Next week, the entire Audi A8 lineup is about to expand. At the moment, the only A8 model available in North America is the “55 TFSI”, which sports a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine. It’s a car we tested recently and ended up liking quite a bit. However, at the 2019 LA Auto Show next week, the A8 lineup will be getting three new models, headlined by the all-new 2020 Audi S8.
The new Audi S8 is the car fans want to know about, as it’s the highest performing version of the A8 and by far the coolest. In fact, it’s so good that it was recently called the best luxury car in the world by one publication.
Powering the Audi S8 is a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 tuned to 563 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. According to Audi, that monster engine helps rocket the S8 from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. That’s seriously quick for such a heavy luxo-barge. According to recent reviews, it handles as well as it accelerates and is surprisingly fun to drive. We can’t wait to test it out but, before that, we’ll be seeing it at the LA Auto Show next week. As the headliner, the S8 won’t be cheap, at a whopping $129,500. Still, it’s a lot of luxury car for the money.
Alongside the Audi S8, two other A8 models will debut. The first of which is a welcome addition, the Audi A8 “60 TFSI”, which also brings a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8. However, the 60 TFSI makes considerably less power than the headlining S8, with only 453 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. Audi claims the V8-powered A8 can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is far more than fast enough. The standard V8 model will start life at $96,800, which is an Audi A3 cheaper than the S8.
But the most interesting new A8 model, potentially even more so than the Audi S8, is the A8 “60 TFSI e”. While its name is quite confusing, because it’s so similar to the standard A8 60 TFSI, the “e” at the end gives it away. This will be the plug-in hybrid version of the A8 and it will use a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6, mated to an electric motor and battery pack, to make a very healthy 443 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. That’s slightly less power than the V8 model but with more torque.
According to Audi, the hybrid A8 can hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. That’s slower than the V8 car but not by much and it has the added advantage of all-electric range and better fuel economy. Plus, hybrid luxury cars often have excellent power delivery, thanks to instantaneous electric torque. So we actually think the Audi A8 60 TFSI e could be the best pick of the bunch, depending on pricing which has yet to be announced.
We’re very excited to see the rest of the Audi A8 lineup, specifically the high-performance Audi S8, at the LA Auto Show next week. Stay tuned for live coverage starting next Wednesday, November 20.