The new generation model of Audi’s flagship sedan, the Audi A8, is ready to hit the UK market with a host of technological advances and engine upgrades. In brief, the 2014 A8 for UK is more powerful, more fuel efficient, features new MatrixBeam LED headlights and uses cylinder on demand technology more often.
The prices of the new gen A8 start from £58,800 and Audi has already begun taking orders for the same. The car will arrive this month and deliveries would begin shortly after it.
Talking about the changes now, the exterior of the car features subtle improvements with slight resculpting of the bonnet, the grille, the bumper and the lower edge of the headlight units. Walking towards the rear the design of the LED tail lights have been revised as well as the bumper. The top of the range Audi S8 model now features two rhomboid tail pipes at the rear, along with new high gloss black window surrounds, new chrome elements and five new exterior colors.
Also new for 2014 is MatrixBeam Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology which uses 25 individual LEDs per unit that can be dimmed individually as per the situation. It works in conjunction with the on-board camera and if vehicles are detected in the front, the LED technology shuts off individual diodes. The system also uses data from the navigation system and works according on turns and other sections of the road. Besides this, the new Audi A8 also features intelligent cornering lights, new-look daytime running lights and dynamic indicator lights.
To power the engine there are a range of 7 petrol and TDI diesel engines all of which comply with EU6 emissions regulations. Talking about the complete range in general, the 3.0 TFSI petrol engine now puts out 310PS from the earlier 290PS, the V8 twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI is boosted from 420PS to 435PS, the 3.0 TDI moves from 250PS to 258PS, the 4.2 TDI churns out 385PS – a 35PS gain.
The range topping A8, the A8 L W12 is powered by the 6.3 litre engine putting out 500 PS and boasts class-leading fuel consumption figure of 24.1 mpg. CO2 emission figure stands at 270 grams per kilometer, thanks to the newly adopted cylinder-on-demand technology. The Audi S8 is powered by a 4.0 TFSI 520PS engine that propels the car from 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds, yet offers 29.4 mpg and an emission figure of 225 grams CO2 per kilometer.
Features wise the new A8 is well equipped too. All the SE models now come with a new 18-inch alloy wheel design, electromechanical power steering and all-LED headlights with high-beam assist function. The top of the line Sport Executive models get new MatrixBeam LED headlights and Mobile Phone Preparation – High with Audi connect. There are also many other features that have been upgraded.
2014 Audi A8 Price
|2.0 TFSI LWB||Hybrid||245||£66,865|
|3.0 TDI quattro||SE||258||£58,800|
|3.0 TDI quattro||SE Executive||258||£61,405|
|3.0 TDI quattro||Sport Executive||258||£65,005|
|3.0 TDI quattro LWB||SE||258||£62,765|
|3.0 TDI quattro LWB||SE Executive||258||£65,370|
|3.0 TDI quattro LWB||Sport Executive||258||£68,970|
|3.0 TFSI quattro||SE Executive||310||£63,505|
|3.0 TFSI quattro||Sport Executive||310||£67,105|
|4.2 TDI quattro||SE Executive||385||£72,005|
|4.2 TDI quattro||Sport Executive||385||£75,605|
|4.2 TDI quattro LWB||SE Executive||385||£75,970|
|4.2 TDI quattro LWB||Sport Executive||385||£79,570|
|4.0 TFSI quattro LWB||SE Executive||435||£75,370|
|4.0 TFSI quattro LWB||Sport Executive||435||£78,970|
|6.3 W12 LWB||W12||500||TBC|
|4.0 TFSI quattro||S8||520||£79,900|