Audi prices the A8 L TDI at $82,500 in the U.S. image

The first ever Audi A8 diesel offered in the United States has a starting price of $82,500, Audi has announced.

Equipped with the new 3.0 liter TDI clean diesel engine, the 2014 Audi A8 L TDI is the first of four new TDI models to be introduced this year in the United States. The A8 L TDI clean diesel, with quattro all-wheel drive, achieves the best fuel economy in its segment with an EPA estimated 24/ 36/ 28 mpg (city/ highway/ combined), while at the same time producing an impressive 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque that help the car sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds.

For the 2014 Audi A8 L TDI, the package options were optimized to better reflect customer demand. The available Premium Package now consists of Audi side assist and pre sense rear, 22-way multi-contour comfort seats, font seat ventilation with massage and full LED headlights.

The A8 L TDI joins an expanding model line-up including the A8 3.0T, A8 4.0T, S8 4.0T and A8 W12. The A8 L TDI will be available in the long-wheelbase version only.

The 2014 Audi A8 L TDI will go on sale in early Spring 2013. Additional 2014 model year information and pricing for other models will be announced at later in the year.