New Audi FLAGSHIP unveiled
Audi has ripped the covers off its new generation A8 flagship model at a design festival in Miami with full production due soon.
THE European on sale date is some time in the first quarter of 2010. As expected, this model features innovative technologies, high levels of comfort and tidy driving dynamics.
Like the previous model, new generation A8 has a lightweight aluminium body coupled with even more powerful and fuel efficient engines.
The drive experience is enhanced by what Audi calls a multimedia interface ( MMI) operating system, new driver assistance systems, full LED headlights and luxury interior.
With the arrival of the A8 3.0 TDI, Audi will lead the luxury segment with the lowest fuel consumption rate of 6.0 litres/100km and a CO2 emission of 159g/ km.
Audi is pitching the new A8 as the sportiest sedan in its segment which will undoubtedly generate some strong responses from competitors.
The aluminium Audi Space Frame ( ASF), weighs almost 40 per cent less than a comparable steel structure.
The interior features a spacious design and uncompromising high-quality workmanship, including electrically-adjustable rear passenger seats.
The multimedia interface ( MMI) features a pioneering touchpad innovation, allowing the driver to control functions such as entering a navigation destination by tracing the letters on the pad.
MMI navigation plus is networked with the new Audi A8s advanced driver assistance and safety systems.
It follows the route in advance during driving and provides the data to the control units for the automatic transmission, the headlights and the adaptive cruise control with a stop and go function.
Safety systems include night vision assist with marking of detected pedestrians, Audi pre-sense safety system and speed limit display all make their debut on the new A8.
As do full LED headlights, which use light emitting diodes for light functions.
At launch, the new Audi A8 will feature two engines, a 4.2 petrol V8 with 273kW and a 4.2 diesel V8 packing 258kW. A 3.0 diesel V6 with 184kW will follow. Each engine has increased power and torque but fuel consumption has dropped by 13 to 22 per cent.
A second variant of the 3.0 diesel V6 will also become available. It features 150kW of power, drives the front wheels and consumes a mere 6.0-litres per 100km in the EU driving cycle.
A new tiptronic eight speed automatic makes its debut on the new A8.
The chassis enhances the dynamic driving appeal of this luxury sedan.
Distribution of the axle loads is balanced, with the all wheel control arms made from aluminium.
Adaptive air suspension together with adaptive damping is always on call as it forms part of the standard Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system.