During the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, Audi told us that it would be bringing four new diesel-powered models to the United States this year. The first to arrive is the 2014 A8L TDI you see here, and we've now learned that the big oil-sipper will be priced from $82,500, (*excluding $895 for destination).

The whole new range of diesel models will be powered by Audi's 3.0-liter TDI V6, good for 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque in this application. Of course, Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, and even in the big A8, the diesel grunt will be enough to propel the long-wheelbase flagship to 60 miles per hour in 6.4 seconds (almost a full second slower than the A8 3.0T we reviewed last fall). That said, the A8 TDI should still be a pretty engaging steer, and considering the fact that this thing will reportedly return fuel economy figures of up to 36 miles per gallon on the highway (24 in the city), a slightly slower launch time is well worth it. (The A8 3.0T tops out at 28 mpg highway.)

Elsewhere in the segment, Mercedes-Benz offers a diesel version of its S-Class flagship, retailing for $93,000 and good for fuel economy figures of 21/31 mpg city/highway. By comparison, the A8 TDI seems like a steal, and we'll be interested to see where the forthcoming BMW 7 Series diesel falls into the class of huge oil-burning barges.

The 2014 Audi A8L TDI will hit showrooms in the US this spring. For the full details, scroll down to read the automaker's brief press blast.
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Audi announces pricing and fuel economy for 2014 Audi A8 L TDI® clean diesel

Pricing starts at $82,500 for the first ever 2014 Audi A8 L TDI® clean diesel with an EPA estimated fuel efficiency of 24 city/ 36 highway/ 28 combined MPG


The Audi A8 has set new standards for the luxury sedan in terms of interior and exterior design, technology, performance and efficiency. Now equipped with the new 3.0 liter TDI clean diesel engine, the 2014 Audi A8 L TDI represents a dramatic expansion of the flagship sedan and the first of four new TDI models to be introduced this year.

Starting at $82,500, the A8 L TDI clean diesel, with quattro® all-wheel drive, makes a powerful statement in achieving the best fuel economy in its segment with an EPA estimated 24/ 36/ 28 mpg (city/ highway/ combined), while at the same time generating an impressive 240 horsepower, 406 lb.-ft. of torque that seamlessly launches 0-60 MPH in 6.4 seconds.

For the 2014 Audi A8 L TDI, the package options were optimized to better reflect customer demand. The available Premium Package now consists of Audi side assist and pre sense rear, 22-way multi-contour comfort seats, font seat ventilation with massage and full LED headlights.

The A8 L TDI joins an expanding model line-up including the A8 3.0T, A8 4.0T, S8 4.0T and A8 W12. The A8 L TDI will be available in the long-wheelbase version only.

The 2014 Audi A8 L TDI will go on sale in early Spring 2013. Additional 2014 model year information and pricing for other models will be announced at later in the year.


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      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      i like the styling of the A8 and the various powertrains, but in person the exterior doesnt print as a flagship car.....compared to the S class and 7 series........i want to see something grand from audi on the next A8
      mr.vw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh come on Audi where's the A4 TDI, the allroad TDI would be perfect but yet again another great European product not available to North America.
      Brent Booth
      • 1 Year Ago
      They make 0-60 in 6.4 seconds sound slow. My first "fast car" (2004 Maxima) took 6-ish seconds, and I remember the first time I slammed the throttle... it brought a smile to my face. Granted the vehicle I had before was a truck and not particularly fast.
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brent Booth
        People these days are spoiled. Many don't realize that through the 80s, 0-60 in 6 seconds was near supercar fast. Today you can do that in a freaking Honda Accord. When you consider that this A8L is a big diesel sedan, weighing in at over 2 tons, and still managing to achieve 36MPG highway, 6.4 seconds to 60 is amazing.
      Vinuuz
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is good highway range.. this could make good sense to someone who travels a lot (as is the case with any prospective buyer of the diesel engined cars in the US).. For most people, the 3.0 T should suffice.
      Buckingham's
      • 1 Year Ago
      No wonder it's pronounced "OW-DEE"!
      Ayoub Tourabi
      • 1 Year Ago
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      TurboFroggy
      • 1 Year Ago
      $82K, OMG... Why would you buy this over a Tesla Model S 85KW which costs less, goes faster, has more cargo space and seats more people. I have had sevral TDIs in my day including a V10 TDI Touarag, but yikes that is a lot of money for a TDI.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        Because the Tesla is crap and the company is gonna go under? Because its an Audi? Because diesel torque?
          Zapbrannigan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Go under? Tesla are the only US luxury car company that has a waiting list of nearly 2 years - they can't build em fast enough. The tesla model s has made the s-class, 7 series and the A8 redundant. Also electric torque would muller a (turbo) diesels torque.
          Trevor
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          ""The tesla model s has made the s-class, 7 series and the A8 redundant.""" hahaha are you f"n serious????? The people who buy the flagship sedans are looking for interior luxury, and don't even try to tell me tesla is in the same category as these 3 because they sure as he|| aren't.
          ChaosphereIX
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          wow...you know nothing. I think in a torque battle, the Model S would smack the TDI...And Tesla is steaming ahead and only just starting to gather momentum now...wait a few years you will see. I also am a huge fan of Audis, but that alone is not a reason to get it over the Model S.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        it is an A8...they cost a lot
          Eta Carinae
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          yes, but now a days costing alot means you have to bring alot............with the tesla performance model S everything above mentioned is in fact alot for the money....not saying the A8 is a bad car.......but on the other hand @turboFroggy....i dont have to plug my A8 in and wait if i ever run out
        A_Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        That was definitely my thought as well. The Model S has completely changed my perspective of 'value' (speed, price, MPG), which is something I would have never thought I'd say about an EV.
        srDRIVEN
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        I suppose i would buy it if I ever wanted to travel more than 200 miles without having to plug in for hours. The Model S is brilliant, and i fully support Tesla, but I think we call recognize the issue of range anxiety is still a real one. Living in LA, charging seems more practical and prevalent (public stations, etc.), but that's simply not the case in the majority of the United States.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @srDRIVEN
          Now that Tesla is at full production they are bringing in lots of cash. It's going to be tight for a while but they are now making and selling as many cars as they can. Almost all of this years production is sold.
        Rob J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        I like the Model S. A lot. A whole lot. But I can definitely see why people would buy the A8 which is a proper luxury car from an established auto maker with a traditional engine and more space in the back seats. Believe it or not, most people who buy large sedans are thinking more about comfort and space than they are speed. And seriously, who the hell is actually filling up the already massive trunk of an A8...
        Zapbrannigan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        My thoughts exactly, Audi are 5 years too late bringing this car and diesel to the US. Just another German marque with no EV option. Plus diesel cars while fun to drive are DIRTY. Just go to any city in Europe, take a deep breath and you'll see how clean diesel really is,
          pmpjunkie01
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zapbrannigan
          But they are turning into the smog-spewing barges like they were from the seventies very quickly if not maintained meticulously. And if you're happy to pony up $1500 to have your coolant system checked and fixed right after the warranty is up, go for it.
          Winnie Jenkems
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zapbrannigan
          ^^ Has not driven a modern diesel. These are not the smog-spewing barges of the 70's. EV options are expensive and they don't sell. I'd take this and it's whopping 406 lb ft over any EV, hands down.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        @TurboF That was my first thought too. I want an EV for my next car though. The Audi will still win when it comes to luxury and features. The Model S will win in efficiency and sportiness. The Audi will win in refuel convenience and the Tesla will win in cost to refuel and the ability to charge up for no cost (Supercharger and solar panels). This Audi is still a great car for those that insist on using diesel/fossil fuel and sticking with the tried and true technology.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      A8 needs a V8. No sale.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seesh, for that price just get a Tesla Model S. If you have that kind of money, you already likely have a garage and installing a big charger is no problem. Spring for a car that'd be faster, cheaper to operate, cheaper to service, with less time spent maintaining it..
        Trevor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        The people who buy this vehicle are looking for LUXURY, something which tesla knows nothing about in terms of interiors.
          desinerd1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Trevor
          You are joking, right? German carmakers wouldn't know LUXURY if it hit them in the face.
          kEiThZ
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Trevor
          @desinerd1 You ever driven a luxury brand? I assure you that Audis are quite comfortable, compared to the Toyotas or Fords you are used to.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Turbofroggy said the same thing. I'd definitely buy a Model S for the price too. Plus you're buying American instead of German. I can see why others would choose the Audi though. I'm sure it's a good, maybe great, car. The Model S is brand new technology and some people still prefer cassettes and CD's to Ipods and streaming.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          That's the best you've got? Really? LOL. Are you 16? You act like it most of the time. Your attempt at an attack wasn't even on subject. Very sad. Truly you should see a mental health practitioner. For your personality disorder that you don't think you have.
        kEiThZ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I\'m a Tesla fan. Heck I own the stock. But one of my biggest criticisms of Tesla are their interiors. It\'s innovative to be sure. But doesn\'t scream luxury. More upgraded Volkswagen than Audi. Next, the A8L is really aimed at businesspeople. And half the time they are chauffeur driven. And businesspeople don\'t have time to go looking for charging stations on long drives, and then wait half an hour to get another 50% of juice. They would deem it an inconvenience if they have to do it, just once. Tesla can own this market when they upgrade their interiors, and offer more charging stations in Europe, all of North America, China and Japan.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kEiThZ
          I expect it for Model S 2.0 - a luxury upgrade. There are just too many people requesting it for Tesla not to go for it.
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Tesla Model S is suitable for shorter trips at most, it won't get even close to a 800 miles range of A8 TDI. And it's not as luxurious, there's no Audi's refinement.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've always been a Mercedes fan, but this is faster than the S350, gets better mileage, and undercuts it by over $10K. It is arguably the better looker as well. Well done, Audi. Well done.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how bland the exterior design looks. Cherry on top is the slow, underpowered diesel engine.
      Rob J
      • 1 Year Ago
      For the "baller on a budget"
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