The facelifted version of the Audi A8 was just revealed, with its new snazzy new grille. It can be hard to understand the admittedly subtle differences between the pre and post-facelift cars, so if you want a closer look, check out this new video from Autogefühl.
As always, Thomas from Autogefühl goes incredibly in-depth on the Audi A8 facelift but that’s sort of what you need for such a subtly changed car. Most of what’s changed on the Audi A8 is on the outside, however there are a few tweaks inside but they’re the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them sort.
The biggest change is up front, with new grille and headlights. Replacing the boring grille of the pre-facelift car, which just had some horizontal slat inserts, is a newer, much more stylish grille. Rather than horizontal slats, the new Audi A8’s grille has little chrome hockey sticks that oppose each other; those on the left side of the grille point left, and those on the right point right. It’s odd at first but it actually looks good and much better than before. If you opt for the S-Line package, those hockey sticks get turned on their sides and smoothed out a bit and also turn matte black.
Audi swapped headlights as well. On the pre-facelift A8, they were just simple rectangular lamps but they now feature the same sort of fangs you’ll find on the new Audi A3. Not only is the design far more exciting now, the headlights themselves are far more high-tech and feature some of the most interesting lighting tech in the business.
Inside the car, there are some subtle changes, such as the Alcantara on the door panels, the new wood trim, and a few tweaks to the tech but it’s barely noticeable to be honest. However, that’s not a bad thing — the Audi A8 is still as lovely as ever on the inside.
The Audi A8 was far behind its rivals from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, the former in particular. If Audi didn’t do something to make the A8 more appealing, the new S-Class was going to run away from Audi on the sales sheet. And while it’s likely still going to sell far better, as the S-Class just always will be the sales king of that segment, the newly facelift A8 has the look to potentially fight back a bit.