New Audi A8 - When Future Meets Luxury
|   Sunday, July 30, 2017
Perhaps the aesthetic evolution of the bodywork does not seem as it should, but the new Audi A8 hides a technological arsenal that makes it more capable than the previous generations to impose itself on elitist rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7 Series.

Rear lights are the greatest design change compared to the former generation, meaning that the two OLEDs optic blocks are now joined by a light band traversed by a chrome element.
All that makes the new A8 look as somber as we knew it, but with a touch of avant-garde ideas.

The most radical change is seen in the passenger compartment. We can say, without reservation, that the Audi A8 has the most modern cockpit of the three German premium limousines. If the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is sumptuous, and the BMW 7 Series may seem even classic, the Audi A8 proposes the most futuristic driving position.

This extensive replacement of classic buttons with screens and tactile surfaces is complemented by the evolution of voice commands and the LTE internet connection. Of course, one can also opt for a head-up display system to display information on the windscreen.

Passengers in the rear seats are treated very well in particular. As with the BMW 7 Series, the front right rear seat backrest includes a footrest for the rear passenger. But it also adds two pampering functions. The backrest heats up, and massages the right rear passenger's feet.

Another similarity to the BMW 7 Series would be the removable OLED display tablet in the center console behind. From this console functions such as seat massage, air conditioning, HD Matrix reading lights, etc. are controlled.

The Audi AI traffic jam system allows the A8 to drive itself in slow traffic up to 60 km / h. The car performs autonomous acceleration, braking, and maintaining direction. Audi stresses that this system is designed for roads or highways where both directions of travel are separated by physical separators. The driver can fully take his hands off the steering wheel and even turn his attention to other activities, such as watching TV (a feature included in the car's infotainment system).
This system will be introduced gradually from 2018 onwards and will depend on the legislation in each country.

The new Audi A8 will be launched in the German market at the end of this fall, starting at 90,600 euros for the short wheelbase version and from 94,100 euros for the long wheelbase (A8 L). The basic engines will be a V6 turbo, diesel (3.0 TDI, 286 hp) and gasoline (3.0 TFSI, 340 hp). The 8-cylinder engines will be 4.0 TDI (435 hp) and 4.0 TFSI (460 hp). We also get a W12 engine with a displacement of six liters and 585 hp.

All engines have a soft hybrid technology facilitated by the 48-volt electric system. This allows the engine to stop running when coasting, for example.
In addition, the start / stop function is extended and the energy regeneration function has a capacity of up to 12 kW. Audi says all these features help reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.7 l / 100km in real-time traffic.

The propulsion range will be complemented with the A8 L e-tron quattro hybrid plug-in model. Its propulsion is composed of the 3.0 TFSI engine and an electric motor, which together produce 449 hp and a torque of 700 Nm. The lithium-ion battery of the car allows it to run in 100% electric mode up to 50 kilometers. Audi announces that its recharging will also be wireless too.











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