2022 Audi A8 spotted: prices, specs and release date

May 04, 2021 by

A refreshed version of the Audi A8 is on the horizon, featuring a tweaked design and a revised interior. Read on to find out more.

  • 2022 Audi A8 spotted
  • Tweaked front-end design
  • New graphics for brake lights
  • Interior revisions likely
  • Petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions
  • Possible W12-powered version
  • Expected on sale in 2022
  • Should cost from around £75,000

The Audi A8 is one of the most luxurious cars on sale – much like the recently updated BMW 7 Series and the all-new Mercedes S-Class. The current Audi A8 was introduced in 2018 and it’s now due a mid-life facelift.

As well as a new look, the updated A8 could bring a revised interior as well as new engine options. Read on to find out the latest about the new Audi A8.

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2022 Audi A8 design

As shown by this thinly-camouflaged Audi A8 prototype, the big saloon isn’t getting a huge overhaul — rather some tweaks to keep the design looking fresh. You can spot new bumpers and, at the front, a grille that takes on a new squared design instead of the outgoing car’s horizontal chrome slats.

Changes at the rear of the Audi A8 are more subtle, though look closely and you may spot new graphics within the taillights, but that’s about it.

The range-topping Audi S8 hasn’t been spotted in prototype form yet, though it isn’t expected to rock the boat much in the design department.

It should have a bit more of a meaner look than the regular Audi A8s, though, thanks to the subtly more aggressive bumper design and the quad exhausts poking out of the back.

2022 Audi A8 interior

The new A8’s interior should receive a few revisions compared with the outgoing car’s cabin (pictured)

There’s been no sight yet of the refreshed Audi A8’s interior, though expect it to be broadly the same as before with a few minor tweaks.

The biggest change to the new A8’s cabin is likely to come in the form of a revised infotainment system and new trim and materials personalisation options. Don’t be surprised if Audi manages to add a few more advanced driver aids and safety assists to the spec sheet, too.

Practicality shouldn’t change a  great deal compared with the outgoing car, meaning the new Audi A8 will have a pretty big boot and vast amounts of interior room. If you’d prefer an even more spacious cabin, the A8 is also set to get a long-wheelbase A8 L version that boasts even more back-seat leg room.

2022 Audi A8 engines

As with the exterior and interior, there shouldn’t be many surprises when it comes to the facelifted Audi A8’s engine range. The current car’s mild-hybrid 3.0-litre petrol and diesel V6 engines are set to be carried over pretty much unchanged, as will the big twin-turbo V8 that’s available in the range-topping S8 model.

This means the updated Audi A8 should have fairly similar plug-in hybrid options, too. Don’t be surprised if the facelifted A8 TFSI e ends up having a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine under the bonnet, and a battery pack big enough for up to 30 miles of electric-only driving.

Regardless of the engine under the bonnet, all versions of the Audi A8 are set to come with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

2022 Audi A8 price and release date

It’s expected the refreshed Audi A8 will be revealed in mid-2021 before going on sale late this year or in early 2022. Entry-level cars with a 3.0-litre petrol V6 engine will likely cost from close to £75,000, while high-spec S8 versions will set you back from around £105,000.

Long-wheelbase A8 L versions will likely carry a premium of around £5,000 over the standard-length models.

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