The improved design of the 2022 Audi A8 and S8 models increases their presence and authority as Audi's flagship luxury models. Audi customers seek calming experiences and technologies to supplement their hectic lifestyles in an increasingly complicated world. The Audi A8 and Audi S8 have always represented an elegant blend of driving engagement, premium materials, and build quality, providing the desired respite from life's demands. The Audi model line is distinguished by its driving dynamics and performance capabilities, which are highlighted by a serene interior experience. The discerning customer values comfort, control logic, infotainment, and material quality. A streamlined entry point to the celebrated 563-horsepower V8 engine for 2022 appeals to A8 and S8 buyers alike. With new standalone packages, S8 customers can now outfit their vehicle with equipment and technologies that reflect their individual preferences and priorities.
The updated 2022 A8 family catches the eye with improved design elements. The A8 gets a wider single-frame grille from the front with an all-new design that includes an angular bar design. The rear design is anchored by a broad fascia and features customizable OLED taillight signatures linked by a segmented light strip. Furthermore, the rear diffuser insert in the bumper is highlighted by redesigned horizontal bars, emphasizing the A8's width and stature.
The level roof line emphasizes the vehicle's length, and the wheel arches hint at the standard quattro all-wheel drive when viewed from the side. The S line exterior package is now standard on the A8, highlighted by distinctive blades and a black grille, adding to the vehicle's overall character.
The four tailpipes, a design signature of Audi S models, and a wider Singleframe grille adorned with chrome tilts distinguish the Audi S8 performance sedan. For an even more intimidating appearance, both the A8 and S8 can be equipped with the Black Optic Plus package, including black mirrors, badges, rings, and black 21-inch wheels.
Customers entering an A8 or S8 will be greeted by a purposefully elegant cabin that provides the luxury experience expected of a first-class trip. Interior design highlights include decorative trim that reveals HVAC vents and closes to provide an agile minimalist environment when not needed.
The interior features available Valetta and Valcona leather and Dynamica, a microfiber material first seen in the Audi portfolio in the Audi e-tron GT. Also, the Dynamica system is added to the door panels and can also be added to the interior pillar trim or roof lining as an option.
Customers and their passengers can enjoy ventilation and massage seats with lumbar support when purchasing the A8. In addition, the S8 adds a four-seat rear comfort package, which includes a full-length center console and an incorporated digital remote to handle the lighting and seating preferences.
The A8's MMI touch response operation is presented in two displays (10.1" upper and 8.6" lower). The upper controls infotainment and navigation functions, and the lower controls climate control and comfort operations such as massaging ventilation and seat heating. Of course, most functions can be controlled by advanced natural voice recognition. In addition, the Audi virtual cockpit, with an optional head-up display, contributes to a thoroughly modern driver-focused experience by showing the critical information directly to the driver's line of sight.
The Audi A8 and S8 can function as a mobile offices. Passengers can link up to eight mobile devices to available LTE mobile Wi-Fi using the MIB 3 suite of infotainment technologies. In addition, passengers in an S8 with the available four-passenger rear-seat comfort package can deploy separate tables to create a suitable new workspace.
Audi Connect service available in the A8 and S8 enhances the driver's experience by providing a live countdown of a traffic light's time to turn green at more than 21,000 road intersections in the United States. Audi Connect also includes an Integrated Toll Module, which eliminates the need for a toll transponder and a variety of other services.
The Audi A8's standard adaptive air suspension balances comfort and performance for an Audi flagship. The Audi A8 can quickly awaken on command thanks to a 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 TFSI engine. The Audi A8 comes standard with 19-inch 5-spoke design wheels and all-season tires. The Executive package includes 20-inch 10-parallel-spoke design wheels with all-season tires, while the Black optic and Black optic plus packages include 21-inch 10-Y-spoke design wheels. With its 563-horsepower, 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the high-performance S8 elevates the luxury sedan. Several distinguishing standard features, such as sports air suspension and dynamic all-wheel steering, add to the S8's prestige. The S8 is equipped with 20-inch 5-double-spoke S design wheels wrapped in summer tires as standard. The optional and luxury Executive package includes 21-inch 10-spoke-star design wheels, while the Black optic plus package includes black-finished 21-inch 10-spoke design wheels.
Customers of the Audi A8 and Audi S8 can opt for various optional driver assistance features. Audi's active lane assist with the emergency assist, Audi adaptive cruise assists with traffic jam assist, intersection assist, and side assist with rear pre sense functionality are all available options.
Lighting invention has long been a hallmark of Audi design, and the A8 family persists in setting the standard for showcasing the brand's most cutting-edge technology. LED headlights and OLED taillights are standard on the upgraded A8. When the Audi drive select is set to dynamic mode, the taillights adjust to a broader signature specific to the driving mode. The OLED taillights have a proximity indicator that activates all OLED segments when another vehicle approaches a stationary A8 from behind, working in tandem with the driver assistance systems. Dynamic turn signals via coming home/leaving home animations are also included in the OLED rear lighting system.
Audi's strategy for the future of progressive lighting technology distinguishes the Audi S8 even more. LED headlights with a Digital Matrix design are available and create a unique signature. Each headlight has 1.3 million micro-mirrors that break down the emitted light into tiny pixels, allowing the light beams to be controlled accurately. The Digital Matrix LED headlights can display exceptional coming home/leaving home animations, producing a special lighting performance. Additional features, such as on-road lane markers and light beams that can dip around or below other cars, maybe unlocked if US regulations allow.
The 2022 Audi A8 TFSI continues to set the standard in luxury, delivering increased ease of mind and process through its complete assistance functionality and setting an Audi benchmark in driver assistance and convenience systems. The A8 is equipped with standard and optional features to ensure complete dynamics and driving assistance. This standard package can be enhanced with optional stress-reducing adaptive cruise assist, advanced collision mitigation, and cross-traffic assist through its onboard sensors, cameras, and laser.
The state-of-the-art driver assistance systems in the A8 add an extra level of comfort behind the wheel. While the driver retains control, the clever systems in the A8 can evaluate the vehicle's surroundings simultaneously, giving the driver added confidence and stress reduction. In addition, the impressive array of safety-enhancing systems, including lane centering and precise lane tracking, elevates the A8 to the brand and segment's driver assistance benchmark.
A 2022 Audi A8 L 55, 3.0-liter TFSI 6 CYL with Tiptronic transmission starts at $86,500. The dealer determines the final price.
A 2022 Audi S8, 4.0-liter TFSI, 8-cylinder with Tiptronic transmission, starts at $116,900. The dealer determines the final price.