Audi confirms new S8 to join reworked A8 in 2014

Audi confirms new S8 to join reworked A8 in 2014

High-performance Audi S8 to be available in Australia for the first time.

Audi confirms new S8 to join reworked A8 in 2014
The new ‘hand-made’ interior of the Audi A8.

Audi has given the A8 a major refresh and confirmed the flagship S8 Sports Sedan is also coming to Australia in 2014.

As part of the update Audi flagship gets some external tweaks, more powerful and efficient engines, weight savings and new Matrix LED headlights.

In Europe buyers have a selection of two petrol and two diesel engines, along with a hybrid version, but Audi Australia say the new A8 will arrive with a choice of just two diesels - 3.0 TDI with 190kW and 4.2 TDI which produces 283 kW and 850 Nm.

For the record the 3.0 TDI is the most efficient engine in the line-up, Audi say it consumes just 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres.

Meantime Australian sport and luxury car buyers will soon also have the choice of the hot Audi S8. Paired with quattro all-wheel drive, its 4.0 TFSI accelerates the S8 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds!

Prices for both the new Audi S8 and A8 are yet to be confirmed; both models will arrive in Australia late next year.

Joel Helmes