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Road 2014 Audi A8 S8

Audi’s A8 has been the smart, quiet kid at the of the luxury executive car class. But OK, because subtlety has always one of its biggest selling points – is, in other words, the luxury car for who don’t want others to they drive a luxury But the A8’s other major USP has been technology – and in an attempt to one step ahead of rivals the new Mercedes S-Class, Audi’s the A8 a mid-life facelift and poured on layer of technical wizardry.

driven it to find out whether been successful.


has revised and refreshed four of the engines in the range line-up. The 3.0-litre TFSI V6 petrol gets a 20PS boost to while the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol gets 15PS giving it 435PS. Meanwhile, the two in the range also get power the 3.0-litre TDI sees a modest 8PS to 258PS, while the 4.2-litre TDI a more meaty jump of to 385PS.

The latter engine gets a whopping 850Nm – 50Nm more than

The other three engines the same, so the range is still with two halo models: the naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre W12 petrol 500PS, and the storming S8, which an uprated, 520PS version of the TFSI twin-turbo petrol V8. still available is the A8 hybrid, with a 2.0-litre TFSI and an electric motor to give a output of 245PS.

All of the A8’s now meet the new Euro 6 emissions and the most economical 3.0-litre TDI is of 5.9l/100km and CO2 emissions of just

As before, Audi’s petrol-powered V8s cylinder-on-demand technology, which off four cylinders under low this technology is now featured on the W12 too. The W12, along the 4.0-litre TFSI and hybrid also feature the clever Noise Cancellation system, transmits anti-phase frequencies the stereo system to cancel out noise, and an effective job it does too


Audi’s dropped the two-wheel-drive version of the A8, meaning all in the range now offer four-wheel-drive of description. In the hybrid model, the engine powers the front while the electric motor on the rears – so when the latter’s not the car’s a front-driver only. The of the range, though, uses more conventional Quattro system, with a 40:60 split via a self-locking centre

The 4.2TDI and S8 models also get sport differential system, uses two superposition gears to the distribution of the power between the

All A8 and S8 models are equipped with the 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox – is essentially Audi’s name for the ZF 8HP That’s no bad thing, as the ZF gearbox is a thing, widely admired the industry and used on the vast of torque converter autos on today.

Suspension Chassis

All A8 come with Audi’s air suspension, with a firmer fitted as standard to the 4.2 TDI and S8 models, and as an option on every other All models also get the drive system, which controls not just for the suspension, but also for the power steering, the engine unit, the air conditioning, and even the safety system – which can an imminent collision and take a of measures, including tightening up and closing any open windows, to the car’s occupants.

There are options available: automatic, is pretty self explanatory, and the body 20mm when the car over 120km/h for more 30 seconds; comfort, which a softer, smoother setup; which stiffens the suspension, up steering and gearshifts, and lowers the by 10mm (and then a 10mm once you go over efficiency, which enables the to change up early and reduces consumption as far as possible; and individual, allows the driver to tailor setting to his or her own particular preferences. The exception is the A8 Hybrid, which the efficiency setting, presumably it’s rigged to run in full mode by default.


As we at the start, the A8’s biggest USP has been its subtlety – and so the case with the new model.

The most changes are, in fact, the LED on models which are so equipped; the sections give the front end a arachnoid look, which be up your street, or not. than that, the A8’s is broadly similar to the outgoing – sure, there have a few subtle tweaks around the including updated bumpers and and a splash more chrome the hind quarters, but for the most it’s business as usual.

As you’d expect from an A8, the is mostly constructed from (the exception being steel sections around the and underpinned by the Audi Space which is designed to reduce while adding stiffness.

It’s often said an Audi’s interior is its strongest and that’s certainly true of the A8. Our cars were all fitted a number of interior options, as extended or full leather and seat packages, but even these boxes ticked, the are first-rate. What’s more, quality is top notch.

Prod parts of the dash and door and you’ll find everything solid and well-secured, while points like indicator buttons and rotary controllers all slick and well-damped.

For the facelifted Audi’s expanded the range of trims and colour schemes There are now eight different – five of which are new – as well as brand new colour schemes out of a of 10. The A8 is also available with ‘design selections’ – that is to complete suites of leather inlays and accents designed to each other – two of which are

The most successful addition to the has to be the new selection of satin-finish open-grain inlays, which lend the a truly contemporary feel – we’d avoid the pearl option, which is a little too hi-fi cabinet’ for our taste.

also added a new type of to the options list. Called it’s tanned using natural herb and plant and isn’t sealed, which says makes it feel more luxuriant. With a coating, however, it’s as to clean as normal leather.

And of there are a host of other available to make the interior of the A8 even more opulent, as you expect from a car at this end of the including seats that can cool and massage you, climate control, a panoramic sunroof, an air freshening ioniser, and a rear-seat-mounted cool box and mini-bar, to just a few.

Driving Experience

Out on the road, the new A8 is a competent luxury car, that comes with a big A range of wheel choices is on every model, and while the sizes might look we’d strongly recommend their cosmetic appeal for the ride quality of the smaller 18” or 19” The latter, we’d say, the best compromise of looks and any larger, and the slimmer sidewalls to transmit crashy vibrations to the interior that the air suspension isn’t fast enough to with.

In fact, the A8 as a whole is one of cars that seems to more sense the lower the range you get. The entry-level TDI model is expected to be the best-seller, and you can see Drive it, and you find yourself why you’d pick anything

The engine might only had an 8PS boost, but it’s now capable of 60mph in 5.9 seconds, and providing a useful slug of mid-range that’s more than for any overtaking manoeuvres you might to execute. Our test car was fitted the afore-mentioned 19” wheels, which the ride was smooth enough; a few do still make it through, to be but now they’re minor enough not to you. What’s more, the reasonable asking price euros – a 350 euro drop the outgoing model and over euros less than the Mercedes S-Class) means plenty of change left to spec some of the more interior packages, enabling you to the A8 to fit your every want and

Further up the range, the 3.0-litre offers similarly adequate though it doesn’t quite the low-down shove of its diesel and nor can it match its fuel efficiency, the larger 4.0-litre TFSI and TDI both offer enormous the latter with a combined figure of 7.4l/100km. The range-topping A8 L W12 is a lovely thing, too, an unctuous 6.3-litre powerplant with technology to make it astonishingly smooth – though this loses out in terms of low-down urge to the big diesel, and its price tag is hefty. All models crisply, with excellent control and well-sorted chassis; meanwhile, is precise and well-weighted, if lacking in feedback, and consequently from the new electro-hydraulically-assisted setup.

If you’re looking for a more driving experience, though, recommend the S8 over and above any of the A8 models. With a sticker of 114,700 euros, it doesn’t cheap, but if you’d prefer luxury car to have a bit of spice to it, the pick of the range. We hopped in driven other larger-wheeled expecting the ride to be even jarring, but surprisingly the S8’s feels better-resolved, perhaps it’s been optimised for the 20” setup.

It’s firm, enough, but the bumps are damped convincingly. What’s more, control is astonishingly good for a car of weight.

The centrepiece, though, is the – a version of the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that kicks out 520PS, the S8 a scorching 0-100km/h time of 4.2 Around town, it fills the with a delicious burble, enough to be civilised, but never entirely – not that you’d it to. But switch the drive select to and open the taps, spurring the into dropping a cog or two, and all changes to a raucous, gnarly interspersed with glorious, up-changes, as the S8 hooks up and hammers the road. See that town half a kilometre off on the horizon?

Not any – you’re in it now. Better hit the – six-pot calipers over discs up front and 365mm at the – which are, thankfully, though you’re always of the triumvirate of speed, power and they’re acting against.

The S8 have its faults. The steering from the same numbness as the of the range, and as impressive as the chassis is, it can fully disguise the size and of the car. If you’re looking for the word in dynamic perfection, come to the wrong place. But the S8 can be enormous fun.

From the way it its tail out playfully if you stomp on the out of a junction or on a roundabout, to the enormous, combination of grunt and noise the engine delivers, it feels for all the like a big, brawny car, albeit one with the bonus of four-wheel-drive traction. a point-and-squirt car, this, you can point-and-squirt while you’re around the bend; dial in a of opposite lock to deal the cheeky lick of oversteer, and keep your toe in and demolish the straight. Despite its shortcomings, an enormously entertaining thing, and the base 3.0 TDI, it’s the complete and best-resolved model in the A8

What to spec?

As you might from its rather reasonable plenty of the A8’s snazzier of tech come as an optional so might have to end up being if you don’t want to send order cost spiralling. more, we haven’t managed to get our on options prices yet, so in mind that these are made with the proviso they might not be worth they cost.

Full Pack – this option brings an air of complete luxury to the interior. Tie it in with one of the open-grain ash and you’ll want for little in terms of tactility and opulence.

LED headlights – the biggest talking of the new A8 at the launch, which rather how subtle the rest of the facelift has Nevertheless, the Matrix headlights are clever bits of kit, can identify up to eight oncoming and dim individual sections of the LED headlamps to ‘pockets’ of dipped-beam illumination leaving the rest of the road illuminated. You also get direction that ‘flow’ out to the side of the car in, which don’t really much functional purpose but do rather cool!

19” Alloy – as discussed above, these to give the optimum combination of quality and appearance. There are different styles to choose and we reckon the 15-spoke version’s the elegant in the flesh. Don’t be to opt for a larger size unless prepared to live with a ride that objects to and ruts in the road.

Adaptive control – Extremely useful for motorway cruising, which is the A8 will be seen most

What about the competition?

The fly in the A8’s ointment will be the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Bristling innovative technological features, it has the A8 not just on equipment but also in of ride quality and pampering Audi seems to have this, however, as it’s the new A8 competitively, which makes up for a of its shortcomings.

What’s more, to eyes, it’s more than the bulging Merc. But if prepared to live with its – and of course, pay the premium – the Mercedes is the newer car.

Other rivals include BMW’s 7 It’s starting to look a long in the tooth now, gone on sale in 2008 – a before the outgoing A8 – and a firm makes it a less appealing than the Audi. The Jaguar XJ, feels just as special as the inside if not more so, while a more engaging driving

It, too, has been around a few now, though, and has always to shift uncertainty about its rear-end styling.


selection of mid-life tweaks has the A8 competitive, making it a fresher, appealing proposition than of its rivals. It’s best in its simplest form, though, as the 3.0 TDI offers ample performance and fuel economy, while wheels smooth out a ride isn’t entirely perfect. said, if you’ve the wallet for it, the S8 is a proposition; surprisingly comfortable when given its head, engaging, even if it is a bit of a blunt

Ultimately, the Mercedes S-Class is the car, but thanks to competitive some excellent options, and looks, the A8 holds its own as a creditable

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