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AUDI A8 Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 10
First production year: 1994
Engines: Gasoline, Mild hybrid, Diesel, Hybrid gasoline, Hybrid
 

2021 - Present

Audi refreshed the fourth generation of the A8 in 2021, and there were more than just a few exterior and interior details in it. In 1994, Audi decided to attack its main competitors BMW and Mercedes-Benz, in the upper premium segment and introduced the A8. The constant evolution of the German limousine gave it a seat at the table of executive limousines. That trend continued to the fourth...

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gasoline engines:

  AUDI A8 55 TFSI quattro (340 HP)

mild hybrid engines:

  AUDI A8 60 TFSI 8AT AWD (460 HP)

2017 - Present

A new fourth generation Audi A8 was revealed in 2017 taking the brand's flagship model to a whole new level in terms of power, looks, and features. Visually, the biggest changes can be seen with the new hexagonal grille, headlights, aggressive bumpers, stoplights, and waistline. The interior is also all new being dominated by a new infotainment system. The Audi A8 is also the first producti...

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diesel engines:

  AUDI A8 50 TDI V6 quattro tiptronic 8AT (286 HP)

2017 - Present

In the pursuit of getting a chunk from the premium market, Audi struggled to launch a competitor for the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. This is how the Audi A8 was launched. And, since both other Germans had a long wheelbase version, it decided to build one by themselves. This is how the A8 L appeared. But if they want a chunk instead of a slice, they have to be creative. And so ...

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2013 - 2017

The third generation of Audi's flagship, the A8, was launched in November 2009 at Miami and in 2013 it received a facelift that added more stance on the road and more grunt under the hood. The Audi A8 was already famous due to its appearance in various movies. The first generation starred in the Ronin while new generations appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Age of Ultron. B...

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2013 - 2017

The third generation of Audi's flagship, the A8, was launched in November 2009 at Miami and in 2013 it received a facelift that added more stance on the road and more power under the hood. The Audi A8 was already famous due to its appearance in various movies such as Spider-Man and Avengers. The facelift featured Audi’s new headlights, the Matrix-Led. The headlamp was built by Hell...

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2010 - 2013

Audi showed the third generation of the A8 and A8L in Miami, followed by a full disclosure at the 2010 North American International Motor Show. Ever since its first generation, the A8 stunned its customers with its high-tech features, light construction, and all-wheel-drive system. BMW and Mercedes-Benz were mainly rear-wheel-drive, with a few options for traction in all corners, while only o...

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2010 - 2013

Audi's flagship car was the Audi A8 and, in 2010, its features were designed to improve the ride quality and ensure comfortable journeys on any distances. Even if it looked like it was an expanded A4 or A6, the A8 had few details that could show the difference. But according to some Audi studies, their owners were looking for a limousine that looked like a lower model, just to go under t...

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2005 - 2009

A 4-door luxury sedan that won the hearts of many customers, the Audi A8 was redesigned for 2005. A new,single-frame grille inspired by the Nuvolari quattro concept, a revised interior for greater comfort and safety and new, more powerful engines with lower CO2 emissions - all were part of the new A8. Both a short and a long wheelbase were offered, with the latter offering great comfort fo...

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2003 - 2005

Audi unveiled the second generation of its flagship model, the A8, in 2002 and introduced it to the market later that year. The car went through a long and costly development process due to its aluminum bodywork. The car's design was ready in 2000, and the prototype was shown in 2001 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the "Avantissimo" concept car. But, when it came on the market, ...

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1994 - 1999

The first generation Audi A8 was introduced in 1994 at the Geneva Motor Show, and was the first Audi strong rival to the full-size luxurious sedans produced by BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes. Replacing the Audi V8, the new A8 was built on a new Volkswagen Group D2 platform and was the first series car with an aluminum body and chassis, known as the Audi Space Frame. Besides the regular Audi A8, ...

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