For 2013, the Audi expands the A8 lineup to four trims: a 3.0T V6, 4.0T V8, S8 and W12. The twin-turbocharged V8 is more powerful than the outgoing 4.2-liter V8 it replaces, and the 3.0T creates a new lower price point for the A8 without sacrificing power or standard-equipment levels. New features include a hands-free trunk release and top and corner-view cameras.
For the 2012 model year, the Audi A8 is available with a selection of new interior packages as well as Audi connect with Google Earth-view maps. The high-performance 2013 S8 variant differs itself from the rest of the A8 sedans by offering sporty interior touches and a new twin-turbo V8 engine, which replaces the V10 that was offered in the previous S8.
The exterior styling of the 2011 Audi A8 sedan is all-new, yet largely follows the traditional and elegant theme established for the A8, with enhanced LED lighting up front. As with the R8 sports car, aluminum Audi Space Frame construction has helped hone the chassis and reduces that chassis weight by a claimed 40 percent over a comparable steel structure. Inside, the MMI control interface has been revised, incorporating an innovative touchpad for driver input.
For 2010, Audi pairs back some of the A8's features, tossing the 6.0-liter W12 engine in favor of a 4.2-liter V8 for all trims and discontinuing the performance oriented S8. Normal wheelbase models gain an S8-inspired trunk lid spoiler and 19-inch wheels, while ventilated massage front seats are made standard on long wheelbase models.
Despite the fact that BMW and Mercedes-Benz have enjoyed a considerable head start in the field of large luxury sedans, the Audi A8 has proven it's a fast learner. When it comes to feature content, performance and prestige, the A8 holds its own against long-refined rivals like the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS. The 2014 Audi A8 receives a number of enhancements to keep pace with its posh competition, including a new diesel-powered TDI model that returns best-in-class fuel economy. Buyers may also choose between a standard wheelbase and long-wheelbase "L" versions, with the latter boasting an additional five inches of legroom. As for blending the highest levels of luxury and performance, you'd be hard pressed to do better than the 520-horsepower Audi S8.