instead of jutting up out of it.

Many of the knobs and dials have been done away with in place of a dual touchscreen system and easy-to-use voice commands. Nearly all of the functions can still be accessed through the steering wheel controls, naturally, while aural and tactile feedback helps in executing a number of commands. The steering wheel itself has been given a sharp new look.

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Available only on the long-wheelbase A8 L, Audi has included a unique "relaxation seat" that’s relegated to the passenger side rear. The relaxation seat includes things like heating, cooling, and even massage functions at the footrest, all controlled via a central touchscreen and dial system located between the two rear seats.

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Overall the new Audi A8 looks to be much improved – and the changes aren’t just skin deep. A new aluminum platform provides some extra rigidity, while adding a few extra inches of rear headroom (0.5 inches) and legroom (1.1 inches) at the same time. 

The A8 equipped with a 3.0-liter 340-horsepower V6 will start at €90,600 in Germany, while the longer A8 L will cost €94,100. The equates to about $103,000 and $107,000 in the U.S., a pretty significant bump over the outgoing model’s $82,500 base MSRP.

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Audi A8

Motor vehicle

The Audi A8 is a four-door, full-size, luxurysedan manufactured and marketed by the German automaker Audi since 1994. Succeeding the Audi V8, and now in its fourth generation, the A8 has been offered with both front- or permanent all-wheel drive—and in short- and long-wheelbase variants. The first two generations employed the Volkswagen Group D platform, with the current generation deriving from the MLB platform. After the original model's 1994 release, Audi released the second generation in late 2002, the third in late 2009, and the fourth and current iteration in 2017.

Noted as the first mass-market car with an aluminium chassis, all A8 models have used this construction method co-developed with Alcoa and marketed as the Audi Space Frame.[1]

A mechanically-upgraded, high-performance version of the A8 debuted in 1996 as the Audi S8. Produced exclusively at Audi's Neckarsulm plant, the S8 is fitted standard with Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system, and is available in short- and long-wheelbase form.[2]

First generation (D2, Typ 4D; 1994–2002)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation (D2/4D)
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Pre-facelift Audi A8 4.2 quattro (US)

ProductionJune 1994 – August 4, 2002[3][4]
Model years1995–2002 (Worldwide)
1997–2002 (US)
AssemblyGermany: Neckarsulm
DesignerChris Bird; Dirk van Braeckel (1990, 1991)[5]
PlatformVolkswagen Group D2

Manual transmission

  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual (S8)
WheelbaseSWB: 2,882 mm (113.5 in)
LWB: 3,010 mm (118.5 in)
LengthSWB: 5,034 mm (198.2 in)
LWB: 5,164 mm (203.3 in)
Width1,880 mm (74.0 in)
Height1,438 mm (56.6 in)
Kerb weight2.5: 1,630 kg (3,590 lb) (TDI)
2.5: 1,735 kg (3,825 lb) (TDI AWD)
3.3: 1,860 kg (4,100 lb) (TDI AWD)
2.8: 1,540 kg (3,400 lb)
3.7: 1,645 kg (3,627 lb)
3.7: 1,725 kg (3,803 lb) (AWD)
4.2: 1,750 kg (3,860 lb) (AWD)
4.2: 1,845 kg (4,068 lb) (US)
4.2: 1,790 kg (3,950 lb) (AWD A8L)
4.2: 1,885 kg (4,156 lb) (US)
6.0: 1,950 kg (4,300 lb)
6.0: 1,980 kg (4,370 lb) (AWD A8L)
S8: 1,730 kg (3,810 lb)
S8: 1,845 kg (4,068 lb) (US)


Audi Space Frame concept car

In 1982, Ferdinand Piëch signed an agreement with Aluminum Company of America. The objective was to design and develop a car that would be substantially lighter than any other vehicles in its class (to compensate for the fact that standard all-wheel drive was around 100 kg (220 lb) heavier than competitors' rear-wheel drive). In the late 1980s, it was decided that the target vehicle would be a successor to the V8 (Typ 4C) flagship introduced in 1988. By 1990, a final design by Chris Bird and Dirk van Braeckel was chosen and frozen for series production in mid-1991. In September 1993, the Audi Space Frame (ASF) Concept was unveiled at the 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) as a D2 Typ 4D prototype in polished aluminum. Pilot production began in December 1993 and development ended in early 1994, at a total cost of $700 million (£418.1 million).[6]


The Audi A8 (Typ 4D) was presented in February 1994 and debuted at the 1994 Geneva Auto Show in March, with full-scale factory production commencing in June 1994,[3][clarification needed] although it was not until October 1996, for the 1997 model year that it became available in North America. Unlike its predecessor, the Audi V8 model, which was built on an existing steel platform, the A8 debuted on the then-new Volkswagen Group D2 platform, an all aluminiummonocoque, marketed as the "Audi Space Frame" (ASF), which helped to reduce weight and preserve structural rigidity. The saloon/sedan was offered in both the A8 (standard wheelbase), and the A8 L extended or long-wheelbase (LWB) version. The A8 L adds 5 inches (127 mm) of rear legroom. Updates to the car in 1997 included the addition of six interior airbags.[7][8][9] The A8 was designed as a competitor to fellow German rivals Mercedes Benz S Class and the BMW 7 Series it also competed against the British Jaguar XJ and the Japanese Lexus LS.

Pre-facelift Audi A8 4.2 quattro

Facelift Audi A8 L 4.2 quattro (US)

First series production Audi with W12 engine

In 1997, Audi introduced the first series production electronic stability control (ESP) for all-wheel drive vehicles (Audi A8 and Audi A6)– the world's first production cars with both front and rear side airbags.

For 1997, the new A8 was available with either front-wheel drive (FWD), or the Torsen-based quattro permanent four-wheel drive. The FWD models are powered by a 2.8-litre V6 engine, producing 142 kW (193 PS; 190 bhp), and a 3.7-litre V8 engine producing 169 kW (230 PS; 227 bhp), while the quattro received a 4.2-litre V8 producing 221 kW (300 PS; 296 bhp).

The A8 is available with standard luxury amenities, including dual-zone climate control, wood and leather interior trim, 14-way power and heated seats, and an enhanced Bose audio system.

In 1999, Audi's flagship received side curtain airbags, new colours, and restructuring of option packages. The North American "warm weather package" added a solar sunroof which allows the interior ventilation fans to run, keeping the interior cool while the car is parked with the engine turned off. Changes to all models included a larger passenger-side mirror, and a first aid kit located in the rear centre armrest.

In 1999 for the 2000 model year came a minor front-end restyle, with new, larger, clear headlights, a revised grille, and lower front valance with standard projection fog lamps. On the interior, the seats received a new, horizontal stitch pattern. Also, the 3.7-litre V8 FWD model was dropped, leaving the 2.8 V6 model and the long-wheelbase and short-wheelbase 4.2-litre quattro. These restyled cars also featured revised external door handles and an integrated radio antenna. For 2000, the North American A8 line-up was expanded to include the A8 L.

In 2001, Audi introduced its new W12 engine, a compact 6.0-litre unit developed by effectively mating two VR6 engines together at the crankshaft. The engine quickly became available in the A8, though only to European and Asian customers. From its introduction through its discontinuation in 2003, only 750 of the D2 "W12" models were produced. 2001 also marked the debut of the high-performance S8 variant in North American markets.

In 2002, the A8 L received standard xenonhigh-intensity discharge lamp (HID) headlights, and a heated steering wheel. A tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), an updated Symphony II stereo, and new exterior colours were also added. For 2002, all A8 variants received a trunk/boot interior release lever to facilitate escape in the event an individual became trapped within.

Factory production of this generation ceased at Number 105,092[10] on August 4, 2002.[3]

Coupé (prototype)[edit]

In 1997, IVM Automotive of Munich, Germany built a two-door Audi A8 Coupé. The car was unveiled at the 1997 Geneva Motor Show. Audi contracted IVM to build the prototype, and was considering production of the vehicle. The coupé had a re-engineered aluminium body, shorter than the production A8 saloon. Like the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, there was no central "B" pillar, giving the car a seamless design with a gradually sloping roofline. The car included custom leather seats which could seat four. Ultimately, Audi decided not to put the A8 Coupé into production, citing lower-than-expected sales figures for the similar BMW 8 Series (E31) and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé. Only one A8 Coupé was ever built. The single prototype, painted in a colour called "Ming Blue pearl", remains the property of IVM Automotive, and resides in Munich. Its last public appearance was in 2002 on a series of test drives.


Facelift Audi S8

Audi introduced the S8 4.2 quattro into the European market in 1996. The S8 followed the naming convention of other high-performance Audi "S" models such as the Audi A6-derived S6 and was similar in vein of Mercedes-Benz AMG models. In some markets such as the UK, the S8 was only available with the automatic transmission. Cosmetically, Audi differentiated the S8 from the A8 with solid aluminium alloy door mirror housings, chrome-effect beltline and lower front grille trim, and polished twin exhaust pipes, along with subtle "S8" badging. 14-way power adjustable and heated sports front seats with memory function were fitted as were heated rear seats. Standard alloy wheels were 18-inch cast aluminium alloy "Avus" six-spoke style. After the 1999 facelift, 20-inch polished nine-spoke RS wheels became an option. In 2002, 18-inch nine-spoke RS wheels became a no-cost option.

At the same time of the A8's facelift in late 1999, the S8 received the same cosmetic upgrades. This update marked the release of the S8 to the North American market. Production of the D2 series S8 ended in September 2002.

The D2 series S8 featured an uprated, 250 kW (335 hp) version of the 4.2-litre V8 with four valves per cylinder. From late 1999, Audi increased this to five valves per cylinder with power increased to 265 kilowatts (355 hp) and 430 newton-metres (317 lb⋅ft). From launch in 1996, European-market models came standard with a six-speed manual transmission. A sports-recalibrated version of the ZF 5HP24 five-speed tiptronic automatic, featuring "Dynamic Shift Programme" (DSP) was released a year later and was the only transmission available in most other markets.

A retuned, 20-millimetre (0.8 in) lowered sports suspension included a 30 percent stiffer spring rate and 40 percent more compression damping in the shock absorbers. Speed-sensitive "servotronic" power assisted steering was also standard.

The brakes featured Bosch 5.3 anti-lock braking system (ABS), with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), and worked radially ventilated front discs. From 2002, an upgraded Bosch 5.7 electronic stability programme became standard fitment.


Engine Power Torque at rpm 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top speed
Displacement Year Type
2.8 (2771 cc)1994–1996V6174 PS (128 kW; 172 hp); 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft)9.1 sec228 km/h (142 mph)
1996–2002193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp); 280 N⋅m (207 lbf⋅ft)8.4 sec236 km/h (147 mph)
3.7 (3697 cc)1995–1998V8230 PS (169 kW; 227 hp); 315 N⋅m (232 lb⋅ft)8.7 sec247 km/h (153 mph)
1998–2002260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp); 350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft)7.8 sec250 km/h (155 mph)
4.2 quattro (4172 cc)1994–1998300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp); 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft)6.9 sec250 km/h (155 mph)
1998–2002310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp); 410 N⋅m (302 lbf⋅ft)6.5 sec250 km/h (155 mph)
4.2 quattro (4172 cc) (S8)1996–1999340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp); 420 N⋅m (310 lbf⋅ft)5.6 sec250 km/h (155 mph)
1999–2002360 PS (265 kW; 355 hp); 430 N⋅m (317 lbf⋅ft)5.4 sec250 km/h (155 mph)
6.0 (5998 cc) (A8 L)2001–2002W12420 PS (309 kW; 414 hp); 550 N⋅m (406 lbf⋅ft)5.8 sec250 km/h (155 mph)
2.5 (2496 cc)1997–2000V6 TDI150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp); 310 N⋅m (229 lbf⋅ft)9.9 sec220 km/h (137 mph)
2000–2002180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp); 370 N⋅m (273 lbf⋅ft)8.8 sec227 km/h (141 mph)
3.3 (3328 cc) 2000–2002 V8 TDI225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp); 480 N⋅m (354 lbf⋅ft)8.2 sec242 km/h (150 mph)

Second generation (D3, Typ 4E; 2002–2009)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Second generation (D3/4E)
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Pre-facelift Audi A8 4.2 quattro

ProductionAugust 2002 – November 2009[3][11]
Model years2003–2009
AssemblyGermany: Neckarsulm
DesignerMiklós Kovács, Imre Hasanic, Dany Garand (1999)[12]
PlatformVolkswagen Group D3
RelatedAudi S8, Bentley Flying Spur
Volkswagen Phaeton

V6 petrol engine

  • 2.8 LV6
  • 3.0 L V6
    3.2 L V6 FSI

V8 petrol engine

  • 3.7 L V8
  • 4.2 L V8

V8 diesel engine

  • 4.0 L V8 TDI
  • 4.2 L V8 TDI

Continuously variable transmission

WheelbaseSWB: 2,944 mm (115.9 in)
LWB: 3,074 mm (121.0 in)
pre 2007: 5,051 mm (198.9 in),
post 2007: 5,062 mm (199.3 in)
pre 2007: 5,181 mm (204.0 in),
post 2007: 5,192 mm (204.4 in)
Width1,894 mm (74.6 in)
HeightSWB: 1,444 mm (56.9 in)
LWB: 1,455 mm (57.3 in)
Kerb weight1,670–1,990 kg (3,682–4,387 lb)

The second-generation Audi A8 (Typ 4E) built on the Volkswagen Group D3 platform was unveiled via press release in July 2002 and introduced in November 2002 in Europe[3][11][unreliable source?] and in June 2003 (as a 2004 model) in the United States. The model was longer than the previous generation, with room for four or five large adult occupants in the cabin, depending on rear seat configuration. The D3 development program began in 1996, with the design process commencing in Ingolstadt in 1997. The whole Audi design studio based in Ingolstadt first contributed sketch proposals, from which numerous different themes emerged. Six of them were developed into full size clay models and worked up in a traditional manner adjacent to full size tape drawings. At least three one quarter scale models were produced to explore other design variations.

Pre-facelift Audi A8 4.2 quattro

Facelift Audi A8 L 3.0 TDI

The six full size exterior clay models were reduced to two in late 1998 and these continued to be refined in parallel for a year. At the end of 1999 the final theme selection was made, by Miklós Kovács and Imre Hasanic the main contributing designers. This lengthy development time was in part due to the body being made from aluminium, a material less able to take the small radii of sharp feature lines such as those on the (steel bodied) A4 (B6) designed in 1998.

In parallel to the exterior design development the interior design was progressed with a total of four full size models produced and the production car's horizontally themed instrument panel design dominant from early on, with Norbert Schneider, Mark Bergold and Enzo Rothfuss the main contributing designers.

Grouping major controls nearer the driver for a more driver focused identity whilst creating a more airy and spacious feel were early priorities for the interior design team was headed by Jurgen Albamonte. This was in part facilitated by the Multi Media Interface (MMI) designed by Jurgen Schröder, that pioneered on the D3 A8 after the Audi Avantissimo concept car preview, and also by class leading colour and trim from Barbara Krömeke and Melinda Jenkins.

Under the supervision of Dany Garand, during the first half of 2000 exterior and interior clay models were digitized and developed using digital design tools in a supporting, not leading, capacity. The D3 final production design was later frozen in the summer of 2000 for an August 2002 start of production.[12]

The A8 was previewed at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show by the Audi Avantissimo concept car. This concept introduced much of the technology later available on the series production A8 D3, including: Multi Media Interface, 6-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles, V8 biturbo engine (RS6), self-levellingadaptive air suspension with continuously controlled damping, electric park brake, bi-xenon headlights with static Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) curve headlights, dashboard, driver identification systems with fingerprint scanner.

As with the previous version, two body variants of the second generation A8 are offered, the A8 (standard, or short wheelbase), and the long-wheelbase (LWB) A8 L. The A8 L adds 120 mm (4.7 inches) to the rear legroom and 11 mm (0.43 in) to the overall height of the car.

For quattro all wheel drive models, a ZF 6HP26-A61 (lower torque capacity 6HP19 version for 6 cylinder models) six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with "Dynamic Shift Programme" (DSP) and "sport" mode, with optional steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters, is the only transmission offering. Output is transmitted via Audi's quattro generation IV all-wheel drive system using the Torsen T-1 centre differential with a default 50:50 torque split front/rear. If the road conditions change, the purely mechanical Torsen differential responds without any delay; it can divert up to 70 percent of power to the front or rear axles.


In 2005, new internal combustion engines became available. For European and Asian market customers, the entry-level 3.0-litre V6 engine was replaced with a new 3.2-litre unit featuring Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI), which it shared with the Audi B7 A4 and Audi C6 A6. The top-of-the-line W12 version debuted that year. The advantage of the W12 engine layout is its compact packaging, allowing Audi to build a 12-cylinder sedan with all-wheel drive, whereas a conventional V12 could only have a rear-wheel drive configuration as it would have no space in the engine bay for a differential and other components required to power the front wheels. In fact, Audi's 6.0-litre W12 is actually slightly smaller by overall dimensions than the 4.2-litre V8.[14]

In addition to the added power trains, Audi restyled the D3 platform A8 range slightly in 2005, giving all variants a taller, wider trapezoidalsingle-frame grille. The top-of-the-line W12 enginedW12 version was the first model to be equipped with this grille; V8 engined models were fitted with the new grille the following year.[14] The W12 variant became famous for its appearance in Transporter 2, and its sequel.

The D3 generation A8 introduced the 235 kW (315 hp) 4.2-litre Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) V8 engine (subsequently uprated to 240 kW (322 hp)). The engine uses two turbochargers and two intercoolers, with each turbocharger functioning exclusively for one bank of four cylinders.

The adaptive air suspension gives the vehicle clearance a range from its normal 120 mm up to 145 mm in lift mode and down to 95 mm in the Autobahn mode, which is automatically activated when a speed of more than 120 km/h (75 mph) is maintained for more than 30 seconds.[15]

In September 2005 Audi became the first car maker to offer the 1,000-watt 14-channel ICEpower sound system option from Bang & Olufsen.[16][17]

2007 facelift[edit]

Changes include:

  • Updated front fascia incorporating Audi's signature single frame full-nose grill. Complementing the pronounced styling of the nose, designers tossed the understated round fog lights, opting for larger rectangular fog light housings- inside a set of 'Side-View illuminators' have been integrated into the housing; aiding drivers in low-light or poor visibility conditions by automatically illuminating depending on speed and steering angle. Side-View Illuminators operate independent of fog lights.
  • Updated tail-light assembly featuring much brighter and more efficient LED bulbs. Dual rear fog lights are still standard.

New Optional Features:

A8 L W12 quattro Security[edit]

The A8 L W12 quattro Security is an armoured vehicle with B6+ and B7 (European standard) ballistic ratings. It includes a W12 engine rated at 331 kW; 444 hp (450 PS) and 580 N⋅m (428 lbf⋅ft) of torque, emergency exit system featuring pyrotechnic blown-out doors, fire extinguisher system with spray jets located in the engine compartment, underbody and in the wheel arches; smoke extractor in passenger compartment, run flat tires, bullet proof windows, the full protection plus package and LED flashers in the exterior mirrors. Buyers are also offered facility to dispatch two drivers on a special training course.[18]

The A8L W12 was featured as the protagonist's car in the Transporter film series.[19]

S8 5.2 FSI quattro[edit]

The S8 high-performance sports variant, now called the "Audi S8 5.2 FSI quattro", was announced in the last quarter of 2005 and full production started in June 2006 and ended in September 2009.[20]

The S8 includes subtle detailing to distinguish it from its related A8. The trapezoidal "single-frame" grille bears the characteristic Audi "S model" vertical strut detail which are highlighted in a chrome finish. "S8" badging is displayed front and rear, whilst "V10" badges are displayed on each front wing above the side-repeater indicators. The rear boot-lid incorporates a subtle rear spoiler, and the rear is finished with four chromed oval exhaust tailpipes. Adaptive Xenon-plus high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps include static turning lights, along with "swiveling" dynamic cornering lights. Daytime running lamps are five light-emitting diodes (LEDs) incorporated into a cloverleaf designed reflector, incorporated into the main headlamp housing.

Pre-facelift Audi S8

The D3 series S8 features a 5.2-litre all-aluminium alloy four-valves per cylinder V10 petrol engine. This engine, a first for Audi, is often incorrectly referred to as a derivative of the Lamborghini Gallardo's original 5.0-litre Lamborghini V10.[21] The 5.2L V10 in the S8 is based on Audi's 4.2L V8 FSI. Lamborghini would later ditch their 5.0L engine and source the 5.2L engine from Audi for their second generation Gallardo.[22]

Facelift Audi S8

Facelift interior

A sports-optimised ZF 6HP26-A61 six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with "Dynamic Shift Programme" (DSP) and "sport" mode, with steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters, is the only offering. Output is transmitted via Audi's quattro generation IV all-wheel drive system, initially using the Torsen T-1 50:50 dynamic centre differential, and from 2007 for the 2008 model year, utilising the Torsen T-3 asymmetric dynamic centre differential, with a "default" torque distribution of 40 percent to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear. If the road conditions change, the purely mechanical differential responds without any delay; it can divert up to 85 percent of power to the rear wheels, and as much as 65 percent to the front wheels.

The S8's top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Audi's factory performance claims indicate a 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) time of 5.1 seconds whilst consuming 98 RON unleaded petrol. The S8 has similar performance to Audi's own top-of-the-line A8 L W12, though the W12 is more expensive, has more torque, and built on a longer wheelbase.[23] Compared to the A8 L W12, the S8 has sportier mechanical features such as a firmer suspension, larger wheels, and ceramic brakes. The shorter wheelbase and 10-cylinder engine save weight for better handling, but at 5.4 seconds from 0–60 mph the S8 trails the W12.[24][25][26]

The S8, like its related A8, utilises a multi-link suspension layout front and rear, with pressurised air springs. However, for the S8, the effective spring and damper rates are noticeably firmer, along with re-engineered suspension mounts.

The brake system consists of radially ventilated discs all round. The discs are clamped with gloss-black painted dual-piston calipers up front, and a single-piston sliding caliper at the rear, coupled to an electro-mechanical parking brake. A Bosch ESP 5.7 (later upgraded to ESP 8.0) electronic stability control, with ABS, brake assist, EBD complete the brake system. Optional "Audi ceramic" carbon fibre-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) composite front and rear brakes are available, which use radially vented, and floating SGL Carbon discs, with anthracite grey painted twelve-piston fixed Brembo monobloc alloy calipers. Standard alloy wheels consist of 20-inch "S design" alloy wheels.

A8L Centennial Limited Edition (2009–)[edit]

The A8L Centennial Limited Edition (奧迪A8L百年限量版) is a limited (800 units total) version of the A8L 3.0 FSI with multitronic and the A8L 6.0 W12 quattro for the Chinese market, commemorating Audi's 100th anniversary. It includes a horizontal chrome-plated front grille (from the A8L 6.0 W12 quattro), "V6" metal logo at the upper left of the air-inlet grille (A8L 3.0 FSI), LED daytime running lights, heated leather steering wheel, 19-inch 12-spoke polished aluminium alloy wheels, heated steering wheel in grey leather with beige stitching, Bang & Olufsen advanced audio system, Alcantara equipment bag, Assam ash red veneer, floor mat with aluminium trim and a metal 'Audi exclusive' commemorative logo at inner door trims.

The vehicles went on sale on the 18 October 2009 as 2010 model year vehicles.[27][28][29]

Engine variants[edit]

Engine[30]Power, Torque at rpm 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top speed
displacement type
2.8 (2773 cc)V6FSI210 PS (154 kW; 207 bhp); 280 N⋅m (207 lbf⋅ft) at 3,0008.0 sec237 km/h (147.3 mph)
3.0 (2976 cc)V6220 PS (162 kW; 217 bhp); 300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft) at 3,2007.9 sec241 km/h (149.8 mph)
3.2 (3123 cc)V6 FSI256 PS (188 kW; 252 bhp); 330 N⋅m (243 lbf⋅ft) at 3,2507.7 sec250 km/h (155.3 mph)
3.7 (3697 cc)V8280 PS (206 kW; 276 bhp); 360 N⋅m (266 lbf⋅ft) at 3,7507.3 sec250 km/h (155.3 mph)
4.2 (4172 cc)V8334 PS (246 kW; 329 bhp); 430 N⋅m (317 lbf⋅ft) at 3,5006.4 sec250 km/h (155.3 mph)
4.2 (4172 cc)V8 FSI350 PS (257 kW; 345 bhp); 440 N⋅m (325 lbf⋅ft) at 3,5006.1 sec250 km/h (155.3 mph)
5.2 (5204 cc)V10 FSI450 PS (331 kW; 444 bhp); 540 N⋅m (398 lbf⋅ft) at 3,5005.1 sec250 km/h (155.3 mph)
6.0 (5998 cc)W12450 PS (331 kW; 444 bhp); 580 N⋅m (428 lbf⋅ft) at 4,7005.1 sec250 km/h (155.3 mph)
3.0 (2967 cc)V6 TDI233 PS (171 kW; 230 bhp); 450 N⋅m (332 lbf⋅ft) at 3,2507.8 sec243 km/h (151.0 mph)
3.0 (2967 cc)V6 TDI (Quattro)250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp); 550 N⋅m (406 lbf⋅ft) at 3,2507.9 sec249 km/h (154.7 mph)
4.0 (3937 cc)V8 TDI275 PS (202 kW; 271 bhp); 650 N⋅m (479 lbf⋅ft) at 1,8006.7 sec250 km/h (155.3 mph)
4.2 (4134 cc)V8 TDI326 PS (240 kW; 322 bhp); 650 N⋅m (479 lbf⋅ft) at 1,6005.9 sec250 km/h (155.3 mph)

In North America, only the 4.2 V8, 5.2 V10, and 6.0 W12 petrol engines are available. The 4.0 TDI was discontinued when the 4.2 TDI was introduced.

Third generation (D4, Typ 4H; 2009–2017)[edit]

The third generation of the Audi A8 was introduced in Miami on 30 November 2009. The chassis was built on the Volkswagen D4 platform.

Initial release[edit]

Motor vehicle

Third generation (D4/4H)
2012 Audi A8 (4H) 4.2 quattro sedan (2018-10-12) 01.jpg
Model years2010–2017
AssemblyGermany: Neckarsulm
Russia: Kaluga (Volkswagen Group Rus) (2013–2016)
DesignerChristian Winkelmann (2006)
PlatformVolkswagen MLB
RelatedAudi A6
Audi A7
Volkswagen Phideon

Inline-four petrol engine

V6 petrol engine

  • 2.5 V6 FSI (China)
  • 3.0 V6 TFSI
Wheelbase2,992 mm (117.8 in)
3,122 mm (122.9 in) (LWB)
Length5,131 mm (202.0 in)
5,267 mm (207.4 in) (LWB)
Width1,948 mm (76.7 in)
Height1,461 mm (57.5 in)
1,471 mm (57.9 in) (LWB)
Kerb weight1,977 kg (4,358.5 lb) A8L 3.0TL
2,000 kg (4,409.2 lb) A8 4.2L
2,020 kg (4,453.3 lb) A8 L 4.2L
2,165 kg (4,773.0 lb) A8 L 6.3L

Audi A8 (pre-facelift)

Interior (pre-facelift)

New features[edit]

Changes include:[32]

  • Full LED headlamps with Automatic high beam switching or Audi adaptive light (Xenon) with variable headlight range control.
  • Enhanced MMI Multi Media Interface with touchpad & handwriting recognition for the phone and navigation system, using NvidiaTegrasystem on a chip for very high processing speed.
  • Optional 1,400 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system.
  • Driver assistance systems networked using FlexRay technology.[33]
  • Hard disk drive GPS navigation with 3D computer graphics with Google Earth.[34]
  • Navigation system coordinates input to the adaptive headlights, transmission, adaptive cruise control and electronic stability control.[32]
  • InfraredNight Vision Assistant with pedestrian recognition.[32]
  • Broadband internet with UMTS 3G and WLAN-Hotspot.
  • First production Audi with a Collision avoidance system: Pre sense[32] (similar to Mercedes-BenzPre-Safe). The full version of the system (Pre Sense Plus) works in four phases. In the first phase, the system provides warning of an impending accident, while the hazard warning lights are activated, the side windows and sunroof are closed and the front seat belts are tensioned. In the second phase, the warning is followed by light braking, strong enough to win the driver's attention. The third phase initiates autonomous partial braking at a rate of 3 m/s² (9.8 ft/s²). The fourth phase decelerates the car at 5 m/s² (16.4 ft/s²) followed by automatic deceleration at full braking power, roughly half a second before projected impact. A second system, called (Pre Sense Rear), is designed to reduce the consequences of rear-end collisions. The sunroof and windows are closed and seat belts are prepared for impact. The optional memory seats are moved forward to protect the car's occupants. The system uses sensor fusion with twin radar and a mono camera,[35] and was introduced in 2010.

A8 (L) (2010–)[edit]

The third-generation Audi A8 (L) (Typ 4H) is based on the Volkswagen Group MLB platform, but retains the Audi Space Frame aluminium construction of the previous A8, making it the lightest all-wheel drive car in the full-size luxury segment, while also giving it best-in-class fuel economy.[36][37] The quattro all-wheel drive system splits torque with a default bias of 40 percent front and 60 percent rear.

The vehicle was unveiled at Design Miami 2009 on 30 November 2009,[38][39] followed by the 2010 North American International Auto Show.[40]

Early models include A8 4.2 FSI quattro (372PS), A8 3.0 TDI quattro (250PS), A8 4.2 TDI quattro (350PS).[41] A8 3.0 TDI (204PS) was added later.[42]

Initial internal combustion engine options comprise 4.2-litre Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) petrol and Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel V8s, with 273 kW (366 hp) and 258 kW (346 hp) respectively. A 3.0-litre V6 TDI with either 184 kW (247 hp) or 150 kW (201 hp) will be available later. A 6.3-litre W12 engine only for the long wheelbase model was made available in 2010, and compared to its predecessor it has a larger displacement and direct fuel injection.[43] All engines are mated to the new eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic transmission. Although other Audi vehicles such as the 2010 Audi S4 and 2011 Audi A7 had switched from the 4.2 L V8 to the 3.0 L supercharged V6, the Audi A8 retained a higher-output 4.2 L V8 as the base engine for the 2011 and 2012 model years in North America.

Taiwan models went on sale on the 11th November 2010. Early models include 3.0 TFSI quattro (290PS).[44]

A8 L (2010–2017)[edit]

The vehicle was unveiled at Auto China 2010,[45][46] followed by the 2011 Taipei Motor Show (A8 L W12 quattro).[47]

German models went on sale in the fall of 2010. Early models include a 3.0 TFSI quattro (290PS), a 4.2 FSI quattro (372PS), a W12 6.3 FSI quattro (500PS), a 3.0 TDI quattro (250PS) and a 4.2 TDI quattro (350PS).[48]

Taiwan models went on sale on the 11th November 2010. Early models include a 3.0 TFSI quattro (290PS) and a 4.2 FSI quattro (372PS).[44] The A8L W12 quattro was added in 2011.[49] The A8L 4.0 TFSI quattro was added in 2012.[50]

Chinese models went on sale in 2011. Early models include an A8L 3.0 TFSI low quattro (289PS), and an A8L 3.0 TFSI high quattro (333PS).[51]

A8 hybrid concept (2010)[edit]

The concept vehicle includes a 2.0 TFSI engine rated at 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) and 350 N⋅m (258.15 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 1,500–4,200 rpm, a disc-shaped electric motor rated 45 PS (33 kW; 44 hp) and 211 N⋅m (155.63 lbf⋅ft) of torque, lithium-ion battery, luggage space of 400 liters (14.13 cubic feet), 21-inch wheels with 265/35 tires, Prism Silver body colour with Spectra Flair accent colour, 'hybrid' lettering on both front fender and illuminated doorsteps with 'hybrid' insignia.[52][53]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show.[54]

A8 L long-term evolution broadband prototype (2011)[edit]

It is a version of the A8 L demonstrating 4Glong-term evolution (LTE) broadband technology. Developed in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent, the car's mobile broadband connection is a fourth generation (‘4G’) technology with data transfer speeds of up to 100Mbit/s.[55][56]

During the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, announced that LTE technology would be used in cars by early 2011. The A8 L prototype was unveiled weeks later.[57]

A8 L Security (2011–present)[edit]

2-inch displays, optional folding table, optional refrigerator optional parking heater, Bluetooth car phone online, integrated UMTS module, optional separate telephone handsets, 19-inch forged wheels featuring in semipolished two-tone finish, 255/720 tires with a high load index of 117, synthetic rings on the rims, optional full-size spare tire.[58]

The first model includes a W12 engine rated at 368 kW; 493 hp (500 PS) and 625 N⋅m (461 lbf⋅ft) of torque. Deliveries began in late summer 2011. An additional engine model with improved fuel efficiency went on sale in 2012.[59][60][61]

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.[62]

Deliveries began in late summer 2011.[63]

A8 hybrid (2012–present)[edit]

2011 Audi A8 Hybrid

Audi A8 L (Europe; pre-facelift)

Audi S8 (facelift)

Audi S8 (facelift)

The production version includes an electric motor rated at 40 kW; 53 hp (54 PS) and 210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft) of torque, 1.25 kWh lithium-ion battery, 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels in turbine blades design (optional 19-inch), hybrid badges, metallic paint finish (optional Arctic Silver body colour), three-zone automatic air conditioning, LED headlights, and a BOSE sound system. Pure electric mode is available for either a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) or for up to 3 km (2 mi) at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). It went on sale in 2012.[64][65][66]

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[67][68]

A8 L W12 Audi exclusive concept[edit]

It is a limited (50 units) version of the A8 L W12 with seats upholstered in Cognac-colored leather by Poltrona Frau, inlays made from the wood olive ash natural, light gray-brown veneer, sill trims with "Audi exclusive concept" lettering, deep-pile carpeting.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[69]

A8 L hybrid[edit]

The long wheelbase version of the A8 hybrid was unveiled in 2010 at the Beijing Auto Show.[70]

S8 4.0 TFSI quattro (2012–2015)[edit]

The D4 series Audi S8 4.0 TFSI quattro went on sale in 2012. The D4 S8 was based on the A8 platform, considered in America to be the "short wheel base" comparative to the A8L. Like the previous iteration, the D4 S8 costs less than the A8 L W12.[72]

The S8 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 4.2 seconds. It is powered by a 4.0-litreTFSIbiturbo V8 engine with 382 kW (512 hp). The engine utilises cylinder deactivation so it can run as a V4 for better fuel economy. The S8's engine is shared with the Bentley Continental GT, while a detuned variant of the engine makes 420 hp which is found in the 2013 Audi S6, Audi S7, and Audi A8. Direct competitors include the BMW Alpina B7 and Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, which also have biturbo V8 engines.[73][74]

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto show, and went on sale in spring 2012.[75]

Taiwan models went on sale in 2013.[76]

The S8 was discontinued the United States of America, to be replaced by the S8 Plus for the latest iteration of this generation before the facelift in 2018. In other parts of the world customers had the choice between the two variants.

S8 Plus 4.0 TFSI Quattro (2016–2018)[edit]

Based on the same chassis and underpinnings as the D4 S8, the D4 S8 Plus became the sole option for ordering the S8-variant of the Audi A8 line in the US, in the 2016 and 2017 model years. The S8 Plus was dialed up to 605 hp (451 kW) out of the same powerplant as the previous S8, by remapping the turbo boost and fuel delivery of the engine. Additionally, the Carbon Ceramic braking system is standard on the S8 Plus in some markets. The vast majority of options on the S8 Plus were identical to the previous S8; however, had darkened tail lights standard, and the option for adding carbon fiber styling elements such as the mirror caps, rear lip spoiler, rear diffuser, and front lip. Different markets had different standard packages combining elements of the external carbon package, the dynamic package and the interior design package. A high-optioned build of the S8 Plus would outprice the nominally higher-end A8 L W12 whose production ceased after the 2018 model year.[77] Unlike the regular S8 which was built by Audi on the regular assembly line alongside other A8 variants, the S8 Plus was built by Audi Sport (formerly Quattro GmbH) and has a VIN number that starts with WUA to identify it.[78]


ModelYearsTypePower at rpmTorque at rpmAcceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph)(sec)max speed
A8 (L) 2.0 TFSI hybrid2012–20181,984 cc (121.1 cu in) I4 turbo211 PS (155 kW; 208 bhp) at TBC350 N⋅m (258.15 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500–4,2007.7235 km/h (146.0 mph)
electric motor, 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery54 PS (40 kW; 53 bhp) at TBC210 N⋅m (154.89 lbf⋅ft) at TBC
combined245 PS (180 kW; 242 bhp) at TBC480 N⋅m (354.03 lbf⋅ft) at TBC
A8 (L) 3.0 TFSI quattro (290PS)2010–20122,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged290 PS (213 kW; 286 bhp) at 4,850–6,500420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft) at 2,500–4,8506.1 / 6.2250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8 (L) 3.0 TFSI quattro (333PS)2012–2018333 PS (245 kW; 328 bhp) at 5,500–6,500440 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft) at 2,900–5,3005.5
A8 (L) 4.0 TFSI quattro2012–20133,991 cc (243.5 cu in) V8 twin turbo420 PS (309 kW; 414 bhp) at 5000600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 1,5004.5 / 4,6
A8 (L) 4.0 TFSI quattro[79]2013–20183,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo435 PS (320 kW; 429 bhp) at 5,000600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–4,5004.5 / 4.6
A8 (L) 4.2 FSI quattro2010–20124,163 cc (254.0 cu in) V8372 PS (274 kW; 367 bhp) at 6,800445 N⋅m (328 lb⋅ft) at 3,5005.7
A8 L 6.3 W12 quattro2010–20186,299 cc (384.4 cu in) W12500 PS (368 kW; 493 bhp) at 6,200625 N⋅m (461 lb⋅ft) at 3,250 (2010–2011)
625 N⋅m (461 lb⋅ft) at 4,750 (2012– )
4.9 (2010)
4.7 (2011 – )
A8 L 6.3 W12 quattro (North America)2010–2018500 PS (368 kW; 493 bhp) at 6,200628 N⋅m (463 lb⋅ft) at 4,750 (2012–)4.4 (2012 –)
A8 L 6.3 Security W12 quattro2011–2018500 PS (368 kW; 493 bhp)625 N⋅m (461 lb⋅ft) at 4,7507.3210 km/h (130.5 mph)
S8 4.0 TFSI quattro2012–20183,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo520 PS (382 kW; 513 bhp) at 6,000650 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft) at 1,700–5,5004.2250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
S8 Plus 4.0 TFSI quattro2016–2018605 PS (445 kW; 597 bhp) at 6,100-6,800700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–6,0003.8305 km/h (189.5 mph) (limited)
ModelYearsTypePower at rpmTorque at rpmAcceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph)(sec)max speed
A8 3.0 TDI (204PS)2011–20182,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo204 PS (150 kW; 201 bhp) at 3,750–4,500400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1,250–3,5008.0235 km/h (146.0 mph)
A8 (L) 3.0 TDI quattro (250PS)2010–20182,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp) at 4,000–4,500550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft) at 1500–30006.1/6.2250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8 (L) 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (250PS)2010–20192,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp) at 4,000–4,500550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–3,0006.1/6.2250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8 (L) 4.2 TDI quattro2010–20184,134 cc (252.3 cu in) V8 turbo350 PS (257 kW; 345 bhp) at 4,000800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–2,7505.5/5.6250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)


As part of the Audi A8 launch in Taiwan, Audi built an Audi pavilion in Xin-Yi district, with Tom Dixon invited for the launch event. Yu-Cheng Chou and Chun-Ten Lin's art works were displayed with A8.[80]

The Audi A8 3.0 TFSI quattro (290PS) was used in Transporter: The Series.[81]

Audi S8 was used in Avengers: Age of Ultron.[82]

Audi A8 was used in Spider-Man: Homecoming.[83]

2013 model year update[edit]

Early German A8 models include 3.0 TFSI quattro (290PS), 4.0 TFSI quattro (420PS), 3.0 TDI (204PS), 3.0 TDI quattro (250PS), 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (250PS), 4.2 TDI quattro (350PS), A8 L W12 quattro (500PS), A8 hybrid 2.0 TFSI. Early German A8 L Security models include 4.0 TFSI quattro, W12 6.3 FSI quattro.[84]

The updated A8 uses LED headlight technology, with automatic high beam lighting, Osram supplies the LEDs while Hella supplies the headlamp itself.[85]

Early US models include the A8(L) 3.0 TFSI quattro (333PS), the A8(L) 4.0 TFSI quattro, the S8 4.0 TFSI quattro and the A8 L W12 6.3 FSI quattro. The A8 3.0 TFSI quattro and A8 4.0 TFSI quattro replaced the A8 4.2 FSI quattro.[86] The A8 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (240PS) was unveiled at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, and was set to go on sale in Spring 2013 as a 2014 model year vehicle.[87] The A8 L 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (240PS) was set to go on sale in Spring 2013 on sale as a 2014 model year vehicle.[88]

Chinese models include the A8L 30 FSI (204PS), the A8L 40 hybrid, the A8L 45 TFSI quattro (290PS), the A8L 55 TFSI quattro (333PS), the A8L W12 FSI quattro and the S8 4.0 TFSI quattro.[89][90][91]


ModelYearsTypePower at rpmTorque at rpmAcceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph)(sec)max speed
A8 2.0 TFSI hybrid2012–1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) I4 turbo211 PS (155 kW; 208 bhp) at 4,300–6,000350 N⋅m (258.15 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500–4,2007.7235 km/h (146.0 mph)
electric motor, 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery54 PS (40 kW; 53 bhp) at TBC210 N⋅m (154.89 lbf⋅ft) at TBC
combined245 PS (180 kW; 242 bhp) at TBC480 N⋅m (354.03 lbf⋅ft) at TBC
A8 L 2.0 TFSI hybrid2013–1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) I4 turbo211 PS (155 kW; 208 bhp) at 4,300–6000350 N⋅m (258.15 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500–4,2007.9228 km/h (141.7 mph)
electric motor, 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery54 PS (40 kW; 53 bhp) at TBC210 N⋅m (154.89 lbf⋅ft) at TBC
combined245 PS (180 kW; 242 bhp) at TBC480 N⋅m (354.03 lbf⋅ft) at TBC
A8L 30 FSI (front wheel drive) (China)2012–20172,498 cc (152.4 cu in) V6204 PS (150 kW; 201 bhp) at 5,800250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 3,000–4,7509.6237 km/h (147.3 mph)
A8 (L) 3.0 TFSI quattro (290PS)2012–2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged290 PS (213 kW; 286 bhp) at 4,850–6,500420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft) at 2,500–4,8506.1/6.2250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8 (L) 3.0 TFSI quattro (333PS)2012–2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged333 PS (245 kW; 328 bhp) at 5,500–6,500440 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft) at 2,900–5,3005.5/5.5250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8 (L) 3.0 TFSI quattro (333PS) (North America)2012–2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged333 PS (245 kW; 328 bhp) at 5,500–6,500440 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft) at 2,900–5,3005.5/5.5210 km/h (130.5 mph) (limited)
A8 (L) 4.0 TFSI quattro[79]2012–3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo (VW EA 824)[92]420 PS (309 kW; 414 bhp) at 5,000600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–4,5004.6/4.7250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8 (L) 4.0 TFSI quattro (North America)2012–3,991 cc (243.5 cu in) V8 twin turbo (VW EA 824)420 PS (309 kW; 414 bhp) at 5,000602 N⋅m (444 lb⋅ft) at 1,5004.7/4.8210 km/h (130.5 mph) (limited)
A8L 50 TFSI quattro (333PS) (China)2012–2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged333 PS (245 kW; 328 bhp) at 5,500–6,500440 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft) at 2,900–5,3006.0250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8L 55 TFSI quattro (420PS) (China)2012–3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo420 PS (309 kW; 414 bhp) at 5,000–6,000600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–4,5004.7250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8 L W12 6.3 FSI quattro2012–6,299 cc (384.4 cu in) W12 (VW/Audi Group CEJA)500 PS (368 kW; 493 bhp) at 6,200625 N⋅m (461 lb⋅ft) at 4,7504.7250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8 L W12 6.3 FSI quattro (North America)2012–6,299 cc (384.4 cu in) W12 (VW/Audi Group CEJA)500 PS (368 kW; 493 bhp) at 6,200628 N⋅m (463 lb⋅ft) at 4,7504.4210 km/h (130.5 mph) (limited)
A8 L Security 4.0 TFSI quattro2012–3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo[citation needed]TBCTBCTBCTBC
A8 L Security W12 6.3 FSI quattro2012–6,299 cc (384.4 cu in) W12500 PS (368 kW; 493 bhp)[citation needed]625 N⋅m (461 lb⋅ft) at 4,750[citation needed]7.3210 km/h (130.5 mph)
S8 4.0 TFSI quattro2012–3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo (VW EA 824)520 PS (382 kW; 513 bhp) at 6,000650 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft) at 1,700–5,5004.2250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
S8 4.0 TFSI quattro (North America)2012–3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo (VW EA 824)520 PS (382 kW; 513 bhp) at 6,000650 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft) at 1,700–5,5004.1250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
ModelYearsTypePower at rpmTorque at rpmAcceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph)(sec)max speed
A8 3.0 TDI (204PS)2012–2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo204 PS (150 kW; 201 bhp) at 3,750–4,500400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1,250–3,5007.9235 km/h (146.0 mph)
A8 (L) 3.0 TDI quattro (250PS)2012–2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp) at 4,000–4,500550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–3,0006.1/6.2250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8 (L) 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (240PS) (North America)2013–2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo[citation needed]240 PS (177 kW; 237 bhp) at TBC550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–3,000[citation needed]6.4/6.4[citation needed]250 km/h (155.3 mph)[citation needed]
A8 (L) 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (250PS)2012–2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp) at 4,000–4,500550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–3,0006.1/6.2250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)
A8 (L) 4.2 TDI quattro2012–4,134 cc (252.3 cu in) V8 turbo350 PS (257 kW; 345 bhp) at 4,000800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–2,7505.5/5.6250 km/h (155.3 mph) (limited)

The A8 L 2.0 TFSI hybrid is sold as an A8L 40 hybrid in China.

The A8 L 3.0 TFSI quattro (290PS) is sold as an A8L 45 TFSI quattro in China.


All models include an eight-speed tiptronic transmission.


2013–2014 Audi A8 and S8 vehicles equipped with a standard sunroof, manufactured between March 12, 2013 and July 15, 2013 were recalled due to possible shattering of sunroof glass panel.[93]


As part of the 2013 S8 4.0 TFSI quattro launch in the US, a TV commercial called 'Suspect' was produced in association with Venables Bell & Partners, USA, Furlined, The Whitehouse, 740 Sound Design & Mix, Lime Studios;[94] starring Abigail Spencer.[95] The ad takes cues from quintessential heist films with the S8 taking center stage against a mysterious and suspenseful bank robbery scene. The spot closes with the tagline "Heighten Every Moment." The commercial was premiered during the 2012 NFL season kick-off game on 5 September 2012. The "Suspect" commercial featuring the Audi S8 also aired on CBS and NBC, and select cable networks, including: Food, FX, National Geographic, ESPN, USA, CNN, and AMC. A 30-second version would also be viewable on CNN.com, Reuters.com, Wired.com, Yahoo! and more.[96][97]

2014 model year facelift[edit]

MY14 facelift Audi A8 (Europe)

MY14 Audi A8 L (US)


A8, S8, A8 Audi exclusive concept, A8 hybrid (2013–)[edit]

Changes include:[98]

  • Multi Media Interface with faster Tegra 3-Processor and Long Term Evolution broadband Internet.
  • First worldwide series production car with digitally controlled, full-LED glare-free adaptive highbeam: Matrix LED.[99] The high-beam comprises 25 individual light-emitting diodes per unit that can be switched on and off or dimmed individually depending on the situation. This enables the headlight system to react extremely precisely to other vehicles while always brightly illuminating the road. Additional features of the new headlights are the intelligent cornering light, new-look daytime running lights and dynamic turn signals. The lighting system in the A8 uses predictive route data from the navigation system to adjust the distribution of light in response to the current driving situation. In combination with the optional Navigation plus with MMI touch, the system recognizes route data contained in the navigation system, such as curves and road classifications.
  • Cornering light: Using predictive route data supplied by the MMI navigation plus, the focus of the Matrix LED beam is shifted towards the bend even before the driver turns the steering wheel.[100]
  • Night Vision Assistant can now recognize larger animals in addition to pedestrians. Pedestrian Marker Lights work together with the optional night vision assistant. As soon as a pedestrian is detected in a critical range in front of the vehicle, individual LEDs flash briefly three times in succession to alert that person, who is then clearly visible to the driver[100]
  • Head-up display
  • Standard electromechanical power steering (optional dynamic steering varies its ratio with the car's speed)
  • Active lane assist, which makes slight steering adjustments when necessary
  • Park assist system with 360° display,
  • Side assistblind spot monitor coupled with expanded version of the standard pre sense basic safety system
  • Active noise cancellation (ANC) for A8 L W12 quattro, cylinder on demand with six-cylinder mode.
  • Additional noise damping
  • Other changes: altered trunk layout with optional power trunk closing assist, flatter rear LED lights joined together by a continuous chrome strip, redesigned bumper houses two rhomboid tailpipes (except S8), available wheel sizes up to 21 inches with 275/35-series tires, optional sport differential (standard on S8 and A8 4.2 TDI clean diesel quattro)

The A8 Audi Exclusive Concept is a limited (50 units) version of the A8 L W12 quattro with interior leather upholstery from Italian furniture manufacturer Poltrona Frau in the color Agatha cognac, inlays are made of fine grain olive ash natural silver brown, Tierra Del Fuego body colour. Production was set to begin at the quattro GmbH facility in Neckarsulm starting in March 2014.[101]

The Audi S8 includes a four-cylinder mode with ANC, two elliptical dual tailpipes, dynamic steering, sport differential, adaptive air suspension sport with an S-specific setup, 20-inch wheels, S8 emblems on front brake calipers, optional Audi design selection black/Vermont brown with Carbon twill copper inlays.

The Audi A8 hybrid includes a custom Audi luggage set for the trunk.

The vehicles were unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, followed by the 2014 Detroit Auto Show[102] and the 2014 Toronto Auto Show.[103]

German models arrived at German Audi dealerships in November 2013. Early A8 models include 3.0 TFSI quattro (310PS), 4.0 TFSI quattro (435PS), 3.0 TDI quattro clean diesel (258PS), 4.2 TDI clean diesel quattro (385PS), A8 L W12 quattro (500PS), A8 hybrid 2.0 TFSI (211/245PS), S8 4.0 TFSI quattro (520PS).[104][105]

US models went on sale as 2015 model year vehicles. Early models included A8 3.0 (L) TFSI quattro (310PS), A8 (L) 4.0 TFSI quattro (435PS), A8 L 3.0 TDI quattro clean diesel (258PS), A8 L W12 quattro (500PS), S8 4.0 TFSI quattro (520PS).[106]

Engines are the same in Canada as the US but PS ratings are higher due to less emission control devices needed.

A8 L Security (2014–)[edit]

Available in V8 4.0 TFSI or W12 FSI engines, the A8 L Security is an armoured version of the A8 L with VR9 ballistic protection standard in accordance with the BRV 2009 guideline, with VR10 in certain areas, and explosives resistance tested in accordance with the ERV 2010 guideline (Explosion Resistant Vehicles). The occupant cell is made of heat-formed armor steel, aramid fabric, ceramic, a special aluminum alloy, and multi-laminated glass, with protective materials overlap at transitions. The aluminum side sills incorporate ballistic-proof profiles. The armor-plated vehicle floor made from a special aluminum alloy for explosive weapons resistance. Door windows, windshield and rear window incorporate special glass with a splinter-inhibiting polycarbonate layer on the inside, with doorstop function and optional electromechanical side windows. Other optional security equipment include emergency exit system with pyrotechnic fracture bolts in the hinges detach the door from the body, fire extinguisher system with two tanks and nozzles spray to wheel arches, onto the underbody and tank, and into the engine compartment; emergency fresh-air system with two pressurized cartridges housed in the protected zone, security start with remote radio signal engine start, selective unlocking of doors, a smoke extractor for the interior, an LED signal system for convoy driving, pennant holder, flashing lights, a siren, a preparation for or installation of analog and digital radio networks for security authorities and organizations, a built-in phone, an accident data recorder, an additional rear camera, a heated windshield including partly heated side windows. Other features included LED (V8 4.0 TFSI) or Matrix LED (W12 FSI) headlights, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, armor-plated (ceramic doors, aluminum frame) communications box in the trunk with a supplementary battery, optional battery and fuel tank protection, intercom system with a loudspeaker in the Singleframe grille and microphones for the interior and the vehicle's surroundings, two electrically adjustable individual seats in the rear, front comfort seats with optional with massage and ventilation functions (optional front-passenger relaxation seat with electric-control footrest, ventilation and massage function), optional continuous center console with large storage compartments is also available, rear seat entertainment with two 10.2-inch displays, optional folding table, a cool box and auxiliary heating; new Unicum leather interior upholstery, forged 19-inch wheels, 255/70 tires with high load index 117, polymer rings on the rims, direct-measurement tire pressure monitoring system, optional spare wheel, 4-zone automatic air conditioning with an ionizer, electric rear blinds, Bose surround sound system, a TV tuner, parking system plus with surround view camera.

Deliveries began in the third quarter of 2014.[107][108]

S8 plus (2015–)[edit]

Based on the short wheel base S8, the S8 plus includes increased engine power to 605 PS (445 kW; 597 bhp) and 700 N⋅m (516.3 lb⋅ft) of torque, with overboost to 750 N⋅m (553.2 lb⋅ft) of torque, as well as unique 21-inch wheels with 275/35R21 tires in Germany.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.[109]

German model went on sale in end of November 2015 for a base price of 145,200 euros.[110]

US model went on sale in December 2015 as 2016 model year vehicle for US$114,900.[111]


ModelYearsTypePower, torque at rpm
A8 (L) 2.0 TFSI hybrid2013–1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) I4 turbo211 PS (155 kW; 208 bhp) at 4,300–6,000, 350 N⋅m (258.15 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500–4,200
electric motor, 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery54 PS (40 kW; 53 bhp) at TBC, 210 N⋅m (154.89 lbf⋅ft) at TBC
combined245 PS (180 kW; 242 bhp) at TBC, 480 N⋅m (354.03 lbf⋅ft) at TBC
A8 (L) 3.0 TFSI quattro (310PS)2013–2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged310 PS (228 kW; 306 bhp) at 5,200–6,500, 440 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft) at 2,900–4,750
A8 (L) 4.0 TFSI quattro2013–3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo (VW EA 825)[92]435 PS (320 kW; 429 bhp) at 5,100–6,000, 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–5,000
A8 L W12 6.3 FSI quattro2013–6,299 cc (384.4 cu in) W12500 PS (368 kW; 493 bhp) at 6,200, 625 N⋅m (461 lb⋅ft) at 4,750
A8 L Security 4.0 TFSI quattro2014–3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo (VW EA 825)435 PS (320 kW; 429 bhp) at 5,100–6,000, 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–5,000
A8 L Security W12 6.3 FSI quattro2014–6,299 cc (384.4 cu in) W12500 PS (368 kW; 493 bhp) at 6,200, 625 N⋅m (461 lb⋅ft) at 4,750
S8 4.0 TFSI quattro2015–3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo (VW EA 825)520 PS (382 kW; 513 bhp) at 5,800, 650 N⋅m (479.42 lb⋅ft) at 1,700–5,500
S8 plus 4.0 TFSI quattro2015–3,992 cc (243.6 cu in) V8 twin turbo (VW EA 825)605 PS (445 kW; 597 bhp) at 6,100-6,800, 700 N⋅m (516.3 lb⋅ft) at 1,700–6,000
Overboost: 750 N⋅m (553.2 lb⋅ft)
ModelYearsTypePower, torque at rpm
A8 (L) 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (258PS)2013–2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo258 PS (190 kW; 254 bhp) at 4,000–4250, 580 N⋅m (428 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500
A8 (L) 4.2 TDI clean diesel quattro (385PS)2013–4,134 cc (252.3 cu in) V8 turbo385 PS (283 kW; 380 bhp) at 3,750, 850 N⋅m (627 lb⋅ft) at 2,000–2,750



All models include an eight-speed tiptronic transmission.


The A8's aluminum chassis was built at Neckarsulm plant.[114]


As an April Fools' Day joke on 1 April 2015, Audi Japan announced a special edition A8 5.5 with a rice cooker on the rear center console. The 5.5 designation is a play on the Japanese words "go" (five) and "han" (half); when combined, they become "gohan" (悟飯), which is the Japanese word for "rice".[115]

Audi S8 was used in The Transporter Refueled.[116]

Audi S8 was used in Avengers: Age of Ultron.[82]

Audi A8 was used in Spider-Man: Homecoming.[117]

A blockbuster style commercial film Suspect was published for the Audi S8 in 2012, which features an unnamed male model as driver.[118]

Fourth generation (D5 Typ 4N; 2017–present)[edit]

Motor vehicle

A8 (2017–present) and A8 L (2018–present)[edit]

The design of the A8 and A8 L was based on the Audi Prologue concept. The new generation, code-named D5, was unveiled at the Audi Summit in Barcelona on 11 July 2017 and presented at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.[119] The standard wheelbase A8 went on sale in November 2017, and the long wheelbase A8 L was launched in 2018.

S8 (2020–present)[edit]

The higher performance version, S8, was introduced in the late 2019 for 2020 model year. Unlike the previous generation S8s which were only built upon the short-wheelbase A8 variant, the D5 generation will be available in both short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase, with North America having only the long-wheelbase S8 (i.e. S8 L). The S8 has higher output of petrol V8 as fitted to A8 and A8L 60 TFSI quattro.

Autonomous Driving[edit]

Traffic Jam Pilot is the new feature, consisting of Level 3 autonomous driving, that allows the car to travel in the heavy traffic on the highway up to 60 km/h without any assistance from the driver. Due to the complicated legal regulations, Audi cancelled the launch of this feature for the United States market in 2019.[120]


As part of the deal between Marvel Studios and Audi, the fourth generation of A8 first premiered in the "Driver's Test" commercial that premiered on June 19, 2017, as a tie-in to Spider-Man: Homecoming movie.[121][122] In the commercial, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) takes the car, a prototype belonging to Tony Stark, for a test-drive alongside his driving instructor played by J. B. Smoove. The car also had a small product placement appearance in the actual movie itself.[123]

Engines and Transmission[edit]

At the launch, A8 had two engine options: one 3-litre petrol V6 (55 TFSI quattro) and 3-litre diesel V6 (50 TDI quattro). For 2019, the engine range was expanded to include the petrol and diesel V8 engines (60 TFSI quattro in 2020 and 60 TDI quattro in 2019, respectively). The plug-in hybrid version (PHEV) with 3-litre petrol V6 and electric motor (60 TFSI e quattro) was launched in 2019.[124] No hybrid system is fitted to the diesel engines. The petrol V8 engine fitted to 60 TFSI quattro and S8 TFSI quattro have 48-volt MHEV system that use the electric motor as starter and for power assistance.[125] No W12 engine has been announced yet as of January 2021.

All A8, A8 L, and S8 feature quattro all-wheel-drive system and 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

ModelYearsConfigurationDisplacementPowerTorque0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)Top SpeedFuel Consumption/Efficiency
(EU-Norm combined)
Petrol Engines
55 TFSI 09/2017–05/2018 V6 biturbo (VW EA839 CZSE) 2,995 cc 250 kW (340 PS; 335 bhp) at 5,000–6,400 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) at 1,370–4,500 5.6–5.7 seconds 250 km/h (155 mph) 7.5–7.8 L/100 km (31–30 mpg‑US)
08/2019–present V6 biturbo (VW EA839) + 48-volt MHEV system 9.4–10.2 L/100 km (25–23 mpg‑US)
60 TFSI 02/2020–present V8 biturbo (VW EA825) + 48-volt MHEV system 3,996 cc 338 kW (460 PS; 453 bhp) at 5,500 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 1,850–4,500 4.4 seconds 11.1 L/100 km (21.2 mpg‑US)
S8 TFSI 11/2019–present 420 kW (571 PS; 563 bhp) at 6,000 800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft) at 2,000–4,500 3.8 seconds 11.3 L/100 km (20.8 mpg‑US)
Diesel Engines
50 TDI 09/2017–08/2018 V6 biturbo (VW EA897evo2 DDVC) 2,967 cc 210 kW (286 PS; 282 bhp) at 3,750–4,000 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 1,250–3,250 5.9 seconds 250 km/h (155 mph) 5.6–5.8 L/100 km (42–41 mpg‑US)
09/2018–present V6 biturbo (VW EA897evo2) 210 kW (286 PS; 282 bhp) at 3,500–4,000 5.6–5.9 L/100 km (42–40 mpg‑US)
60 TDI 12/2019–present V8 biturbo (VW EA898) 3,956 cc 320 kW (435 PS; 429 bhp) at 3,750–4,750 900 N⋅m (664 lb⋅ft) at 1,250–3,250 4.4 seconds 7.2 L/100 km (33 mpg‑US)
Plug-In Hybrid Petrol Engines
60 TFSI e 10/2019–present V6 biturbo (VW EA839) + Electric Motor 2,995 cc 250 kW (340 PS; 335 bhp) at 4,200 (Engine) / 100 kW (140 PS; 130 bhp) (Electric) 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) at 1,600–1,800 (Engine) / 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) (Electric) 4.9 seconds 250 km/h (155 mph) 2.5–2.7 L/100 km (94–87 mpg‑US)
Audi A8L 60 TFSIe Quattro




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Audi A8 Expert Review

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New for 2018

A new Executive package for the 2018 Audi A8 adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a full suite of driver assistance tech, ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a four-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters. Higher trims add rear seat lumbar, ventilation, and massage as part of the Executive package. The Black Optics package can now be had with 20- or 21-inch alloy wheels. The A8 gets redesigned for the 2019 model year.

Vehicle Summary

The 2018 Audi A8 is the brand's flagship sedan, slotting above the midsize A6 sedan and A7 four-door hatchback.


The 2018 Audi A8 offers V-6 and V-8 engines including a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 with 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque in the A8 L 3.0T and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 450 hp and 444 lb-ft in the A8 L 4.0T. Go for the S8 Plus and the 4.0T engine gets upgraded to 605 hp and 517 lb-ft. Both engines are paired exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA ratings stand at 19/29 mpg city/highway for the A8 L 3.0T, 18/29 mpg for the A8 L 4.0T, and 15/24 mpg for the S8 Plus. Trunk space is 14.2 cubic feet for all variants.

Standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights, four-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a Bose premium audio system, Audi's MMI system with navigation and a 7.0-inch screen, keyless entry/start, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, Audi Drive Select, and heated front seats. Options include alloy wheels up to 21 inches in diameter, a head-up display, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated and massaging front seats, night vision assistant, heated/ventilated/massaging rear seats, a 360-degree camera system, a Bang & Olufsen audio system and power adjustable rear seats. The S8 Plus can be had with carbon ceramic brakes, an increased top speed of 190 mph, and a sports exhaust system.


The IIHS and NHTSA haven't crash tested the 2018 Audi A8. Optional active safety tech includes active lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and high beam assist.

What We Think

In a 2013 First Test, we said that the A8 feels lighter than it is when equipped with the base 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and is more tossable than its size would suggest while still providing a comfortable ride even on less-than-perfect surfaces. With the optional 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, the A8 is even quicker, offering acceleration rivaling some sports cars.

Should you need more speed, the S8 Plus allows you to fly under the radar. In a 2017 First Drive, we said that the S8 Plus offers insane amounts of power and can easily get to Autobahn speeds with ease. Despite its prodigious power, the S8 Plus retains comfortable and stealthy thanks to its restrained exterior design.

Cool Fact

The Audi S8 Plus shares its twin-turbo V-8 with the RS 7 Performance model.

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