New Audi A8 revealed - prices, specs and engines

New Audi A8 revealed - prices, specs and engines

Battered by its emissions scandal, Audi launched its latest technology-packed A8 luxury saloon on Tuesday, aimed at overtaking rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW as it struggles to overcome its biggest-ever corporate crisis. The other highlights include an all-new active suspension system driving each wheel indivudually to better neogitate road conditions. Interestingly, the driver need not be inside the vehicle for the system to work, as the park pilot feature can be triggered through the myAudi smartphone app. The Audi AI traffic jam pilot lets you give full control over to the auto in slow-moving traffic up to 37.3mph on freeways and highways - specifically, where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways.

Using six cameras, five radars, a dozen ultrasonic sensors and a front-mounted laser scanner, the fourth-generation A8 can map its surroundings and even park itself while its owner watches a surround-view display from a smartphone. According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, Level 3 automation is "the driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task with the expectation that the human driver will respond appropriately to a request to intervene". The new system manages starting, accelerating, braking and steering functions. The Audi A8 also has Level 3 autonomous driving capability.

As revealed previously, all A8s will come with an 48-volt electric system as their primary power network, used mostly to power the active suspension. Expect to see the 2019 Audi A8 in US showrooms in mid- to late 2018 with prices starting around the $100,000 mark. The suspension's actuators will be programmed so that they can get the data and actively control the electromechanical suspension system before the vehicle negotiates the bump.

The new Audi A8 will go on sale in Germany in October this year at a starting price of Euro 90,600 for the standard model and Euro 94,100 for the long-wheelbase A8L.

The new fourth-generation Audi A8 has been unveiled in the run-up to the start of worldwide sales in October.

2018 Audi A8 Interior

Parking pilot and garage pilot will also be introduced from 2018 into production models allowing drivers to start manoeuvres remotely from the myAudi app.

Even having many ongoing investigations and persistent pressure on its chief executive, Audi's release of the A8 creates an opportunity for a clean break during this crisis.

Later, there will be a long-wheel base Audi A8 L e-tron quattro with plug-in hybrid drive offering a 31-mile EV range. These include a duo of 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel engines, a 4.0-litre V8 diesel and a flagship 6.0-litre W12 petrol with 585bhp on tap. At that stage, the vehicle is is nearly totally in control all of the time without any human interaction and will only stop itself if there's a system failure or the conditions dictate that the human behind the wheel needs to take control. 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. Rear passengers can also control an array of functions such as ambient lighting, the new HD Matrix reading lights and seat massage, and can make private phone calls via a separate operating unit.

As far as engines go, the A8 will debut with a turbocharged V6 gasoline engine in a mild hybrid system.

Two additional engines, a 4.0-litre petrol and diesel, will be added soon after launch.




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