Frankfurt 2013: The updated Audi A8 breaks cover

Frankfurt 2013: The updated Audi A8 breaks cover image

Text: Mac Avendano / Photos: Audi Press | posted September 10, 2013 17:14

The Audi flagship product returns with an improved driving experience

Frankfurt witnessed the revelation of the updated Audi A8 today. The Audi flagship product returns with a promise for an improved driving experience thanks to its vast engine line-up, lightweight body, and other innovations.

Significant weight reduction is attributed to the Audi Space Frame design. The ASF weighs 231 kg, about 40% less than a comparable steel construction, giving the A8 3.0 TFSI a curb weight of 1830 kg. The new model measures 5,120 mm long, 1,950 wide, and 1,460 mm tall.

Updates also include additions to the noise damping measures, a trunk with a bigger capacity, and the optional Matrix LED technology.  Buyers can choose from 12 exterior colors including five new ones.

Among the variants of the new Audi A8 are the following:


Engine output

Fuel consumption

0-100 km/h

A8 3.0 TFSI

310 PS

13 km/l

5.7 seconds

A8 4.0 TFSI

435 PS

11 km/l

4.5 seconds

A8 3.0 TDI clean diesel

258 PS

17 km/l

5.9 seconds

A8 4.2 TDI clean diesel

385 PS

14 km/l

4.7 seconds

The new assistance system debuted along with the new A8. The system features the Audi active lane assist, head-up display, and night vision assistant.

Moreover, Audi has the Audi A8 L W12 quattro concept. It is powered by a 12-cylinder 6.3 liter engine that produces 500 PS. The normally aspirated engine can launch the car from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and can maintain a fuel consumption of 8.5 km/l. It has the newly-developed COD system  that temporarily deactivates the fuel injection and ignition of six cylinders during low load. Audi also uses the Active Noise Cancellation in the W12 to retain a quiet composure. Intended to be the top model in the series, this exclusive concept has a limited run of 50 cars only.