The $210,000 A8 L 55 TFSI represents the top tier of the new fourth-generation A8 line-up. The long-wheelbase petrol 55 TFSI sits $3000 above the diesel 55 TDI version, and a full $15,000 over the short wheelbase version. 

The 55 TFSI comes with the same level of standard trim as the 50 TDI, but like most models at this end of the price scale, it’s easier to describe what equipment costs more rather than what comes standard. Like all Audis, there’s a bunch of options available. 

Aside from a handful of wheel choices, Alcantara headlining is available for $3600, all-wheel steering adds $4500, night vision will cost you $5200, an upgraded 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system will set you back $12,100, and laser headlights are available for an extra $13,200.

Five option packs start at $6690 for the 'Entertainment package' which brings multimedia to the rear seats, full leather can be had for $9950 as can the 'Sport styling package', a bunch of other niceties are added with the $11,000 'Premium plus package', and if you’ve already selected the rear seat entertainment system, you can also choose the $18,500 'Executive package' which brings individual reclining back seats, folding tables, rear passenger-side footrest and foot massage function among a few other treats. 

The A8 L 55 TFSI comes with a 3.0-litre turbo V6 petrol engine which produces 250kW/550Nm, and sends power to all four wheels with Audi’s Quattro system via an eight-speed (torque converter) auto. The official combined fuel consumption figure is an impressive 8.3L/100km.