What Is It?
2015 Audi A8
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Audi A8/S8 flagship sedan is a mildly redesigned model with carryover engines. Changes include new headlights and taillights, new front-end designs, a new selection of 20-inch wheels and five new exterior colors.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2015 Audi A8 and the sportier S8 will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the summer of 2014.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but we expect the 2015 A8/S8 will be priced similarly to the current sedans, which range from $75,995 for the base 2014 Audi A8 to $113,395 for the 2014 Audi S8.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 Audi A8 is available in standard and long-wheelbase models.
There are seven trim levels: A8 3.0T, L 3.0T, L 3.0 TDI, 4.0T, L 4.0T, L W12 and S8.
The base trim level does not include some of the fancier options, including 22-way-adjustable front and rear seats with five different massage functions. The TDI model features a turbodiesel engine, while the A8L W12 model is equipped with a 500-horsepower V12 engine that now gets cylinder deactivation to help boost fuel economy. The S8 sits at the top of the range, with the most powerful engine available in the A8 lineup.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 3.0-liter V6, 333 hp, 325 pound-feet of torque
· 4.0-liter V8, 435 hp, 442 lb-ft
· 3.0-liter TDI V6 240 hp, 406 lb-ft
· 4.0-liter V8, 520 hp, 481 lb-ft
· 6.3-liter W12, 500 hp, 463 lb-ft
· An eight-speed Tiptronic transmission is standard in the 2015 A8.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Audi Park Assist will help steer the car into a parking space. It will be available later in the model year.
The S8 gets new interior designs, including one that pairs Vermont brown leather with Carbon twill copper inlays.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Standard safety equipment in the A8 includes 10 airbags, including knee airbags, along with antilock brakes and electronic stability control.
New driver assistance systems for the 2015 A8 include a Secondary Collision Assist that automatically applies the brakes following a collision to help avoid possible secondary crashes.
The Night Vision Assistant feature now offers animal detection. This setup is able to highlight larger animals such as deer and help provide a warning to the driver if the animal is in danger of entering the vehicle's path.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
BMW 7 Series: The 7 Series is a mighty competitor with an impressive blend of comfort, luxury and driver involvement. But the cabin may lack the panache of some of its rivals.
Hyundai Equus: With a base price of $61,920, the Equus is the value leader in this segment, with a long list of standard features. But don't expect as much as the A8 in terms of safety technology and personality.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Some may argue that the S-Class is the best automobile in the world. At any rate, it continues to be a step above more traditional competitors like the A8 in its design, quality and technology. Besides, how can you beat a luxury sedan that features an interior fragrance dispenser?
Should You Wait for It?
If you're looking for a luxury sedan with all the latest features, gadgets and legendary German engineering, the 2015 Audi A8 is worth waiting for. But if you're under pressure to make a decision quickly, the current crop of luxury sedans includes some choices that would be excellent.