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Audi unveils limited A8 Edition 21

Audi is celebrating over 20 years of its luxury A8 saloon, with a bespoke model - the A8 Edition 21.

Featuring a blend of design, technology and luxury from the recently revised A8 range, the A8 Edition 21 will be available in standard and Long Wheelbase formats. Featuring a tailored selection of interior and exterior styling enhancements setting this special model apart, these include the recently introduced Sport styling package. Creating a look that references the flagship S8 model, it comprises redesigned front and rear bumpers as well as pronounced side sills, and is normally reserved for standard wheelbase A8 models. Adaptive Audi Matrix LED headlights - which debuted as an option for the new generation A8 are also fitted as standard in conjunction with LED rear lights and dynamic indicators.

Also unique to this model are 20-inch double spoke alloy wheels with a titanium-look finish that complement the 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.

Building on the 'already extensive' SE Executive specification, which was recently further enhanced for A8 models, the Edition 21 includes 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. Illuminated door sill plates bearing the 'Edition 21' emblem add another degree of exclusivity, says Audi.

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.

Propelling the 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 to the road via an 8-speed tiptronic transmission linked to quattro permanent all-wheel drive, and acceleration to 62 mph takes 5.9 seconds. For long-wheelbase models, this increases slightly to 6.1 seconds, and both are capable of reaching an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Combined fuel consumption and emissions stand at up to 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 155 g/km in the standard wheelbase, rising to 159g/km and 47.1mpg for long wheelbase models.

Priced at £72,525 OTR and £76,490 OTR for the Long Wheelbase, a limited run of just 121 cars will be built for UK customers, and are available to order now, for a November 2015 delivery.