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.

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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.

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