2021 Audi A8 L Review: Expected Release Date, Prices, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow 

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July 14, 2020  at 1:48 PM

Audi A8L has been updated and equipped right and is now a wholesome choice if you want to go for an ultimate luxury car. But the ever so morph-able VW’s platforms. All we saw the last whole decade was more of refreshed and updated 2021 Audi A8 and not actually a new one, sadly that’s what a well-developed platform does. Nevertheless, it is a solid proposition.

The ongoing Audi A8 L ranks among the top five most luxurious sedans in the US, and the next year’s model will most likely be among the top three. New Audi enthusiasts may mistake this upcoming model for the A4.

The vehicle will encompass spacious interiors and fittings much better than its rivals 2020 BMW 740i xDrive and Mercedes-Benz S450 Sedan, especially with the massaging chairs on both rows. The vehicle would boast of numerous infotainment as well as driver assistance features.

What’s New?

  • Sport Style Package - 60 TFSI top trim
  • 22-way - Power-Adjustable Seats
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Surround-view camera

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2021 Audi A8 L?

The 2021 Audi A8 L might cost $85,200, and there are no updates from the manufacturer regarding the vehicle’s release date; however, we speculate that Audi might announce in the second half of this year.

What to expect in the engine department?

The base model of the 2021 Audi A8 L might cost $85,200 and come with a 3.0L turbocharged V6 capable of generating 335 hp at 5,000 rpm and 369 lb-ft torque at 1,370 rpm. It would have an 8-speed automatic transmission and would accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds or even less.

Both V6 and V8 trims would make use of a 48-volt hybrid system, and AWD would come as standard in all trims. The Audi A8 engine is smooth instead of sluggish, and its power output showcases no resistance or delivery delay upon acceleration.

If one drives the vehicle with windows up the extensive sound-deadening measures, make the engine sound completely inaudible. The newest plug-in hybrid comes with an amalgamation of V6, an electric motor, and a 14.1 kWh battery pack capable of delivering 443 hp.

Models

2021 Audi A8 L (55 TFSI)

2020 BMW 740i xDrive

2020 Lexus LS 500 AWD

2020 Mercedes-Benz S450 Sedan

Base MSRP

$85,200

$89,450

$ 78,670

$ 94,250

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged V6

3.0L Turbocharged Inline 6-cylinder

3.5L-Twin-Turbo V6

3.0L- Bi-Turbo V6

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

335 hp @ 5,000 rpm

335 hp @ 5,500 rpm

416 hp @ 6,000 rpm

362 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

442 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

0-60 (Sec)

5.3

4.8

4.6

5.4

Quarter Mile (Sec)

N/A

12.5

N/A

N/A

*2020 Data used for reference

The 0-60 mph acceleration of the 2021 A8 L might be third in ranking after the 2020 Lexus LS 500 AWD and BMW 740i xDrive and better than the Mercedes-Benz S450 Sedan. Meanwhile, the vehicle’s turbocharged V8 engine 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds. Therefore, it increases the sedan’s rank in the first place.

The base model engine of the 2021 A8 L would deliver more horsepower at a lower output than the BMW 740i xDrive; however, it still doesn’t do better than the Lexus LS 500 AWD and S450 Sedan. The torque of the sedan is identical to the S450 Sedan but at a lower output, and hence it is much better than the latter. It also produces more torque than the 740i xDrive but less than the Lexus LS 500 AWD.

How does the 2021 Audi A8 L handle?

The 2021 A8 L would showcase athleticism on the road and provide the utmost driving comfort. The base model also comes with driver-adjustable adaptive dampers and adjustable air suspension as standard, making the driving impression even better. The damped cabin makes the road bumps barely noticeable. The steering is numb, and the column vibrates the driver’s hands when driven on rough roads.

The V8 engine also comes with optional advanced active suspension. This feature would scan and recognize road bumps. It will then take compensatory measures against it. Unfortunately, the base suspension of the upcoming A8 L trim would diminish road irregularities with uncertainties. Also, the vehicle’s driving impression is not as smooth as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Audi A8 L deliver?

The 2020 A8 L 55 TFSI would most likely have a city, highway, and combined mileage of 17, 26, and 21 mpg. Its 21.7-gallon gas tank capacity would most probably have a maximum city, highway, and combined range of 412.3, 585.9, and 456 miles.

The V8 engine trims would deliver a city, highway, and combined economy of 15, 23, and 18 mpg. The plug-in hybrid might provide a city and highway mileage of 27 and 21, and a 54 MPGe combined gas & electric economy. Moreover, the sedan is only functional with premium gasoline.

Model

2021 Audi A8 L (55 TFSI)

2020 BMW 740i xDrive

2020 Lexus LS 500 AWD

2020 Mercedes-Benz S450 Sedan

MPG (city)

17

22

18

18

MPG (highway)

26

29

27

28

MPG (combined)

21

24

21

22

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

21.7

20.6

21.7

21.1

Range (city/highway) (miles)

412.3/585.9/456

412/576.8

390.6/585.9

400.9/590.8

*2020 Figures used for reference

The outgoing Audi A8 L lags significantly under fuel economy against its rivals, except for the Lexus LS 500 AWD. The fuel tank capacity and mile range are competitive with its competitors.

What to expect from the 2021 Audi A8 L interior?

The five-seater 2021 A8 L can be converted into a four-seater with one less rear seat and would come with power-adjustments, heating, ventilation, massage, heated foot-massage function, and dual entertainment tablets. It would also reduce power adjustment capabilities for the front passenger seat.

Buyers would find suitable quality materials and upgrade to leather and wood inlays. The A8 would showcase sober interior ambiance, and may not look as lavishing as the Mercedes S-class. The vehicle’s trunk Trunk would have a modest capacity of 12.5 cubic feet for a big luxurious sedan. However, some Audi enthusiasts speculate it would be 13.0 cubic feet.

Model

2021 Audi A8 L (55 TFSI)

2020 BMW 740i xDrive

22020 Lexus LS 500 AWD

2020 Mercedes-Benz S450 Sedan

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.3/59.1/41.5

39.9/59.2/41.4

37.3/58.8/41

42.1/59.7/41.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.5/57.6/44.3

38.9/57.7/44.4

37.3/56.4/38.9

39.2/59.1/43

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

12.5

18.2

16.9

12.3

*2020 Model used for reference

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The 2021 A8 L would consist of a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit, 10.3-inch upper screen, an 8.6-in lower display, MMI Touch Response system, elongated volume knob, and touchscreen controls. Other functions would manage navigation, telephone, weather, and radio.

Other interior tech features would include dual USB ports, integration with Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa. Owners can even add WiFi by paying subscription costs for the Audi Connect Plus. The base A8 trim would also comprise of a Bang & Olufsen 17-speaker 3D sound system and SiriusXM HD radio.

Owners can upgrade it to a Bang & Olufsen 23-speaker audio system. Buyers can even choose an Executive package which comprises of a signal booster and wireless charger. Additionally, the company provides optional glove compartment DVD player, dual rear-seat tablets, and an upgraded Audi Virtual Cockpit with map displays & infotainment features.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Audi A8 L?

The luxurious 2021 A8 L would comprise of a large single-frame grille upfront, curving LED headlights, wide hood, daytime running & fog LED lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, a power trunk lid, and a panoramic sunroof. Optionally, owners can replace the standard wheels with 20 or 21-inch stylized wheels and get black brake calipers with the higher 60 TFSI trim.

The 60 TFSI model would also come with the Sport Style package as standard. It would include a front-lip spoiler, 20-inch wheels, and chrome lower body cladding, matrix-design LED headlights and leather upholstery made of soft Valcona. The package would still come as optional for the base trim.

The A8 L trim would depict curves on its rear and overall showcase as an exemplary ethos example. The handsome vehicle would not look as bulky as other luxurious sedans but might take up sufficient parking space even with foldable mirrors. The V6 engine in the standard trim would be approximately 132 pounds lighter than the V8 high-performance engine in the 60 TFSI trims.

Model

2021 Audi A8 L (55 TFSI)

2020 BMW 740i xDrive

2020 Lexus LS 500 AWD

2020 Mercedes-Benz S450 Sedan

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,751

4,381 

4,938

4,553

Length (in.)

208.7

207.4

206.1

206.9

Width (in.)

76.6

74.9

74.8

63.9

Height (in.)

58.5

58.2

57.9

58.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.8

5.3

N/A

5.0

Wheelbase (in.)

123.1

126.4

123

124.6

Track Width (in.) F/R

64.7/64.3

63.3/64.6

64.2/64.4

63.9/64.5

*2020 Figures used for reference

The 2021 A8 L may be lengthier and wider than most of its competitors. It might showcase a competitive wheelbase, height, curb weight, and track width against its rivals. The vehicle’s ground clearance might be the lowest among its 2020 competitors.

Will the 2021 Audi A8 L be worth my money and time?

The 2021 Audi A8 L is the base trim of the model; however, its mightiness overtakes some of the best 2020 competitors like the BMW 740i xDrive, Lexus LS 500 AWD, and Mercedes-Benz S450 Sedan under specific segments. The vehicle would have significant interior and exterior enhancements compared to the present year’s trims; however, it may also have many similarities. Given its price, expected horsepower, torque, and mileage along with the exterior upgrades, it is worth waiting.

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