2022 Audi A8 lineup slims down, gets a little fancier

Audi determined to rationalize its 2022 A8 lineup, handing S8 patrons an enormous low cost over 2021 within the course of. As an alternative of final 12 months’s 4 trims and 4 engine specs, the brand new vary contains merely two of every. The A8 60 sequence is gone, taking its six-cylinder PHEV powertrain and its lesser-powered V8 with it. There’s the carryover, entry-level A8 L 55 with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder making 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It prices $85,500 earlier than the $1,095 vacation spot, for $86,595 complete, simply $50 greater than final 12 months. Then there’s the carryover S8 with its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 belting out 563 hp and 590 lb-ft. Audi dropped the worth to $117,995 after vacation spot, a $14,250 drop from 2021.

The US launch means we’re getting the refreshed design launched in Europe three months in the past. The A8 receives a redesigned entrance finish characterised by extra exact matrix LED headlights, a wider, reshaped grille that ditches the horizontal slats in favor of a repeating, angular sample and a sportier-looking bumper. In our market, the A8 will come commonplace with Audi’s S Line exterior bundle, making the grille black and affixing a muscular physique equipment. Out again, the OLED taillights linked by an LED mild strip acquire a operate that modifications their signature relying on the driving mode chosen, amongst different parameters, and the rear diffuser insert will get redesigned horizontal bars. The S8 will get most of that, differentiated by an excellent wider grille in entrance and its giant 4 exhaust pipes. Black Optic and Black Optic Plus packages can put much more of the darkish stuff outdoors. For these not so into black, 4 new colours are Firmament Blue, Manhattan Grey, Metallic District Inexperienced and Extremely Blue. For these not so into metallics and ultras, there are 5 new matte finishes in Daytona Grey, District Inexperienced, Floret Silver, Glacier White and Terra Grey.

The A8 rides on five-spoke 19-inchers on all-season tires out of the manufacturing facility, 20- and 21-inch rims will be specced. The S8 begins with five-double-spoke 20-inchers on summer season tires, with 21-inch items obtainable.

Many of the modifications made to the carryover inside are tech- or comfort-related. The Audi E-Tron GT contributes its Dynamica microfiber to the headliner, door, and inside trim assuming the proper choices are chosen. There are therapeutic massage seats with lumbar help, and on the S8, a $5,900 rear consolation bundle reduces cabin capability to 4, because of a full-length heart console extending to the aft quarters, containing fold out wing tables and a digital distant to manage lighting and seating preferences.

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