Celebrating 20 years of the A8, Audi UK has introduced a bespoke model – the Edition 21. Limited to just 121 units, the A8 Edition 21 will be available in standard and Long Wheelbase formats priced at £72,525 OTR (INR 72 lakh approx.) and £76,490 OTR (INR 76 lakh approx.). First deliveries are expected to begin in November 2015.
The exteriors of the Edition 21 will benefit from the recently introduced Sport styling package, which comprises redesigned front and rear bumpers as well as pronounced side sills. Adaptive Audi Matrix LED headlights are also fitted as standard in conjunction with LED rear lights and dynamic indicators fore and aft.
Also unique to this model are 20-inch double spoke alloy wheels with a titanium-look finish. The A8 Edition 21 will be available with four exterior colour options, which include the Daytona grey pearl effect shade that is only normally available for the 520 PS S8. Privacy glass from the B-pillar rearwards is also standard.
Inside, the Edition 21 features a special interior design package from the Audi exclusive selection. Uniquely fitted as standard to this version, the package is available in two colour combinations; cognac brown with black contrasting stitching or black leather with red contrasting stitching.
Comfort front sports seats with memory function, 22-way adjustability and integrated pneumatic lumbar and side bolster support are fitted as standard. A black cloth headlining and three-spoke multi-function steering wheel complete the interior enhancements, along with exclusive illuminated door sill plates bearing the ‘Edition 21’ emblem.
In terms of infotainment and assistance systems, all Edition 21 models also gain access to the Audi connect portfolio of telephone and internet-based services to complement their HDD-based satellite navigation, plus a BOSE surround sound system in addition to the standard items fitted to SE Executive models. These include the Audi parking system advanced with reversing camera, a power-operated boot lid with hands-free opening and powered door closure.
Powering the A8 Edition 21 is an EU6-compliant 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine which produces 262PS and 580Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Power is channelled via an 8-speed tiptronic transmission linked to quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
The Audi A8 Edition 21 accelerates to 100 kph in 5.9 seconds (LWB – 6.1 seconds), and pulls till an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Combined fuel consumption and emissions stand at up to 47.9mpg and CO2emissions of 155 g/km in the standard wheelbase, rising to 159g/km and 47.1mpg for long wheelbase models.