Sports cars are great and SUVs impressive, but when it comes to rides that make their occupants seem important, ain’t nothin’ beats a big luxury sedan. Whether it’s a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or a BMW 7 Series, a Bentley Mulsanne or a Rolls-Royce Ghost, luxury sedans with large wheelbases and even larger pricetags are the ride of choice for the rich and important—the sort of cars chosen by the people who sculpt the world we live in. And few sedans capture that sense of subtle power quite like the Audi A8 and Audi S8.
For the 2015 model year, Audi’s given the A8 a substantial refresh designed to bring it better in line with competitors like the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. A resculpted front end gives the car a more aggressive stance, with a choice of xenon or two kinds of LED headlamps—the more advanced of which can individually deactivate any of the 25 LEDs that make up each of the headlights’ high beams in order to keep from blinding oncoming traffic. (Sadly, an arcane U.S. law keeps these headlamps from the States.) The headlights can even begin to angle their beam in advance of oncoming turns, based on the navigation system’s knowledge of the road.
In addition, while the regular A8 and the S8 stays the same, the A8 L models are now five inches longer, to create even more room for the ballers and leaders who usually occupy those rear seats. Add in the slight tweaks Audi’s made to improve engine power and efficiency and a refreshed selection of high-tech safety and convenience features (like a self-parking feature, and the ability to steer the car back into its lane if it wanders) and a host of new interior luxury options designed to make the guts even classier, it seems the 2015 Audi A8 and S8 will hold onto their position as some of the freshest rides on Earth for the world’s power brokers. [via Audi]