To celebrate 21 years that Audi has been selling the A8 in the UK market, Audi UK is creating a special edition Audi A8 called the Edition 21.
The current Audi A8 is nearing the end of its life cycle, but it’s still a damn fine luxury car, one that so clearly translates what the A8 has always been; a luxury car of the highest quality with superb technology. While the A8’s current crop of tech might not stack up to its newest rivals, like the Mercedes-Benz S Class and BMW 7 Series, when it debuted it was brimming with the latest tech. Despite its age the A8 is still one of the premiere luxury cars on the market and the Edition 21 will make for a fantastic addition.
For Edition 21 duty, the A8 has been given a Sport Styling package, to give it looks reminiscent of its bigger brother, the Audi S8. This means redesigned front and rear bumpers, a slightly different grill and deeper side skirts. It will also come with Audi Matrix LED headlights and LED taillights. With the optional Daytona Grey Pearl paintjob, the lights and more aggressive body work will give the A8 a menacing stance. Especially considering its 20″ Double Spoke wheels. The Edition 21 will clearly be distinguishable from the standard car.
Inside, the Edition 21 gets to different color schemes from Audi’s Exclusive line. Cognac Brown with black stitching or Black with red stitching. Those are the only two seat options, but they both look tremendous. Both come with a combo of piano black and brushed aluminum trim that looks fantastic and a black headliner.
There will only be one engine option, a 3.0 liter V6 TDI, making 258 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. I’m not positive why Audi UK decided to give it a diesel as its only option, especially considering the sporty nature of its looks, and the fact that a diesel special edition is not very exciting. But at least it’s a good diesel and makes plenty of grunt. 0-60 mph takes just 5.9 seconds, which is actually faster than the original Audi S8. While the TDI engine might not be the most exciting, it sure is economical, gettiing 47.9 mpg on the UK cycle.