New Audi A8 Preview

New Audi A8 Preview

New Audi A8 Preview

Audi have unveiled the fourth generation A8 at the Audi Summit in Barcelona. The auto was unveiled at the Audi Summit in Barcelona. The side reveals a swooping roof line and a lengthened silhouette.

The design of the new Audi A8 draws heavy inspiration from the Audi Prologue concept which was showcased at the 2014 LA Auto Show.

This fourth-generation A8 is marginally longer and taller than the vehicle it replaces, with more space between its front and rear axles. At its centre is a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which, when off, blends nearly invisibly into the high-gloss black surround thanks to its black-panel look. Created by Marc Lichte, the A8 is significantly sleeker than the outgoing and still manages to ooze the sophistication and class you'd expect from the company's flagship sedan. Among them we can mention the "smart" navigation system with a self-learning function, optional head-up display, connectivity for smartphone, a wide range of cameras and sensors, audio system with 3D sound in the rear for the first time, and of course many more. The new model debuts a number of all-new features and clever driving technologies, while sporting a fresh and sharp new exterior design. Occupants can use voice commands to activate different features in the auto. Information on destinations and media is either available on board or is delivered from the cloud at LTE speed.

Those who do love driving will have a great time thanks to dynamic all-wheel steering, the sport differential with active torque distribution, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and Audi AI active suspension which can raise or lower each wheel separately. Audi claims the new A8 is the first series production road auto to have been developed expressly for what it describes as "highly automated driving". The 2018 A8 comes with Level 3 self-driving functions.

On highways at up to 60 km/h, the autonomous system can take full control of the vehicle and permits the driver to completely remove their hands from the steering wheel. This feature takes care of all driving inputs like starting, accelerating, steering and braking. The fact the firm's happy to state this shows how advanced it is - helped by Audi being the first auto brand to use a front laser scanner system here. The message? Audi is no longer anything so prosaic as a mere carmaker; this is a technology company that specialises in high-end mobility solutions.

The Audi AI system will also remote steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, broadcasting a live feed from the car's 360-degree cameras on your phone or tablet.

The A8 also offers a self-parking function, which drivers can operate using an app on their smartphones.

On launch, two engines will be available: a petrol 3.0-litre TFSI engine, which produces 340bhp, and a diesel 3.0-litre TDI engine, producing 286bhp.

Audi says two eight-cylinder versions - a 4.0 TDI with 320 kW and a 4.0 TFSI with 338 kW will follow slightly later. There's a brand-new infotainment system, fully active electric suspension, and a mild hybrid engine. The new system can double the range of high beams at speeds above 43 miles per hour, which is the point of activation. Audi says that this has helped them in improving the fuel efficiency by nearly 0.7 kmpl.

Also due soon after launch will be a plug-in hybrid which mixes a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine with a 30-mile electric motor to offer a combined output of 443bhp. The e-tron can optionally be charged wirelessly.

On sale from autumn 2017, with guide prices starting from €90,600 in Germany (that's around £80,000), the new A8 is 37mm longer and up to 17mm taller than the outgoing auto, but 4mm narrower.

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