Audi A8 Model History
New and Used A8 Prices, Audi A8 Model Years and History
All New and Used A8 Model Years and History
The flagship sedan within the Audi line-up, the A8 assumed the spot that belonged to the Audi V8 in 1994. The Audi A8 was introduced to the United States in 1997 as a front-wheel drive propelled by a 3.7-liter V-8 and a 4.2-liter V-8 with quattro all-wheel drive. The leather-upholstered interior of the 1997 Audi A8 included standard dual-zone climate control and a power sunroof. The smaller displacement V-8 engine was excluded from the Audi A8 in 2000 leaving only the 310-horsepower 4.2-liter powerplant.
The 2000 model year also saw the debut of an extended wheelbase version of the Audi A8 to North America. Side-curtain airbags provided an extra layer of available safety on the 2000 Audi A8. A redesigned Audi A8 built on a new-generation platform was introduced for 2004 as a long-wheelbase L model. The shorter wheelbase model of the new Audi A8 would arrive the following year. For 2005, the Audi A8 offered a 330-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 engine connected to a six-speed automatic gearbox. 2005 also saw the debut of Audis MMI system inside the A8 sedan.
Featuring a refreshed grille design, the 2008 Audi A8 also presented electronic safety monitors Audi Side Assist and Audi Lane Assist. A new Audi A8 in 2011 reshaped the exterior aesthetics of the full-sized sedan. Engine power for the 2011 Audi A8 was enhanced to 372 horsepower applied through a standard quattro all-wheel drive system. LED headlights became an option on the 2011 Audi A8 sedan. In 2013, a pair of force induction powerplants replaced the 4.2-liter engine. A 333-horsepower, supercharged TFSI 3.0-liter V-6 as well as a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine generating 420 horsepower was added with the 2013 Audi A8.