New engine and clever lighting options for facelifted Audi A8, shown today in Frankfurt
10 September 2013

The facelifted Audi A8 has been revealed, with more powerful engines and new LED headlight technology among the changes.

The revised A8, offered in two wheelbase lengths and with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, has made its debut at the Frankfurt motor show today ahead of its UK launch next January.

The optional new LED technology is called MatrixBeam. It features 25 individual LEDs that can be switched on or off or dimmed individually, depending on the road conditions. The lights also adapt around corners, feature indicators with sequential lighting and, when linked with an optional navigation and MMI infotainment system, use the sat-nav to adapt to corners, hills and road classifications.

Other exterior changes include new designs for the front and rear bumpers, bonnet, front grille and LED rear lights. A new boot layout is also offered to improve loading, and added insulation in the dampers reduces interior noise levels. New trims, colours and connectivity and technology options feature inside.

The petrol engine line-up includes a 306bhp 3.0-litre V6, 429bhp 4.0-litre V8, 493bhp 6.3-litre W12 and 513bhp 4.0-litre V8 (for the S8). The diesels are a 254bhp 3.0-litre TDI and a 380bhp 4.2-litre TDI. A hybrid version mixes a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine with an electric motor for combined figures of 242bhp, 44.8mpg and 147g/km.

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21 August 2013

I like Audi, but he A4/A6/A8 all look like the same car. That's good for the A4 but not good for the A8. It needs to be more dramatic. The Series 6 Gran Coupé is eating the Series 7's lunch for that very reason. It is more dramatic. To counter that, BMW need a 4 door Gran Lusso replacement for the Series 7 IMHO. Audi need to do the same with the A8.

21 August 2013

Jinx59 wrote:

I like Audi, but he A4/A6/A8 all look like the same car. That's good for the A4 but not good for the A8. It needs to be more dramatic. The Series 6 Gran Coupé is eating the Series 7's lunch for that very reason. It is more dramatic. To counter that, BMW need a 4 door Gran Lusso replacement for the Series 7 IMHO. Audi need to do the same with the A8.

Totally agree. Both the 7-series and A8 just look too damned dull and in the A8's case, too similar to the smaller and cheaper in-house models.

There's very little reason for anyone to consider buying a 7 or an A8 over the 5 or the A6, when the latter are only a little smaller, but pretty much offer everything as their larger brothers for less money.

One way to attract buyers to the larger and more expensive models is by giving them more appealing and distinctive styling, which is clearly not the case curently.

21 August 2013

Is it just me or does it look cross-eyed from the front with those new head-lights? The rest looks pretty neat. I still much prefer the new S-class though... somehow it's in a different class.

21 August 2013

Funny that I like that the A8 is a larger version and hence anonymous / under the radar.  A good second hane purchase after someone else has suffered £20k loss in year 1!

21 August 2013

I drivean Audi A4, from the rear 3/4 it looks pretty much exactly like the revised  A8 ... if i am going to spend nearky 4 times  or more to buy an A8..i really want it to look a little more special than my A4. It doesnt have to llok brash or shout look at me, but atleast have abig feel good wow factor.

21 August 2013

Tesla brings us Model S. Mercedes hybridises S-Class. Even Range Rover musters a hybrid that slips this 4WD behemoth well under 200g/km.

And what does Audi bring us? More power and new lighting!

22 August 2013

All of Audi's current saloons are attractive looking, if a bit staid in the typical German mould, but while it's one thing have a family look, it's quite another for every model to share virtually every styling cue, albeit in different sizes and degrees. They all have the full length crease from nose to tail, they all have the pronounced crease at the base of the doors, they all have high-mounted rear lights of similar design (with the number plate in a similar position to the lights) and they all have a similar front light design.

At least, for example, Mercs look different but still have a family look and are recognisable as a Merc. Perhaps there is some logic in Audi naming their models after photocopying paper sizes (albeit in a reverse order).

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