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#1 +zhiVago

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 16:50

2014 Audi A8/S8 facelift officially revealed
 
Goes on sale in Germany this November
 
After a series of teasers, Audi has finally revealed the facelifted 2014 A8/S8 range.
 
In terms of design, we characterize the styling as being evolutionary thanks to the slightly revised front bumper, front grille and a more sculpted hood. Audi is offering the revised A8 with standard LED headlights for V8-powered models sold in Germany, but for more money clients can opt for the Matrix LED headlights that have 25 individual light-emitting diodes per unit which can be switched on/off individually depending on road conditions. Audi is also introducing sequentially illuminated LED turn signals with 18 LEDs in the headlights and 24 LEDs in the taillights.
 
At the back we notice the flatter LED taillights, along with a reworked bumper that incorporates two rhomboid tailpipes (except for the S8). There are new chrome strips and high-gloss black window frames rounding off the list of exterior changes. Audi says the 2014 A8 is available with twelve paint schemes, (including five new ones), while alloys are available in sizes of up to 21 inches.
 
Moving on to engine lineup, in Germany it will be sold with a 3.0-liter TFSI delivering 310 HP (228 kW), a V8 4.0-liter TFSI twin-turbo with 435 HP (320 kW), along with a 3.0-liter TDI outputting 258 HP (190 kW) and a 4.2-liter TDI rated at 385 HP (283 kW). We should also mention the A8 L W12 quattro with its 6.3-liter mill churning 500 HP (368 kW) and the S8 that delivers 520 HP (380 kW) from its 4.0-liter TFSI.
 
The 2014 Audi A8 Hybrid makes use of a lithium-ion battery, 2.0-liter TFSI and an electric motor to provide a combined output of 245 HP (180 kW) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque. The conventional engine drives the front wheels while the electric motor powers the rear axle.
 
Performance-wise, the 4.0 TFSI A8 quattro does 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds, making it 0.3 slower than the hotter S8. The hybrid model can run solely on electric power for about 1.86 miles (3 km) during which it can hit a top speed of 62 mph.
 
The 2014 Audi A8 fitted with the aforementioned 3.0 TDI will have a fuel consumption of 5.9 liters / 100 km (39.8 mpg US or 47.8 mpg UK). The thirstier A8 L W12 quattro consumes 11.7 liters / 100 km (20.1 mpg US or 24.1 mpg UK), while the S8 needs 10.1 liters / 100 km (23.2 mpg US or 27.9 mpg UK). The hybrid version averages 6.3 liters / 100 km (37.3 mpg US or 44.8 mpg UK).
 
Moving inside the cabin and there are ventilated front seats with massage function, along with individual electrically-adjustable rear seats optionally available for the A8 and A8 L. The latter can also be configured with a continuous, leather-wrapped center console, as well as other optional goodies like four-zone automatic AC and relaxation seat with power footrest.
 
For the mid-cycle refresh Audi has also upgraded various safety systems like active lane assist, head-up display and night vision assistant. On the entertainment front there is a Bang & Olufsen sound system and a rear seat entertainment system featuring a DVD player, two screens and Bluetooth headphones.
 
Available in Germany starting November, the 2014 Audi A8 range begins at 74,500 EUR.
 

 

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#2 Art3x

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 16:56

Beautiful automobile.

 

I really like the current style of the Audi's.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 17:17

Holy Rear seat controls Batman!!!

 

Damn thats a Gorgeous car



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 17:40

shopped to the max :D



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 17:43

I do like the look of Audis, but they sure don't change much. This looks like every other Audi for the most part.



#6 tsupersonic

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 19:37

So, not very many changes, got it. This is like a mid model refresh or an LCI. Meh. 

 

Audi has the worst case for everything looking like each other, specifically, the A4/A6/A8. 



#7 Jeston

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 19:48

I'm probably in the minority here, but I just hate the giant grille. Other than that, I give it a (Y)



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 20:04

Meh.

 

In a parking lot full of cars...I've never thought any Audi stood out.  The trend continues.



#9 vcfan

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 20:07

I do like the look of Audis, but they sure don't change much. This looks like every other Audi for the most part.

 

right, but is that really such a bad thing? why would you change perfection?



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 20:09

Meh.  The interior looks nice, but the exterior still has the same bland look of a glorified Passat.  Not really a fan of any German car except for some of the Benz's.



#11 Roger H.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 20:12

I like the lights at least. Not like it jumps out at you but still looking pretty good.



#12 Kalint

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 20:17

Is that a recliner in the back seat?



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 21:17

right, but is that really such a bad thing? why would you change perfection?

Because while they do have great styling and class, the look is getting a little boring now. The S5 was perfection and I think they know that. Every car since then has had a very definite S5 styled look.

 

It's like I was just saying about the late model Corvette earlier to some friends. For being such a "nice" car, it's SO damn boring because they all look exactly the same.



#14 OP +zhiVago

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:03

So, not very many changes, got it. This is like a mid model refresh or an LCI. Meh.  

 

That's why it's called a facelift. Visually, the body doesn't change, only the front fascia and the optics change. There are some other under-the-hood improvements too.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:19

OMG It looks like the last model.

 

Yes, because it's a facelift - it's not a whole new model!

 

Lovely





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