Audi recently unveiled a mildly updated A8 luxury sedan for the global market, which we expect will be heading to the U.S., too. Essentially a mid-cycle refresh of the fourth-generation A8, changes to the flagship four-door include new headlights, a revised grille, and standard OLED taillights.
At first glance, you’ll notice the 2022 Audi A8 wears a more dynamic front end design that adds personality to its overall—dare we say it—uninteresting profile. Newly shaped headlights using Audi’s Digital Matrix LED technology with 1.3 million micromirrors sit astride a widened grille. Adding depth, the lower edge of the sophisticated headlights creates a contour above the side air intakes that are now upright.
The A8’s rear gets new OLED (organic LED) taillights, as well. S8 models have three different light signature styles, while all other variants offer up two. If you select the “Dynamic” drive mode in the S8, the rear lights will switch to an expanded, Dynamic-exclusive signature. Another nifty function is the proximity indication feature; when other vehicles pull within 6.6 feet of the back of a stationary A8, this function activates all the OLED segments to give the other driver a heads-up. Moreover, additional functions consist of dynamic turn signals and distinct sequences for coming and leaving home.
Audi now offers the S appearance package on the A8. For a sportier and bolder look—because you can never have too much dynamism on a huge sedan—customers can combine the optional S and black appearance packages. Those who want embellishments that stand out will probably prefer the chrome package. New exterior paint color options include metallic District Green, Firmament Blue, Manhattan Gray, and Ultra Blue.
The lavishly appointed interior comes well equipped and is fully configurable with high-grade materials and a range of seat layouts and equipment. The techy cabin utilizes Audi’s MMI system and has two touchscreens: a 10.1-inch infotainment and an 8.6-inch screen for climate settings. An all-digital virtual cockpit—Audi-speak for a digital gauge cluster—directly facing the driver takes navigation to the next level. Audiophiles will enjoy listening to highly curated playlists on the 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Things are a lot fancier in the rear compartment, especially in A8 L models. The range-topping A8, featuring options galore, comes with a stretched-out center console and a footrest that can massage and heat your feet.
In these top-dog A8s, rear passengers can stream their favorite content on 10.1-inch screens fitted to the front seatbacks, relax with a body massage, and grab a cold beverage from the built-in cooler. Fold-out tables and an air quality package that includes a fragrance system are also optional. Four-zone automatic air conditioning, along with power adjustable seats and headrests put the “c” in comfort.
And if you haven’t heard, there is an ultra-luxurious A8 edition that will go on sale in China only, taking the stage at this year’s Guangzhou Auto Show. The A8 L Horch, as it’s named, is directly aimed at the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and has an extended wheelbase and a posh interior practically spewing opulence. We’re talking soft mini throw pillows, diamond-pattern quilting, embossed logos, deep-pile floor mats, an expanded panoramic roof; you get the picture.
The A8’s U.S.-market powertrain choices are likely to remain the same, including a mild-hybrid V-6 and the powerful twin-turbo V-8 producing 563 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The refreshed 2022 Audi A8 goes on sale in Europe in December. Based on current exchange rates, it will start at $115,000 and approximately $168,000 for the S variant.
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