It may be not be the freshest face among the luxury flagships, but the new Audi A8 for 2017 remains competitive in terms of athletic character, ambient interior, and powerful engines. Though, most of its rivals offer upscale technology features. Some of its strengths include a handsome and well-appointed cabin, a standard AWD system, sharp handling, fuel-efficient diesel engine, and a powerful base V6 engine. Its release date should be expected early next year.
New features for 2017 include standard dual-pane acoustic glass, upgraded 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and extended leather upholstery. Additionally, Audi has added optional and no-cost add-ons packages depending on the variant.
The available Executive package, for instance, adds side-and top-view cameras, a panoramic sunroof, and ventilated front seats for the TDI trim, and Audi will have to credit the owner for the package’s cost. Anyone shopping in the elite luxury sedan segment will at one point come across the new 2017 Audi A8.
It is supremely comfortable, fast, loaded with lots of technology tidbits, and elegantly appointed. And despite the A8 lacking the same prestige as its German rivals, it features a way better personality and athletic character than most of them.
The A8’s road manners are supplemented by the standard all-wheel-drive, and a carefully thought-out tuned suspension system. Additionally, this very large sedan grips the road extremely well regardless of the tires and wheels you opt for, you might occasionally find yourself taking back-road detours for the sheer driving fun.
Under the hood is a selection of four able fuel-sipping engines that offer an exemplary performance. For best performance, the 4.0T is your perfect bet.
Performance aside, the A8 still features a stunning interior, and despite its competitors offering a matching cabin competitiveness, the A8’s décor is something worth opting for. To start off with, it comes fitted with extended leather on the center console, dash and doors.
Still, the vehicle still features several downsides which include: a small cargo space; and it lacks in most technology details which its rivals are keen to offer.
Available Trims – Audi A8
The 2017 A8 is offered in a single, long-wheelbase L version. Additionally, the large luxury sedan can be gotten with a lineup that consists of 3.0T diesel TDI, two six-cylinder models, an eight-cylinder 4.0T, and the plush W12 trim.
Interior Review & Exterior Redesign – 2017 Audi A8
Equipped on both the 3.0T and TDI trims are: auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-pane acoustic glass, LED headlights, 19” wheels, automatic climate control, an adaptive air suspension system, leather upholstery, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, rear side windows, power sunshades, an adaptive air suspension system, power door closers, rear parking sensors, and a sunroof.
Electronic features available include Audi’s MMI infotainment system, an 8” touchscreen, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, 14-speaker Bose sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, voice controls, iPod connectivity, satellite radio, a rearview camera, a navigation system, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.
Opting for the eight-cylinder A8 4.0T version gets you a simulated suede headliner with an upgraded leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitoring, active noise cancelation, 18-way multi-contour front seats, a sportier bumper, a panoramic sunroof, a heads-up display, side sill treatment, and 20” wheels.
Springing for the W12 will get you a power adjustable outboard rear seat, a heated steering wheel, enhanced variable-ratio steering, a dual-screen rear seat entertainment system, a glove-mounted six-CD/DVD changer, stainless steel accents, and exterior chrome accents.
Engine Specs – 2017 Audi A8
A supercharged 3.0L V6 engine good for 333 hp and 325 lbs. torque powers the 2017 Audi A8. The eight-speed transmission system is the default system and drives all the four wheels. In our test drive, the 3.0T model was able to clinch 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.
Next up is the diesel-driven TDI A8 that is inspired by a 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine rated at 240 horsepower and 428 lbs. of torque. It hits 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.
As for the 4.0T models, expect a 4.0L turbocharged V8 engine rated at 435 horsepower and 444 lbs. of torque. Its EPA stands at 18/29/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
The top of the line 2017 Audi A8 W12 trim comes fitted with a 6.3L normally aspirated engine that cranks out a whopping 500 horsepower and 463 lbs. of torque.
Price & 2017 Audi A8 Release Date
Expect the new 2017 Audi A8 to cost you an MSRP starting from $79,503.
As for its release date, the vehicle should be headed to dealerships any time before March next year.