Refreshed models offer a bit more bang, but at what cost?
Audi’s flagship A8 and S8 sedans have been refreshed for2015, with pricing just announced for the upcoming new models. Available inseven engine/wheelbase formations, the A8 starts off with a 333 horsepower3.0-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-turboV8 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 over2014 models, what does Audi offer in return? The mid-cycle facelift offers anew front fascia, standard LED headlights and new grille, with further differentiationfor the S8 in addition to an optional quad sport exhaust. All models receiveelectromechanical steering, a secondary collision assist system, head-updisplay and active lane assist as standard. They are also available with nightvision systems while the car’s cabin also offers additional luxury features andoptions. The 2015 A8/S8 are due in showrooms in late June.