Available to order now, priced at €94,080 OTR, and due on Irish shores next January, the new 3.0TDI 260bhp will again constitute the majority of customer orders.
The efficient 3.0 TDI clean diesel increases from 250bhp to 260bhp but emissions fall 14g to leave it at 155g, which qualifies the engine for tax band 'C' or annual road tax of €390.
Of interest to Irish buyers will be the 4.2TDI, which has been upgraded to 385hp with 850nm of torque.
The barnstorming S8 tops out the range. Its 4.0 TFSI engine takes it from 0 to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds, yet cylinder on demand technology also renders it capable of up to 28mpg, corresponding to 225g CO2 per kilometre.