Audi’s fourth-gen A8 revealed
Here’s your first look at the all-new Audi A8.
Audi has just released these images in Germany and full details are still coming through.
Check out the all-new steering wheel design that Audi has adopted with its new saloon…
Earlier today we revealed that the new model would come with clever camera/scanning technology that reads the road ahead and adjusts suspension settings for optimal ride/performance.
That system also acts to help protect passengers in the event of a side-on collision.
The images show both the standard Audi A8 and the stretched Audi A8 L (as below).
In unveiling the fourth-gen car, Audi tell us the new A8 represents the future of the luxury class.
In the fourth generation, the flagship of the brand is once again the benchmark for technological advances - with a new design language, an innovative touch operating concept and consistent electrification of the drive.
In addition, the Audi A8 is the first production car in the world to be developed for highly-automated driving.
While the new A8 will be launched in Europe initially with two V6 turbocharged engines available.
These include a 3.0 TDI with 210kW and a 3.0 TFSI with 250kW, coming to the new A8 a little later (no timeline confirmed) will be a 320kW 4.0 TDI V8 320 kW and 338kW 4.0 TFSI V8.
Audi’s 6.0 litre W12 engine is also being promised.
The new A8 will also feature a clever mild hybrid system (details here).
Audi is boasting that the new car has a segment leading 41 driver assist systems.
An updated version of the Audi ‘virtual cockpit’ also features, including a 12.3″ display screen and a choice of ‘modern’ or ‘classic’ visual styles.
External dimensions of the new model have also just been confirmed - it is 37mm longer than the third-gen A8, and 13mm higher.
While the width of the car has decreased slightly.
Body torsional stiffness has increased by 24%, and the new-gen car boasts a 505 litre boot.
Audi has also confirmed that the new A8 will have the latest version of the brand’s sat-nav system - with a clever learning function that remembers where you’ve been.
In regards to the autonomous driving tech - the info from Audi is that the system, known as ‘Audi AI Staupilot’ is activated by a button located on the centre console.
The Staupilot manages to start, accelerate, steer and brake. The driver does not have to monitor the car permanently.
It can permanently remove the hands from the steering wheel and, depending on the applicable state regulations, devote itself to an employment supported by the car, such as watching the onboard TV.
As soon as the system reaches its limits, it asks the driver to take over the driving task himself.
The Staupilot is a revolution.
During the piloted journey, a central driver’s assistant control unit from the fusion of the sensor data constantly calculates an image of the environment.
In addition to the radar sensors, a front camera and ultrasound sensors, Audi is also the first automotive manufacturer to use a laser scanner.
To help power all the tech inside the new A8 Audi has introduced a more powerful 48V electrical system.
We’ll bring you more details on the 2018 Audi A8, including Australian pricing, availability and specifications as they come to hand.