It seems that Audi may be taking a lesson right out of Lexus' playbook. Recently we learned that Lexus' push for F Sport models has bolstered its sales, big time. While the four rings has always had S-line sport packages for some of its models, as well as real S-line cars, it seems that the company wants to sport up its flagship model, the A8.

That's because Audi has released the details on an updated 4.0-liter V8. Now it will make 450 horsepower — a small, 15 horsepower bump — and come with some special trimming to make it stand out from the standard A8.

Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport

That includes new front/rear clips, side skirts, all-new 20- and 21-inch wheels.

It won't come cheap with pricing starting at $90,500* but given the pricing of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class starts at about $5,000 more, it's still coming in as a value play.

*Does not include title, taxes and fees.

Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport

Audi's press release follows:

Audi introduces 2016 A8 L 4.0T Sport model

  • New Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport model achieves 450 hp through an enhanced 4.0T twin turbo V8
  • Sport style exterior with muscular front fascia creates a striking presence on the road
  • Interior features panoramic sunroof, acoustic glazing on windows and Alcantara headline

Featuring more power and enhanced luxury inside and out, the Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport model enters the Audi lineup for 2016. The variant of the Audi A8 flagship sedan boasts an enhanced 4.0T twin turbo V8 engine achieving an impressive 450 hp, an increase of 15 hp from the previous 4.0T model. The Sport model also includes a muscular front fascia with larger air intakes for a more commanding presence on the road.

The bumper of the A8 L 4.0T Sport has been lowered for a more performance-oriented look and the sides of the sedan have been given more prominent rocker panels to give the vehicle a wider stance. On the rear of the car, the lower bumper has been reshaped for a more dynamic appearance. The A8 L 4.0T Sport comes standard with 20’’ 5-double spoke wheels and is available with two additional 20’’ wheel options. Also available are 21’’ 5-arm wheels with summer tires.

The interior of the A8 L 4.0T Sport model has been designed for ultimate comfort. The standard Executive and Luxury packages offer 22-way Comfort front seats with Valcona leather and a sporty diamond pattern stitching. The front seats also include ventilation and massage functions. Also standard is an Alcantara headliner, panoramic sunroof and acoustic glazing on the windows creating an interior experience that is more luxurious than ever.

Innovative Audi driver assistance functions include Audi side assist with pre sense rear, which can aid the driver when changing lanes and helps monitors the traffic following the vehicle and Audi head-up display with navigation information. Also available is Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go.

Summary of full equipment for the 2016 Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport model:

  • An enhanced 4.0T twin turbo V8 engine achieving an impressive 450 hp in total, an increase of 15 hp from the previous 4.0T model
  • Sport style exterior; completely new lower bumper and reshaped rear bumper; more prominent side rocker panels; more muscular shape and less chrome accents
  • Standard 20” 5-double spoke wheels with all-season tires; available 21” 5-arm wheels with summer tires
  • 22 way Comfort Sport seats with ventilation and massage functions
  • Head Up Display
  • Audi side assist with Audi pre sense rear
  • Valcona leather interior with diamond pattern stitching
  • Alcantara headliner
  • Standard Executive, Luxury and Sport style packages
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Acoustic glazing on the windows

Pricing detail
Model year 2016 A8 L 4.0T Sport starting manufacturer suggested retail prices:
(Excluding destination charge, taxes, title, options and dealer charges)



  Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport


*Prices above exclude destination charges ($925), taxes, title, optional equipment, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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