Audi A8 TFSI e Plug-In Hybrid Dropped from US Lineup

This current-gen Audi A8 is on its last legs. Its recent facelift means it’s in the last half of its life-cycle and its replacement is on the way. However, because it’s nearing the end, Audi dropped some model variants, to trim the fat a bit and save some costs. One such model is the plug-in hybrid Audi A8 TFSI e.


That’s no surprise, to be honest, as the A8 TFSI e wasn’t exactly a big seller. To be honest, the A8 in general isn’t a massive seller, so trimming off the worst selling variants is a good idea.


However, the hybrid model wasn’t the only one to go. Audi also slashed the V8-powered A8, leaving the Audi S8 as the only V8-powered A8 variant. Now, the only to Audi A8s that remain are the V6-powered A8 55 TFSI and the Audi S8.


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Powering the Audi A8 55 TFSI is a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6, making 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, and it starts at $86,500. The Audi S8, however, uses a twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V8, making 563 horsepower and 590 lb-ft. Though, if you want that monster, you’ll have to shell out $116,900.


Both variants of the Audi A8 have been given the brand’s new corporate facelift, which improves the styling over the previous car. While handsome, the pre-facelift version of this current A8 was always a bit boring but sophisticated. This new one is a bit more exciting now, with a larger, flashier grille, sharper headlights, and more aggressive front air intakes. It’s still not the sexiest car on sale but it has more presence than the outgoing pre-facelift car.


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Though, the interior is mostly the same, so don’t expect any significant changes there. That’s mostly fine but when the competition looks as good as the S-Class, it’s hard to argue that the aging Audi A8 looks better.


Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.