The Audi A8 is a four-door, full-size luxury sedan manufactured and marketed by the German automaker Audi since 1994. The Audi A8, which replaced the Audi V8, is now in its fourth generation and is available with front-wheel drive or permanent all-wheel drive, as well as short- and long-wheelbase variants. The first two generations were built on the VW Group D platform, while the current generation is built on the MLB platform. Audi introduced the second generation in late 2002, the third in late 2009, and the fourth and current iteration in 2017. This co-developed construction process was used in all A8 models, making it the first mass-market automobile with an aluminium chassis.
The Audi A8 standard wheelbase and the Audi A8 L extended or long-wheelbase versions are both available for this luxury sedan. The A8 L increases rear legroom by 5 inches (127 mm). The Audi A8 is intended to compete with Mercedes-S Benz’s Class and BMW’s 7 Series.
Engine, Power and Transmission
The 2022 Audi A8 is available with two engine options. The base model is powered by a 3.0-litre turbo petrol V6 engine. The V6 engine generates 250kw and 500Nm of torque. The second engine is a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 engine found in the 60TFSI. This V8 engine produces 338kw and 660 NM of torque. The A8 is also available in a plugin hybrid version. A 14.4 kW battery works in tandem with the V6 petrol engine, which produces 340kw and 700Nm of torque.
Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard.
Audi A8 interior
The Audi A8 is well-known for its spacious passenger capacity, and its long wheelbase ensures that rear-seat passengers are comfortable. There is a four-passenger seating package available that removes the rear centre seat and adds two power-adjustable back seats with heating, ventilation, and massage, as well as a heated foot-massage function and two individual entertainment tablets (while reducing power adjustments for the front passenger seat to make room for all that). Stretched leather and a small forest’s worth of wood inlays are among the high-quality materials available.
Infotainment and connectivity
The 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, as well as the 10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower haptic centre screens with MMI Touch Response technology, are standard in the 2022 Audi A8. The audio system has only one volume knob because most functions are controlled by touchscreens. The system is responsive and adaptable, allowing owners to customize their own specialized buttons on the bottom screen while providing permanent navigation, weather, phone operations, and radio buttons on the left side of the upper screen. Keep in mind that attempting to remove fingerprints will wear out the provided microfiber wipe. In addition, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for infotainment are standard, as is Amazon’s Alexa.
Safety and driver assistance features
The Audi A8, like other luxury sedans, is well-equipped with driver assistance technologies. Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control are all standard features.
Audi A8 Price
The 2022 Audi A8 price starts at $86,500, which is about average for a super premium vehicle. The BMW 7 Series starts around the same price as the A8, but the Mercedes-Benz S-Class costs thousands more.
The A8 plug-in hybrid starts at $95,900, while the V8-powered middle model starts at $98,900. The high-performance Audi S8 is priced at $130,900.