2015 Audi A8 to Start at $78,295

As the BMW 7-Series ages and the latest-gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class continues its first year of sale, Audi will attempt to stake its ground in the high-end luxury sedan segment with a refreshed 2015 Audi A8.

We saw the refreshed Audi A8 at the 2014 Detroit auto show, where we got our first in-person look at some of the technical and aesthetic changes. Visually there are no huge alterations, although the front end gets more pronounced character lines, new full-LED Matrix headlights, and a revised lower lip. Around the rear there are new taillights and sporty, trapezoidal twin exhaust tips.

The base 2015 Audi A8 3.0T, now costing $78,295 including destination, has gone up $2300 in price, but it gets the same 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine as its predecessor. The long-wheelbase A8 L 3.0T now costs $82,295, which is $2600 more than the outgoing model. For the A8 L TDI model and its 3.0-liter turbo V-6, which makes 240 hp and a hefty 406 lb-ft of torque, price has also increased $2600 to $85,995.

You’ll get 15 more hp than last year out of the 2015 Audi A8 4.0T, which grows its output to 435 hp from the turbo 4.0-liter V-8. The added muscle will cost $2500 more than in the 2014 A8 4.0T, now totaling $87,295. Long-wheelbase V-8 models add a $4000 premium. This model most directly competes with the Mercedes-Benz S550, although the Audi is less powerful and costs substantially less. $93,825 is the starting price for the S550, which benefits from a 455-hp, 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 516 lb-ft of torque.

Both the Audi S8 and A8 L W12 keep their respective 520-hp twin-turbo V-8 and 500-hp V-12 engines, although both prices experience similar hikes. The S8 will total $115,795, while the twelve-cylinder rings in at $138,795. Standard on the W-12 model will be a new intelligent cylinder control to help with the previously 16-MPG combined rating.

Part of the added cost can be attributed to the 2015 Audi A8’s new range of safety tech, such as active lane assist, pedestrian detection, head-up display, park assist and blind-spot warning. While perhaps more austere in character than the S-Class, the A8 is making big strides toward equaling its German rival in the number of modern safety features available.

The 2015 Audi A8 hits showrooms this summer.

Wolf47
Its an improvement, but still lacks style.  it is too much like an enlarged A4.  

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