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.
The Audi A8 is a full-size premium luxury sedan loaded to the brim with the company's latest technological advances. More than just a showcase for Audi design and engineering, the A8 serves two masters: The driver and the chauffeured. Every bit the equal of such makes as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS, the A8 appeals to those who have the cash, but might prefer not to flaunt it quite so much. The A8's subtle styling is alluring without being flashy, a traditional design that stands the test of time long after other cars have become dated. Offered in regular or extended wheelbase versions, and with a choice of a new V8 or the proven W12 engine, the A8 is all about style, sophistication and success.