The fourth-generation Audi A8 has been presented by the German manufacturer.
This competitor of the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class is resolutely modern and prides itself on being the only car in the world to adopt a truly autonomous mode.
With this new Audi A8, automation reaches a level never before proposed
Even more statutory
The new Audi A8 features a more modern line, with rising proportions that further mark its membership in the premium segment.
The lines designed by Marc Lichte are dynamic and tense, to affirm a sportsmanship cleverly concealed under the air of limousine upscale.
With 5.17 m for the standard sedan compared with 5.30 for the extended wheelbase version, this Audi A8 imposes .
With the new visual identity of Audi, as well as chrome chopsticks on the periphery of the body, the limousine displays an undeniable standing.
The limo adopts a new lighting system Matrix Led, whose multitude of diodes automatically adapts to night driving conditions.
A revolutionary cockpit
The main evolution in the cockpit is at the level of the dashboard. The Virtual Cockpit, already adopted on the previous version, is evolving considerably . The surprise comes from the instrumentation completely masked in the absence of contact.
The black lacquered atmosphere impresses when you settle down at the wheel, it is of a remarkably refined sobriety. But once the contact is switched on, the display has better resolution than previous versions.
Passengers will feel like a real living room, thanks to a haute couture upholstery, as well as the appearance at the back of removable touch tablets, history to progress further towards a world more and more connected.
The fourth-generation Audi A8 adopts new gasoline and diesel engines. V6 TDI engines of 286 and V6 TFSI of 340 CV will be proposed initially.
But by the beginning of 2018, a 4.0 V8 TDI of 435 HP, as well as a 4.0 V8 TFSI of 460 HP will be available in the catalog.
The icing on the cake, the extended version will also be equipped with the fabulous W12 FSI engine of 6.0 liters current 2018 .
As for the Audi e-tron hybrid version, it will adopt a V6 TFSI coupled to an electric motor, which will be recharged by induction. In total, 449 HP and a range of 50 km in electric mode.
All engines will carry a ” light hybridization ” acting on the alternator and allowing to gain 0.7 liters / 100 km depending on the manufacturer.
An entirely revised suspension
The Ingolstadt company inaugurated a newly-designed pilot suspension called the ” Audi AI Active Suspension “ on its latest generation flagship .
Offered exclusively on the most upmarket models, this unprecedented suspension controls the attitude of the body, wheel by wheel. The addition of electric motors in the tubes of the anti-roll bars ?? in titanium ?? makes it possible to anticipate situations that may arise.
Clearly, these new suspensions fully manage the behavior of the car that gains agility in Dynamic mode and turns into a real carpet flying in Comfort mode. With this new system, the car does not undergo: it anticipates.
This new suspension system can be combined with a four-wheel steering system.
Even though autonomous driving has already been tested on many of the brand’s prototypes, the German manufacturer is entering a new stage with this latest generation.
In addition to the fully automated parking aid, the Audi A8 can park on its own, with or without driver on board, including in an enclosed area. garage type. But the appearance of a brand new All traffic jam system will allow the car to manage the traffic in complete autonomy in traffic jams .
Decidedly, Audi is taking a serious lead over the competition in terms of autonomous driving. The manufacturer already announces many possibilities, whose functions will be adjusted or deactivated according to the country. Even if the presence of a driver remains indispensable, Audi marks a step further towards the 100% autonomous.
– Lighting Matrix Adaptive Led.
– New suspension system.
– It takes another step towards autonomy.