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All-New Audi A8 Combines Sophistication With Sleek Style Finally, after years of testing, months of teasers and days of eager anticipation, the all-new Audi A8 has officially premiered at the Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain. As we previously learnt, the new A8 will make use of a 48-volt electrical system and therefore adopts a number of advanced technologies, including a fully active, electromechanical suspension system and is said to be the first car on the market that offers level 3 autonomous driving. The aforementioned suspension system works thanks to an electric motor on each wheel and incorporates a rotary tube and an internal titanium torsion bar and lever that can apply up to 1,100 Nm (811.3 lb-ft) of torque on the suspension courtesy of a coupling rod. This system then works in conjunction with the luxury sedan’s front camera which detects bumpers and allows the suspension to automatically adjust to offer the smoothest ride possible. Audi says this system will be able to eliminate almost all vibrations and jolts. 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. Like its rivals, the new A8 includes remote parking which can be operated via a remote, even without any occupants seated inside.

In terms of its design, the A8 is heavily inspired by 2014’s Prologue Concept and brings a new Audi design language into reality. 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.

At the front, Audi has integrated a set of thin horizontal headlights with LED daytime running lights seamlessly incorporated within. Additionally, the front is made of up an enlarged chrome grille. Audi says that it has also designed a sleek roofline for the car, allowing it to achieve a “coupe-like” shape. There is also an elegant line running the length of the car on both sides.

The rear meanwhile incorporates overhauled taillights dramatically different to those of the outgoing model. Perhaps the most obvious change are the twin LED taillights which incorporate a light bar stretching the width of the rear. Altogether, the design of the new A8 isn’t quite as revolutionary as the Prologue was but it is certainly modern enough to rival the existing Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series. In Germany, the new A8 will initially be offered with two V6 turbo engines, a 3.0-liter TDI and a 3.0-liter TFSI. The diesel engine will deliver 286 hp while the petrol powertrain will offer up 340 hp. Further down the road, a 4.0-liter TDI V8 with 435 hp will be introduced alongside a 460 hp 4.0-liter V8. The range will then be completed by a 6.0-liter W12 delivering an undisclosed amount. All five engines operate alongside a belt alternator starter thanks to the 48-volt electrical system. This means the new A8 can coast with the engine switched off and restart smoothly when required. Audi says that this alone can drops fuel consumption by as much as 0.7 liters per 100 km in real driving conditions. At a later date, an A8 L e-tron quattro will hit the market. It will combine a 3.0-liter TFSI engine with an electric motor to deliver 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to its lithium-ion battery, it will also have an all-electric range of about 50 km. German prices for the new A8 will start at 90,600 euros ($103,248) in Germany while the A8 L kicks off at 94,100 euros ($107,236).

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2018 Audi A8 vs. Audi 2014 Audi A8 - Old vs. New

Audi has unveiled the highly anticipated 2018 Audi A8 in Barcelona. Here’s how the 2018 Audi A8 compares with the 2014 Audi A8 on paper.

The all-new Audi A8 is longer and taller, but narrower than the outgoing model.

With the redesign, the Audi A8 has entered its fourth generation. The flagship saloon features an evolutionary design for a more sophisticated and elegant look. The all-new A8 has grown by 37 mm in length and 13 mm in height, and its wheelbase has seen an increment of 6 mm. The car’s width, however, has reduced by 4 mm. The same changes apply to the long-wheelbase version, except the height, which has increased by 17 mm. The interior length has grown by 32 mm.

The 2018 Audi A8’s structure is made of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), magnesium, aluminium and steel. Besides using such lightweight materials in construction, Audi has also employed new front seats that shed over 4 kg.

The notably wide Singleframe grille which is flanked by HD Matrix LED headlights, as well as the 21-inch wheels and the OLED rear lights are among the 2018 Audi A8’s eye-catching exterior traits.

Like the exterior, the interior draws inspiration from the Audi prologue concept and has a clean layout.

The cabin is more high-tech with three displays now at the front. The instrument cluster is a 12.3-inch full-HD (1,920 x 720 pixels) screen we know as the Audi virtual cockpit. On the centre console, there’s a 10.1-inch (1,540 x 720 pixels) curved touchscreen display for handling the car’s primary functions in the upper portion. Below that, there’s an 8.6-inch (1,280 x 660 pixels) screen on the centre tunnel console for the air conditioning and comfort features’ controls. This display also offers the convenience of entering texts via either a keyboard or by handwriting recognition.

That is not all; there are two Audi tablets with full-HD 10.1-inch screens for the Rear Seat Entertainment system. The rear seat remote has a full-HD 5.7-inch OLED touchscreen display. The removable unit is placed in the centre armrest.

The 2018 Audi A8 is the world’s first series-production car with highly automated driving. It offers the driver the convenience of autonomous driving in traffic jams on highways at speeds up to 60 km/h. Twelve ultrasonic sensors, a 360-degree camera system, a front camera, four mid-range radars, a long-range radar, an infrared camera and a laser scanner work together to accomplish this. The driver has just to tap the AI button on the centre console, and the traffic jam pilot will handle the start, acceleration, steering and braking functions.

The all-new Audi A8 is electrified as standard. The range starts with 340 hp 3.0-litre TFSI petrol and 286 hp 3.0-litre TDI diesel V6 engines. 460 hp 4.0-litre TFSI petrol and 435 hp 4.0-litre TDI diesel V8 engines will follow later. A 585 hp 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine tops the range. These engines work in conjunction with a belt start alternator (BAS), the core of the 48V electrical system. Mild-hybrid tech allows the car for coasting with the engine switched off at speeds of 55-160 km/h for up to 40 seconds. Audi’s German website mentions 30 km/h which we suppose applies only to the domestic market.

The all-new Audi A8 L e-tron Quattro will join the range at a later date. Its 3.0-litre TFSI and electric motor together produce 449 hp and 700 Nm of torque. There’s a lithium-ion battery beneath the luggage compartment for storing 14.1 kWh of energy. In pure electric mode, the driver can accelerate the A8 L e-tron Quattro at speeds of up to 135 km/h and can cover about 50 kilometres.

The cabin is more high-tech than ever before. There are three displays now at the front, as opposed to one before.

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The 2018 Audi A8 will reach the German market in late fall 2017. Prices will start at €90,600 for the A8 and at €94,100 for the A8 L. The V8 and W12 engine options, as well as the e-tron Quattro plug-in hybrid variant will follow in 2018. As before, production takes place at the Neckarsulm site in Germany.

2018 Audi A8/2018 Audi A8 L – Dimensions

  • Length – 5,172 mm (A8)/5,302 mm (A8 L)
  • Width – 1,945 mm
  • Height – 1,473 mm (A8)/1,488 mm (A8 L)
  • Wheelbase – 2,998 mm (A8)/3,128 mm (A8 L)

2018 Audi A8/2018 Audi A8 L – Engines

  • 3.0 TFSI petrol- 340 hp and 500 Nm of torque
  • 3.0 TDI diesel – 286 hp and 600 Nm of torque
  • 4.0 TFSI petrol – 460 hp*
  • 4.0 TDI diesel – 435 hp*
  • 6.0 W12 petrol – 585 hp and 800 Nm

2018 Audi A8 L E-Tron Quattro – Specifications

  • Primary source of power – 3.0 TFSI petrol engine
  • Secondary source of power – Electric motor
  • Maximum system power – 449 hp
  • Maximum system torque – 700 Nm
  • Battery type – Lithium-ion
  • Battery capacity – 14.1 kWh
  • Pure electric range – ~50 km
  • Pure electric top speed – 135 km/h

*Maximum torque output figures not available yet.

2018 Audi A8 vs. 2014 Audi A8 – Image Gallery

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Audi has unveiled the highly anticipated 2018 Audi A8 in Barcelona. Here's how the 2018 Audi A8 compares with the 2014 Audi A8 on paper.

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New Audi A8: price, specs and release date

  • New Audi A8 luxury car revealed
  • Improved performance and efficiency
  • First ever use of level 3 autonomous driving tech
  • All-wheel steering improved stability and manoeuvrability

Audi has pulled the covers from the latest A8 – its luxury car competitor to the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series. Its new model wades into battle with subtly evolved styling, enhanced performance and efficiency, along with the first production application of level 3 autonomous driving tech.

Audi A8 styling

If you saw the old A8, the new one won’t look like much of a departure. It’s still defined by long, muscular bodywork with a crease that along the lower edge of the doors serving to break up the metalwork. The roof is quite curved but there should be more than enough room for six footers to sit in the back in comfort.

The front has a wide front grille with pointed headlights either side. The brakelights are now joined by an LED strip that stretches over the boot lid, serving to enhance the visual width of the rear. Beyond that, it’s quite understated with handsome styling but few chintzy details detracting from the overall look.

Audi A8 interior

Luxury cars live or die on their interiors and the A8’s cabin makes a good case for itself. The inside of the upcoming model is refreshingly button-free and, for the first time on an Audi, the physical climate controls have been replaced by a lower touchscreen that, combined with the Virtual Cockpit and standard MMI infotainment display, means there are three separate screens in the front cabin. Buttons on the touchscreen are made easier to use with the inclusion of touch feedback – a small vibration through the screen giving the impression of a physical button – while the lower screen can be used to spell out words and destinations using your finger.

The back is still the best place to sit, however. Rear passengers are treated to enormous amounts of leg and headroom along with a centre armrest that’s bristling with controls handling the seat massagers, phone calls, infotainment functions and even a LED reading light. You can fit an optional relaxation seat to the long-wheelbase A8L version – this includes a footrest attached to the back of the front seat that can heat and massage your feet at the touch of a button.

Unsurprisingly, there’s loads of tech on display and behind the scenes. Audi claims the voice recognition software is now much more intelligent, allowing owners to control functions with a more natural conversational tone. The sat-nav uses information downloaded over the car’s built-in mobile internet connection combined with traffic sign recognition and Audi’s own data from its fleet to devise the smartest route possible at a given time. The sat-nav can also learn based on the driver’s behaviour to further optimise routes.

Audi A8 driving and engines

The headline feature of the new A8 is its level 3 autonomous driving functions – like other executive cars it can steer, accelerate and brake itself through traffic where the opposing lane is separated by a central divider at speeds of up to 37.3mph. Where it differs from other systems is that it doesn’t need you to actively monitor its progress by keeping your hands on the wheel – you are able to take your eyes off the road and do something else while the car takes care of everything. Should you be required to take over, the car will sound a series of alarms to notify you. Similar systems permit the A8 to enter and leave parking spaces on its own via the use of a smartphone app without the driver even being seated in the car.

Whether you or the computer is driving, the A8 will stay comfortable thanks to new active air suspension. This system ensures optimum comfort at all times or, at the flick of a switch, can be set to hunker the car to the road surface for a more sporty driving experience. There’s also four-wheel steering that enables the car to be more stable at high speeds and more manoeuvrable at low speeds which, combined with the sports rear differential and standard all-wheel drive, generates enormous levels of grip in all driving conditions.

Entry-level A8 models use either 3.0-litre V6 petrol or diesel engines with 340 and 286hp respectively. More powerful models will use V8 petrol or diesel engines for up to 460hp or, if you’re looking at top-of-the-range models, a W12 petrol engine will feature in A8L models. An e-tron plug-in hybrid model will use a 3.0-litre petrol V6 mated to an electric motor for a total of 449hp – despite the great performance, it can rely on battery power alone to cover 31.1 miles and can be recharged wirelessly from an inductive charging pad fitted to your garage floor.

The new car will also be offered in long-wheelbase A8L form

Audi A8 price and release date

Audi says the A8 will cost from €90,600 in Europe – roughly £80,000 in the UK, a big jump compared to the £65,000 entry-level price of the old model. The firm hasn’t confirmed UK pricing yet, however, so this could change later on. It’ll go on sale towards the end of autumn 2017.

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All-New Audi A8 Delayed a Year to Get Autonomous Technology Audi has postponed by one year the introduction of the all-new A8 flagship luxury sedan in order to make it the brand’s first car capable of autonomous operation. The new Audi A8 will not arrive before late 2017, according to a report from Autocar which cites insiders saying that the automaker has been stretched to the limit designing the new electronic architecture that will accommodate “piloted driving”. According to the sources, this is one of the reasons why the new A8 has been delayed. The upcoming luxury sedan will introduce advanced assisted driving technology, including an autonomous function on motorways at speeds of up to 40 mph (64 km/h). Audi has very high ambitions with the new A8, with the sources describing it as a “technical masterpiece” aimed at beating the segment’s leader, Mercedes’ S-Class. For its piloted driving technology, the upcoming Audi A8 will make extensive use of “cloud computing,” which means it will communicate constantly with mainframe computers, uploading information about road conditions as well as downloading previously uploaded data. This data will be stored in the mainframe computers, allowing other VW Group cars to access it. The model will use a large number of sensors that will give it a 360-degree coverage, including long-range radar, laser scanners and monovideo cameras facing forward, medium range radar facing rearwards and ultrasonic sensors on each side.

As for the upcoming A8’s looks, it will be Audi’s first model to get the all-new styling language previewed by the Prologue Concept (pictured). The new A8 will be the first car designed from scratch by new design chief Marc Lichte.

“The next A6 and A7 will also have this look. In the A8, there will be a lot of features from the Prologue. The face and the interior in particular; I’m not a fan of concept cars that are too spectacular, so that’s why you’ll see so much of this design in the new cars,” Audi CEO Ulrich Hackenberg said.

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