While the 2017 Audi A8 fails at the freshest-face test, it has arguably received substantial updates that are welcome developments. Some of these changes are conspicuous on the engine, interior, and athleticism departments as we shall later see. In addition to the recent changes, the new model also comes with a fuel-thrifty diesel engine, a handsome and luxurious cabin, a powerful V6 engine, and a Quattro drive system that are part and parcel of the Audi A8 résumé.
Below is a comprehensive review that touches on multiple facets of the Audi A8 including but not limited to engine specs, interior and exterior redesigns, and release date and price.
The Audi A8 2017 happens to belong to an elite automobile segment that are exquisite in their offerings and are competitive in their own unique way. The standard denominator here seems to be elegant interior designs and technologies appointment, comfortable cabin accommodations, and powerful engines. In addition to such an immaculate spec sheet, the Audi A8 in particular, also offers a dose of an engaging driving character, and overall material quality.
The driving manners of this vehicle are excellent and you might occasionally be inspired to take back-road detours for the sheer enjoyment of it. Furthermore, its suspension is carefully tuned, and comes with a standard all-wheel drive system. Whilst on the road, you’ll probably like the way it soaks and flattens bumps and mundane road conditions. For best performance, the 4.0T model is arguably your best choice, while he TDI might be hard to beat for anyone looking to better their green credentials.
Does It Have Any Rivals?
While the A8 is hard to beat in terms of driver engagement, the S-Class and the 7 Series are undoubtedly the benchmark setters in this class. Others that rival the A8 include the Porsche Panamera, and the Jaguar XJ.
2017 Audi A8 Release Date & Price
When it comes to when the Audi A8 2017 will be available and for how much, credible sources in the know say its release date should probably be expected sometime in the first half of 2017. Pricing starts from an MSRP of around $81,500. Opting for optional packages will inevitably push up the cost upwards.
2017 Audi A8 Aerodynamic Exterior
According to the spy pictures going round, the Audi A8 appears to have received an updated exterior look that is now more aerodynamic. The body creases and contours are impeccably designed and will sure offer it an elegant stance. The headlights, taillights, and running lights are all made of LED technology. You can additionally expect a dual-pane acoustic glass, front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, and a sportier bumper and side sill treatment.
2017 Audi A8 Interior
Some of the equipment available in its cabin include a four-zone automatic climate control, fourteen-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, leather upholstery, a navigation system, an eight-inch touchscreen display, satellite radio, a CD/DVD player, a blind-spot monitoring system, ventilated and heated front seats, active noise cancellation, side- and top-view cameras, rear-seat entertainment system, and a heated steering wheel.
Optional packages are available for those who don’t mind spending extra bucks. Some of these include the Executive, Driver Assistance, Sport, Executive Rear Seat Comfort, and the Dynamic packages.
Trims available include the long wheelbase L model, 3.0T models, diesel model, 4.0T models, and the W12 model.
Engine Specs Are Unchanged?
The base engine, as of this writing, is unchanged from before and is a supercharged 3.0L V6 engine good for 333 HP and 325 lbs. ft. of torque. It is estimated to check in at 22 mpg in combined city/highway driving by EPA.
Audi is yet to make the rest of the engine lineup known, but sources in the know say the diesel-powered A8 TDI also returns unaltered with a 240-horsepower – generating turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine that enables it hit 60mph in just 6.3 seconds.
As for both the Audi A8 4.0T and the top-of-the-line A8 W12 models, expect a turbocharged 4.0L V8 able to churn out 435 horsepower and 444 pounds-ft. of torque, and a 6.3L normally aspirated W12 engine cranking a walloping 500 horsepower and 463 pounds-ft. of torque respectively.
Latest news reports allege the Audi A8 2017 is set to be offered with a slew of upgraded safety items in addition to the existing ones that include stability and traction control, full-length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, a rearview camera, front-knee airbags, imminent frontal collision alert, pedestrian and animal detection, and a blind-spot monitor. The government is yet to offer crash testing reports as of the writing of this review. Nevertheless, a laudable score is inevitable.