New Audi A8 luxury vehicle unveiled

Posted July 12, 2017

Perhaps Audi could have taken a few more risks with the car's design, but even within the traditionally conservative constraints of the big German limo sector there are enough subtle flourishes to mark this out as the work of very sophisticated minds. The fourth generation Audi A8 will go on sale globally this October. In 2018, the all-new A6 will be the next to get the refresh inspired by the promising Prologue concepts. This includes a new start-stop electrical system, which combines a 48-volt system and a belt-driven combination alternator, Audi aims to completely eliminate the frustrating delay in the conventional start-stop systems. A6 and A7 model lines will be redesigned as well. The A8's styling is accentuated by striking HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser lighting, and an LED light strip combined with OLED technology at the rear. They have made the new auto at least 37mm longer.

Audi has adopted the minimalist cabin approach and this shows with the lack of buttons inside. When the vehicle is switched off, its hard to decipher if there was a screen in its place at all. The HVAC touchscreen sits just ahead of the shift lever and tilts upward toward the front passenger, which should make it easier to use. The driver can be required to take back control at any time. Rear seat passengers can also get an optional foot massager that's built into the front seatbacks.

2018 Audi A8 Interior

Audi first unveiled the A8 series of cars back in 1994, in a bid to capitalise on growing interest in the full-size luxury sedan market - and to great success, it turned out.

One step closer to self-driving, Audi's AI traffic jam pilot takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 37mph on major roads where a physical barrier separates the two lanes. This essentially lets the driver relax while the vehicle battles out the maneuvers to be made during this process. Audi adds there are 41 different driver assistance systems, and the MMI can be set up for six different user profiles with up to 400 different functions. For instance, you now have a large, centrally-located 10.1-inch touchscreen display, which is a change from the rotary pushbutton and touchpad we saw from the new Audi A8's predecessor. Audi AI remote parking pilot and the Audi AI remote garage pilot autonomously steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, while the manoeuvre is monitored by the driver.

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The A8's various autonomous driving features will become available on the new Audi saloon during 2018. We spoke about it before as well. It powers the motors in the active suspension, and provides redundant backup power for the automated-driving systems. Yes, it happens so fast that you won't even notice anything, thanks to the 48V electrical system that powers the adaptive suspension system.

"We see it as a trial from which we can learn", said Audi UK's managing director Andrew Doyle. Two eight-cylinder engine, a 4.0 TDI from 320 kW (435 HP) and a 4.0 TFSI from 338 kW (460 HP) will be introduced at a later date. The range will then be completed by a 6.0-liter W12 delivering an undisclosed amount. Audi says it's still working out a framework to make the system is road-legal in this country. Furthermore, another petrol and a petrol-hybrid will soon join the bandwagon with the yet to be released S8 and e-Tron versions.

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