The new 2014 Audi A8 is available to order now, with prices starting from £58,800.  First deliveries are expected to arrive in January 2014.

The new Audi A8 features a restyled bonnet, grille and bumper to give a sharper look to the design.

It also benefits from Audi’s new Matrix LED headlights which use 25 separate LEDs per unit that can be controlled individually.  Combined with an on-board camera, the system can react to on-coming vehicles by masking the relevant section of the high-beam pattern while still illuminating the rest of the road ahead.  The system can even use data from the satnav system to shape the beam to best illuminate an approaching corner.

Also included are new ‘dynamic’ indicators which comprise a series of LEDs that illuminate sequentially at 20 millisecond intervals in a sweeping pattern.

Seven engines are available in the new A8.  The 3.0-litre TFSI petrol engine has had its power output boosted from 290PS to 310PS, while the V8 twin-turbo 4.0-litre TFSI jumps from 420PS to 435PS and also now incorporates cylinder-on-demand technology.  In the diesel range, the 3.0-litre TDI increases slightly from 250PS to 258PS, while the 4.2-litre TDI moves from 350PS to 385PS.

The price for the most luxurious model, the 6.3-litre 500PS W12 LWB, has yet to be announced, although Audi did confirm that cylinder-on-demand technology has enabled an improvement in its economy and emissions to 24.1mpg and 270 g/km.

The fastest model in the range, the Audi S8, is powered by a 4.0-litre TFSI developing 520PS.  It can sprint to 62mph in 4.1 seconds, and records efficiency figures of 29.4mpg and 225 g/km.

A hybrid model, powered by a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine mated to an electric motor, develops a combined 245PS and 480Nm of torque.  Its lithium-ion battery allows roughly 1.9 miles of electric-only driving at speeds of up to 62mph, and in normal use achieves 44.8mpg and 144 g/km of CO2.

Three trim levels are available – SE, SE Executive, and Sport Executive.  SE models now receive 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and high-beam assist, with Matrix LED headlights on SE Executive models.

Options include a Bang & Olufsen audio system, ventilated massage seats, powered footrests, and power doors.

2014 Audi A8 Prices

2.0 TFSIHybrid245£62,900
2.0 TFSI LWBHybrid245£66,865
3.0 TDI quattroSE258£58,800
3.0 TDI quattroSE Executive258£61,405
3.0 TDI quattroSport Executive258£65,005
3.0 TDI quattro LWBSE258£62,765
3.0 TDI quattro LWBSE Executive258£65,370
3.0 TDI quattro LWBSport Executive258£68,970
3.0 TFSI quattroSE Executive310£63,505
3.0 TFSI quattroSport Executive310£67,105
4.2 TDI quattroSE Executive385£72,005
4.2 TDI quattroSport Executive385£75,605
4.2 TDI quattro LWBSE Executive385£75,970
4.2 TDI quattro LWBSport Executive385£79,570
4.0 TFSI quattro LWBSE Executive435£75,370
4.0 TFSI quattro LWBSport Executive435£78,970
6.3 W12 LWBW12500TBC
4.0 TFSI quattroS8520£79,900