Audi India launched the 2014 Audi A8L facelift recently. Here's a specification sheet comparison of how the A8 stacks up with its rivals. Note that Audi India have not passed on the prices of all variants to its dealers.
The A8L petrol comes with a 4.0-liter Bi-Turbo V8 engine and is down on displacement, power and torque compared to the S500L, 750Li and the XJ 5.0L. However, the Audi is the quickest to reach 100 km/h taking only 4.6 seconds, while the electronically-limited top-speed of 250 km/h is consistent with all the other cars here. At 10.86 km/l, the Audi is the least fuel efficient, not that it should matter to its owners though.
We wish to point out to our readers that Mercedes India is yet to launch the S Class diesel. We have used the specifications of the S350L BlueTec variant as seen in its European spec, though the same engine will likely power the S Class diesel in India.
The refreshed A8 is available with a 3.0-liter V6 or a 4.2-liter V8 diesel engine. The 3.0-liter variant is evenly matched to the rest of its competitors in terms of power, torque, acceleration and top-speed. The A8L 3.0 is priced at INR 1.11 crores (ex-Showroom, Mumbai) while the 730Ld is priced at INR 97.5 lakhs. Prices of the S Class and XJ are unavailable (as the Indian-assembled XJ is yet to have its market launch).