Audi has taken the wraps off the facelifted Audi A8 range, which will make its public debut at Frankfurt 2013. There’s the A8, the A8 L and the S8, with various different engine choices. The most obvious change you’ll notice from the exterior of the car are the new front and rear ends. The most prominent feature of the front are the new Audi Matrix LED headlights, which are now standard on all models with a V8 engine.
In Malaysia, we only get a single variant of the A8 which is the long-wheelbase model with the 3.0 litre V6 TFSI engine, so the headlamps might remain an option here. The headlamps feature a new sequential turn indicator which we’ve previously covered. Watch it in action here.
On the rear, the car gets a new chrome strip running across the back, which also extends into the design of the taillamps. The LED taillamps are now flatter, and the redesigned rear bumper now houses two rhomboid tailpipes. This look is carried on all models except the Audi S8.
Both the Audi A8, S8 and A8 L feature a revised trunk layout for better space. For the long-wheelbase A8 L, Audi has stretched the car’s length and wheelbase by 130 mm over the short wheelbase variant to increase interior space.
The baseline Audi A8 uses the 3.0 litre TFSI V6 engine which produces 310 hp, an increase of 20 hp over the pre-facelift model‘s 290 hp. There’s also the 4.0 litre TFSI V8 engine that does 435 hp. For buyers of oil burner models, there’s a 3.0 TDI with 258 hp as well as a powerful 4.2 litre TDI diesel engine producing 385 hp and 850 Nm.
The flagship is the A8 L W12 quattro, which uses a 6.3 litre W12 engine producing 500 hp. It also has cylinder deactivation, allowing it to run on six cylinders under low-load conditions. For those who want a sportier version of the A8, there’s the Audi S8, which tunes up the 4.0 litre TFSI V8 to 520 hp.
The Audi A8 hybrid continues on with the facelifted model range, pairing a 2.0 litre TFSI engine with an electric motor to produce a total system output of 245 hp and 480 Nm of torque. Its lithium-ion battery mounted at the rear allows 100% electric driving up to 100 km/h for about three kilometres. Fuel consumption for the A8 hybrid is rated at 6.3 L/100 km. If this model is introduced in Malaysia, it will qualify for duty exemptions like the A6 hybrid since the combustion engine is smaller than 2,000 cc.
New driver assist features include Audi active lane assist, which makes slight steering adjustments when necessary, a park assist system with a 360-degree view display that handles steering when parking and a heads-up display, which projects vital info on the windscreen. The night vision assistant is also improved, now being able to recognise larger animals in addition to pedestrians.
After the facelifted A8, A8 L and S8 debut at Frankfurt 2013, it will go on sale in Germany in November. We’ll keep you updated on the introduction of the A8 facelift here in Malaysia.