Audi A8

Audi A8

  The Audi A8 is a four door luxury limousine from the German automaker that competes with the BMW 7 Series sedan. The A8 entered production in 1994 and the third generation was just unveiled as a 2011 model. Powered by everything from a 2.8 Liter V6 in the base model all the way up to the top of the line 6.0 Liter W12. The first generation S8 was featured in the 1998 film Ronin, powered by a 4.2 Liter V8 making 335 HP. Meanwhile the second generation S8 had a 5.2 Liter FSI V10 under the hood that produced 444 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque and could rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds, more then enough to trounce its 12 cylinder luxury limousine rivals despite being electronically limited to a 155 MPH top speed.

The A8 has been the flagship model of the entire Audi range since its arrival back in 1994. Now in its third generation, the A8 continues to carry the “Four Rings” flag to greater and greater heights. Word has it that the A8 is getting a new engine that will make good use of the company’s new 3.0-liter, V-6, e-tron drivetrain.

Auto Express is reporting that the A8 will be the first recipient of a new e-tron hybrid system combined with a 3.0-liter, V-6, diesel mill. This system is similar to the one Audi dropped into the A3 e-tron Sportback , albeit with a more powerful V-6 to complement the electric motor.

Audi technical boss Dr Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed to Auto Express that this new setup will be used on the automaker’s larger models with the A8 getting first dibs on it.

It’s another huge step in the company’s quest to produce more sustainable vehicles in the future. Having an electric motor to complement the V-6 should make the A8 more fuel efficient without compromising its already stout performance numbers.

The new A8 e-tron is expected to carry 368 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque with an all-electric range of 30 miles. The range is similar to other luxury hybrid models on the market, including the Panamera S-E Hybrid and its 22-mile, EV-only range.

Expect the A8 to be the first model to receive the 3.0-liter e-tron powertrain with the A6 and the Q7 and others following suit at a later date.

It’s an exciting time for Audi as it ventures into new territory with its bigger models. If the A8 e-tron succeeds, look for the company to set its sights on expanding the engine’s reach into other models sooner than later.

Note: Standard Audi A8 pictured here.

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Source: AutoExpress
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Did the 2015 A8 just eat something sour, or is the A8 pouting while the Panamera soaks up all the praise within the hyper-competitive VW Group? Whatever the reason, all is not well with the new Audi flagship’s facial expression.

The 2015 Audi A8 made its public debut at Frankfurt Auto Show this week, where the new A8 range benefits from a facelift, and detail tech refinements for safety and efficiency.

The latest A8 range is larger than ever, with a much broader range of models coming to American Audi dealers in spring 2014. The U.S.-market A8 range will add a Hybrid front-wheel-drive option for the 2015 model year, as well as the current V-6, V-8 and W-12 engine choices.

Audi ’s potent 3.0-liter TDI also joined the A8 line for the 2014 model year, and is available now. The engines for 2015 all feature mild output and performance tweaks, which are aimed at improved acceleration stats as well as fuel economy.

The bulk of the A8 volume in America is expected to still be the firm’s advanced 3.0-liter and 4.0-liter gasoline V-8 engines, each paired with quattro AWD as standard equipment. Short and long wheelbase choices are available, with prices that are expected to range from $76,000 to $88,000, before options.

The A8’s facelift brings an even more serious and technical appearance to the nose, with scowling LED running lights that look meaner than a junkyard dog. Part of the advanced debut of the A8 is to allow time for NHTSA approval of the all-new Matrix LED forward lighting system. Bundled with the A8’s new active safety technology, the LED style statement can actually be a key selling point for some buyers.

This facelift for the A8 leaves a number of issues from the previous model unresolved, which is not great, considering the strength of the latest Jaguar XJ and the brand-new S-Class .

Updated 06/04/2014: Audi today announced prices for the newly redesigned 2015 A8 model line which will arrive at dealerships this month. Prices will range from $77,400 for the base version to $137,900 for the A8 L W12 version.

Click past the jump for a detailed review of the 2015 Audi A8, with all the latest specs and stats from Audi on the performance and equipment these models will offer executive limo buyers.

While some may argue that the Audi S8 is maybe too formal by design, no one can deny its status as a luxurious and powerful sedan. And although it is fighting a tough market, the 520 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque that lie under the hood make a very compelling case.

To some more demanding owners and potential customers that’s not enough power. But with no versions above the S8, they either have to choose a different body and go with the RS7 — rated at 560 horsepower — or take it to ABT Sportsline , the No. 1 specialist when it comes to Audi -badged vehicles, for a little extra something.

Based on the facelifted S8, the company’s latest product comes to fill the gap with a sedan that has all the luxurious standard features fitted from the factory and a hefty power increase on top. With more than 600 horsepower and tap, the S8 by ABT Sportsline has its very own combination of exterior paint and wheels, but, as with most of the tuner’s products, customers are allowed to add numerous extras before taking delivery.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi S8 by ABT Sportsline.

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Yesterday, Mercedes launched the S600 , which is the most flagship model in its S-Class lineup. Now, Audi has some news on its own flagship sedan, as it is set to reveal the 2014 A8 L Security. One of the most exclusive model in Audi’s lineup, the new A8 L Security is certified by the German Ballistics Testing Center in Munich, and offers bullet protection according to the VR 7 ballistic standard.

In order to deliver this amount of protection, the new A8 L Security is built from aluminum according to the Audi Space Frame (ASF) principle, and the occupant is built uwith heat-formed armor steel, aramide fabric, ceramic, a special aluminum alloy and multi-laminated glass.

Also, for the car’s windows, windshield and rear window, Audi used a special kind of glass with a splinter-inhibiting polycarbonate layer on the inside. The new A8 L Security was also equipped with an intercom system that allows to communicate with the outside world with the windows shut.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi A8 L Security.

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Don’t let the name fool you, this is not a real A8 concept car, but a limited-edition model that the German automaker developed in cooperation with Italian designer-furniture maker Poltrona Frau. Once Audi releases the new A8 Exclusive Concept in March 2014, it will be limited to only 50 units. .

This limited edition is based on the A8 L W12 model and as you probably guessed, it features an exclusive interior. Audi decided to use a special Agatha cognac-colored aniline leather from Poltrona Frau. Another cool feature is the diamond quilting on the center section of the seats and the inlays made of fine-grain olive ash natural silver brown.

Those two elegant features are combined with granite-gray stitching, piping and central pleat on the seats. this granite grey also gets use on the steering wheel, the door top shoulders and the upper section of the instrument panel.

The model also received a white Alcantara headliner and cognac brown Alcantara on the rear package shelf.

Updated 11/18/2013: Audi finally unveiled the official images of the new Audi A8 Exclusive. Check the picture gallery to see them all!

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The current Audi S8 is no doubt a great car, but German tuner MTM decided the luxury sports sedan can do much more than it does from the factory. In its base setup, the S8 is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 520 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.

MTM went ahead and tweaked the output to a mighty 650 horsepower at 5,950 rpm and 590 pound-feet of torque delivered between 1,700 rpm and 5,500 rpm. With the extra power, the MTM S8 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds and up to a top speed of 181 mph.

The engine is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, and a new brake system with 405-by-38 mm (15.9-by-1.5-inch) brake discs on the front axle help drag the beast to a halt.

The MTM S8 featured here is priced at €155,000 — about $200,000 at the current exchange rates — but you can buy the performnace components a la carte.

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Deep in the press preview of next month’s public reveal of the 2015 Audi A8 facelift, a nugget of very newsworthy information is buried: the 2015 A8 will be offered as a four-cylinder, front-drive hybrid for the first time.

Ditching the quattro all-wheel-drive that is otherwise an A8 standard feature, the A8 Hybrid model is important for a number of reasons. First off, it is a full hybrid with a Li-ion battery pack in the trunk allowing brief EV-only driving.

Secondly, it uses a small and powerful gasoline engine as the primary drivetrain, eschewing the intellectual preference for diesel-electric hybrids from the European luxury brands. This gasoline setup means its performance and economy will be highly tailored to the American and Chinese markets, with arrival in U.S. dealers with the rest of the remodeled A8 gang next spring.

The major reason this car is important is of course its primary USP: fuel economy. With a quoted 37 mpg on the U.S. cycle, the A8 Hybrid will comfortably be able to add 10 mpg to the fuel economy of the second-most-efficient (U.S.) engine: the supercharged quattro V-6 A8 3.0 TFSI.

All the A8’s rich and formal styling, LED lighting and interior tech upgrades promise a new A8 experience, but with a relaxed drive more along the lines of the Lexus ES350h than any previous exec hybrid from Germany. Previous eco-themed limousine models from BMW and Mercedes for the American market, like the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid , were both total sales failures with almost no economy incentive for buyers.

Click past the jump for the full preview of the 2015 A8 Hybrid, with all the latest details from Audi about its power outputs, EV range and in-car WLAN hotspot technology.

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Audi revealed the 2015 A8 L W12 facelift yesterday, and mild is the right description. This mid-cycle refresh brings improved performance, fuel mileage and technology, but little styling change outside. New adaptive Matrix LED headlights and a broader panel of LED brake lights appear out back, while scrolling sequential LED turn signals add some R8 flair to this long-wheelbase executive flagship.

This A8 L W12 quattro barely needs any extra charm school, but its nose now features a metallic mesh grille for the center shield as well as the lower air intake ducts. It is a nice touch that is subtle enough to make the W-12 unique versus its lesser siblings: the A8 TFSI, TDI or Hybrid models.

This debut for the 2015 Audi A8 is in advance of its public display next month at the Frankfurt auto show , where the A8 will be part of an extravaganza of new models from the German auto giants.

In the ultra-limo category of this 12-cylinder model, the A8 is actually far more understated and anonymous than piloting a Bentley Flying Spur or Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive , the new long-wheelbase version aimed at Chinese businessmen. It takes a closer look or a truly eagle-eyed car guy to know that this monster luxury limo is not another everyday Audi A4 .

Audi ’s subtle facelift leaves much to be desired in the face of a brand new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class . How will the new Audi fare when it arrives stateside next spring?

Click past the jump for the full preview of the 2015 Audi A8 L W-12 quattro, with all the latest updates to its exterior LED style and interior technology.

As BMW and Mercedes keep changing their lineups in the hopes of dragging in new customers from one another, Audi Audi is remaining fairly quite. In the last few years, it has chosen to simply upgrade its lineup instead of completely changing things, and rightfully so, as the German luxury car builder has grown leaps and bounds in recent years.

Its latest tweak comes by way of the revised S8 that is set to hit showrooms in the 2015 model year.

The S8 is and always has been the precise definition of a sleeper car, as its relatively unimposing look, rounded body and large exterior give it the look of a cushy luxury sedan. However, that throaty, turbocharged V-8 under its hood has a completely different agenda than its luxurious exterior and interior.

The S8 is one of those rare breeds that allow you to talk million-dollar business deals one second and smoke a Porsche 911 to 60 mph the next. There’s really nothing else like it this side of the $150k mark. Sure, you can make claims that the Jag XJ Supersport — if you still want one after Dick Van Dykes went all "Fisker Fisker Karma" on him — or the S63 AMG are worthy competitors, but we doubt either exudes the class of the S8 as it pins your head against the headrest.

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At the end of July, Audi dropped the first teaser video for a new model that will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Today, Audi unveiled a new teaser video that comes with the promise that the first details on the new model will be unveiled on August 21, 2013.

In both teaser videos, Audi said nothing about what model is hiding under the covers. The only thing that Audi let us know is that these are two "new" models. Despite the relative lack of information, we are pretty certain that this is the revised A8 .

What make us assume that this is the A8? Well, the model hiding under the silk cloth seems to be a sedan and the only sedan that Audi has tested in the past few months is, of course, the updated A8.

But we will see if we were right in just a few days. Stay tuned!


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