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Audi opens order books for new A8

Audi has opened the order books for the updated 2016 A8 range, with prices starting from £59,585.

Orders for the Sport models will be taken from June, with UK deliveries expected in the summer.

Offered in standard or long wheelbase formats. Long Wheelbase versions will continue to be available with the petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain. The 513bhp 4.0-litre TFSI will feature in the S8, which is available exclusively with the standard wheelbase. 

A pair of TDI units powers standard wheelbase versions, and both are also available in conjunction with the long wheelbase body. The 3.0-litre V6 TDI benefits from a slight power increase from 254bhp to 258bhp and a reduction in CO2 from 155g/km to 149g/km (with 18-inch wheel), equating to a combined economy figure of 49.6mpg. The 380bhp 4.2-litre V8 TDI returns 39.2mpg, with CO2 output falling from 194g/km to 189g/km.

TDI engines are available with three levels of specification – SE, SE Executive and a new Sport option, which is reserved for standard wheelbase versions and replaces the Sport Executive trim in the outgoing range. Sport models are now more distinct with a new exterior package, featuring front and rear treatments reminiscent of the S8, combined with pronounced ‘S’ style side skirts and 19-inch alloy wheels in a seven-parallel spoke design.   

All three specification levels include Valcona leather upholstery, double glazing and a 180-watt audio system, combined with advanced technology including all-LED headlights, HDD satellite navigation and the fingertip-sensitive MMI Touch infotainment control system.

SE equipment, SE Executive versions add features such as the Audi parking system advanced with reversing camera, the advanced key for convenient locking, unlocking and starting without direct key intervention and  powered, hands-free boot lid operation, powered door closure, comfort front seats with 22-way powered adjustment and memory function, and privacy glass for the rear windows.

Long Wheelbase TDI, Long Wheelbase W12 and S8 models feature their own bespoke equipment lists.

Driveability in all A8 models can be further enhanced by options such as a firmer sport version of the air suspension and a dynamic steering system.

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