Flagship sedan packs more standard gear than before

Audi has released pricing and preliminary specifications for its flagship A8 sedan, set to kick off at $192,000 before on-road costs when it touches down in July.

The range will kick off with the 50TDI quattro, a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel making 210kW of power and 600Nm of torque.

Sitting above the 50TDI is the 55TFSI quattro, packing 250kW and 500Nm from its petrol 3.0-litre V6. It'll be priced from $195,000 before on-roads.

Both diesel and petrol A8s will be offered in long-wheelbase guise as well, which is 130mm longer than the standard car and adds the option for a 'Relaxation Seat' with massaging function, a fancy massaging footrest, heating, and all the adjustment you could ever need.

Opting for the A8L adds $15,000 to each model's starting price, bumping the 50TDI to $207,000 before ORCs, and the 55TFSI to $210,000.

Audi hasn't revealed full specifications for the A8 – unfortunately, that'll have to wait until the car's launch in July – but we know all models will come with a full suite of active safety equipment, including adaptive cruise control with stop/go functionality, a surround-view camera, pre-sense at both ends, lane-keeping assist, a head-up display and collision avoidance assist.

Adaptive air suspension, with four ride height settings, and adaptive steering are standard, but you'll pay more for Audi 'AI active suspension' when it arrives in 2019. Also optional is dynamic four-wheel steering, designed to make what is a very big car feel smaller and more nimble.

Matrix LED headlights, a panoramic glass sunroof, MMI Navigation plus, the Audi virtual cockpit, a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system (17 speakers, 730W) and a rear-seat remote control are all standard. Audi is promising a 'range of high-value packages' to supplement the standard equipment, but we'll have to wait to see what's included in those.

The A8 is available to order now, with deliveries to kick off in mid-July.

Note: Overseas model shown

2018 Audi A8 pricing

  • A8 50TDI quattro – $192,000
  • A8 55TFSI quattro – $195,000
  • A8L 50TDI quattro – $207,000
  • A8L 55TFSI quattro – $210,000

All prices exclude on-road costs