Refreshed models offer a bit more bang, but at what cost?
Audi's flagship A8 and S8 sedans have been refreshed for 2015, with pricing just announced for the upcoming new models. Available in seven engine/wheelbase formations, the A8 starts off with a 333 horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 in long ($82,325) and standard ($78,325) wheelbases. Opt for the 435hp twin-turbo V8 and prices rise to $87,325 (short) and $91,325 (long), while the S8, available only on the short wheelbase, offers a 520hp twin-turbo V8 for $115,825.
Two more long wheelbase models are the TDI diesel ($86,025) and the 500-hp W12 ($138,825). With an average $2500 price-hike over 2014 models, what does Audi offer in return? The mid-cycle facelift offers a new front fascia, standard LED headlights and new grille, with further differentiation for the S8 in addition to an optional quad sport exhaust. All models receive electromechanical steering, a secondary collision assist system, head-up display and active lane assist as standard. They are also available with night vision systems while the car's cabin also offers additional luxury features and options. The 2015 A8/S8 are due in showrooms in late June.