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Canadian International Auto Show

WHEN Feb 14-23, 2014 WHERE Metro Toronto Convention Centre URL

2015 Audi S8 and A8 pack a real punch at Toronto Auto Show [w/video]

Posted Feb 15th 2014 6:00PM


When it comes to delivering high performance luxury sedans, the horsepower hungry engineers at Audi sure know how to showoff their work with the new 2015 Audi S8 (and its lesser A8 counterpart) at the 2014 Toronto Auto Show.

Both the latest Audi S8 and A8 benefit from a series of stylistic, powertrain, and technology upgrades for this year. Among the most prominent, of all things, are the new Matrix LED headlights that can automatically lower the high-beams for oncoming vehicles, with integrated turn signals that light up to point in the direction the driver's about to turn. But that's hardly the end of the story.

For starters, its exterior design has been redone and reworked, with the most noticeable changes happening up front. The trademark 'gaping maw' grille is a little less gaping, while the headlights now feature a straight lower edge of LEDs, excising the old model's droopy-eyed look. Speaking of headlights, Audi now offers optional Matrix LEDs, the latest in headlight tech, with 25 individual elements per side that can be turned on or off and dimmed as the situation demands. The rear of the A8 has also been resculpted and looks very much inspired by the derrière of the A7, with a single chrome strip connecting the new LED taillights.

The entire Audi A8 line-up will offer a full suite of upgraded powertrains, with the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 now producing 310 horsepower (up 20 according to Audi, though down 23 compared to the NA-spec 2013 model). The twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 is now rated at 435 hp, a solid 20-horse increase that lowers the car's 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time to just 4.5 seconds. That's within spitting distance of the 520-hp S8's time of 4.1 seconds. That aforementioned S8 super sport sedan's engine remains unchanged for this year, as does the 6.3-litre 12-cylinder powerplant in the A8 L W12, but Audi's two diesel engines have both improved, with the 3.0-litre V6 producing an extra eight horsepower (256 total) and the 4.2-litre V8 gaining an extra 34 hp (385 hp) to go along with its more-than-adequate, though unchanged, 626.93 foot-pounds of torque.

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Audi appears to have the progressive turn signal for Canada in addition to the matrix LED headlamps, both of which are outlawed by US legislation. So great for Canadian customers.

March 12 2014 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply