By Euro Weekly News Media • 29 August 2013 • 15:11
EXPRESSIVE: The A8 design has been polished.
AUDI has given its flagship, the A8, a wide-sweeping update.
The new A8 aims to place Audi among the innovation leaders in the luxury segment with its lightweight construction and a body made almost entirely of aluminum; an Audi Space Frame (ASF) design that only weighs 231 kilos.
Length, wheelbase, width and height remain unchanged in the new Audi A8, whereas additional noise damping measures reduce the already low interior noise level even further.
The dynamic design of the big sedan has become even more expressive. The engine hood, the single frame grille and the front bumper are even more sculptured.
New chrome strips and high-gloss black window frames round out the differentiating design details.
Audi offer the A8 on market with two petrol and two diesel engines. These are the supercharged 3.0 TFSI with 228 kW (310 hp), the V8 twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI with 320 kW (435 hp), the highly efficient 3.0 TDI clean diesel with 190 kW (258 hp) and the extremely high-torque 4.2 TDI clean diesel, which produces 283 kW (385 hp) and 850 Nm (626.93 lb-ft).
These variants are joined by three additional models. The top-of-the-line model is the luxuriously equipped Audi A8 L W12 quattro. Its petrol engine is particularly short and lightweight thanks to its W layout.
With 380 kW (520 hp), the S8 is Audi’s big sports sedan. Paired with quattro all-wheel drive, its sonorous 4.0 TFSI accelerates the S8 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.2 seconds.
The new Audi A8 can be bought from September and is scheduled to arrive at Spanish dealerships in November. Prices start at €85,300.
The Audi A8 hybrid combines a 2.0 TFSI and electric motor to produce a system output of 180 kW (245 hp) and system torque of 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft). The lithium-ion battery in the rear enables purely electric driving at up to 100 km/h with a range of roughly three kilometers.
The interior of the Audi flagship dazzles with its elegant lines and generous spaciousness. Options for the front seats include ventilation and massage.
A large number of additional features are also available, from four-zone automatic air conditioning and power-assisted closing to a cooler.
All components in the new A8 have been carefully chosen and processed with the utmost precision, say the manufacturers.
As is typical for Audi, the new A8 features exemplarily clear controls despite the abundance of functions with the MMI control element taking center stage is on the tunnel’s center console.
Audi connect including car phone is available as a supplement to MMI navigation plus. It uses an integrated UMTS module to connect the new A8 to the Internet.
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