2021 Audi A8 Luxury Sedan
Automatic temperature control
Emergency communication system
Wireless phone connectivity
- Vehicle Overview
- Technical Specifications
An elegant spin on style.
A look around the Audi A8 will help you gain perspective on design sophistication. Let your eyes travel effortlessly over its balanced proportions and linger on the beauty of the finer details.
Going with the 60 TFSI model puts the A8's best feature under the hood: A 453-hp twin-turbocharged V-8. In addition to the more powerful engine, we'd also order the Rear Seat Comfort package, which adds power rear seats with massage and heat to really pamper our passengers. The Executive package makes our list too. It includes massaging front seats, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring, and interior ambient lighting.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The base 55 TFSI comes with a turbocharged V-6 rated at 335 horsepower, and the 60 TFSI has a 453-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine. Both versions use a 48-volt hybrid system. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. The plug-in hybrid 60 TFSI e combines the V-6 with an electric motor and a rear-mounted 14.1-kWh battery pack. The 2021 Audi A8 TFSI e is rated at 443 hp. So far, we've only tested the V-6 55 TFSI version, which sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds at our test track. Among six-cylinder executive sedans, that's on par with the Mercedes-Benz S450 but a few tenths off the rapid pace of the BMW 740i. The Audi's engine is smooth, but there's no fanfare to its power delivery, and sound-deadening measures are so extensive that it's practically inaudible with the windows up. The A8 offers a very Audi-like blend of athleticism and ride comfort. An adjustable air suspension and driver-adjustable adaptive dampers are standard. Optional with the V-8 is a more advanced active suspension that scans the road ahead for bumps and takes measures to compensate. With the base suspension, the Audi A8 isolates you from road irregularities but can still hammer down a back road when the mood strikes.