2015 Audi A8 and S8 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Looks like: Audi's flagship gets a slight makeover
Drivetrain: 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine; 240-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6; 435-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with cylinder- deactivation technology; 500-hp, 6.3-liter 12-cylinder; 520-hp, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine (S8); all pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

Audi's already luxurious and stylish flagship sedan is getting a makeover for 2015 with a horsepower bump and updated front- and rear-end styling. Both the regular 2015 Audi A8 and its performance-oriented S8 sibling make their debuts at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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2013 Audi A8: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: A V-6 and new V-8 are added
  • Price change: $6,530 lower 
  • On sale: V-6 and W12 models available now; V-8 in summer; S8 in fall 
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If you're looking for a more affordable A8, you should wait.
  • For the 2013 model year, the Audi A8 gets a series of new engines and trims, bringing down the model's overall starting price.

    The 2013 A8 now has four engine choices instead of two. The new A8 can be equipped with a carryover 500-horsepower, 6.3-liter W12 or two new engine offerings: a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 (replacing last year's 4.2-liter V-8) or a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. A new Audi S8 model is equipped with a 520-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. Both 4.0-liter V-8s come equipped with cylinder deactivation, which turns the V-8 into a four-cylinder under certain conditions. All the models are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

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    Typical of Audi, the higher-powered S variants of the A6, A7 and A8 have modest visual changes, but all three cars look aggressive to start, so I wasn't left hankering for more flair.

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