A luxury saloon with technology that will echo throughout the range for years to come - The new Audi A8 is a luxury saloon that will soon be hitting our roads with new technology, driver convenience and autonomous features.
The all new Audi A8 will be available to order in September, with deliveries expected for the end of the year. After its recent public debut at this autumn's Frankfurt Motor Show, the new A8 will gain loads of new technology that Audi says will shape future models over the next few years.
Going up against the likes of the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes S-Class, the A8 is likely to come with a price tag of around £70,000.
The new Audi A8 comes in slightly bigger than the outgoing model. The new A8 is 37mm longer than previous, although it's now slightly narrower than the old A8.
There are also various other changes with the new Audi A8, such as a more stylish and up-market interior as apposed to the dated interior in the outgoing model. Audi has also updated the A8's exterior style to match the brand's new design language, sporting a more squared grille, longer horizontal lines on the grille to extenuate the width and sharper lines around lighting and throughout the body work.
So, what else is new on the 2017 Audi A8?
The new Audi A8 will go on sale this September, so we can expect to see it on our roads towards the back end of the year.
Pricing is still yet to be confirmed but it's estimated to cost over £70,000, a significant jump in price over the outgoing model which would've set you back £65,000 for the entry-level price.
The exterior styling of the new A8 is the latest model to benefit from Audi's new design language. A more square grille features, allowing for longer horizontal intakes which makes the front of the car look wider and more modern.
Sharper lines can also be seen throughout the bodywork to enhance the new look and give off a wider look, along with headlights and break lights also getting a squarer design to match the rest of the range.
Long horizontal lines also feature on the rear of the new A8, in the form of an LED strip leading on from the break lights, using OLED technology which create light animations as the driver approaches and leaves the car.
In both standard form and the long-wheelbase A8 L configuration, the wheelbase is now slightly longer - 37mm - than the outgoing model. Although slightly longer, the A8 is actually narrower than the outgoing model, despite it looking wider; due to the enhanced body lines and accentuated grille.
The interior of the new Audi A8 has grown quite a bit due to the increase in length, meaning more leg room for rear passengers and more space in the front. With the 10.1-inch screen and 8.6-inch display added, the interior is a lot more simple and more modern.
The secondary 8.6-inch display controls ventilation and heating in the car whilst the 10.1-inch display is the hub of the car's infotainment system.
Audi has also made use of voice control to make it easier for the driver to do simple tasks without taking their eyes off the road. Simple phrases can be used to set destinations on the SAT-NAV, change media or radio station.
The Audi A8 is rumoured to bring Level 3 autonomous technology, allowing the car to start up, accelerate, steer and brake on any road where there is a central barrier between traffic.
The beauty of this technology means that the driver would be able to get on with other tasks whilst the car does the hard work. Although! In the UK you wouldn't be able to do this so you'd have to wait a few years before installing Netflix on your infotainment system.
The autonomous system is called Traffic Jam Pilot and works at speeds of up to 37mph - where permitted - and in the future will be able to take over the car whilst the driver can sit back and relax. It works by using 12 ultrasonic sensors that are used all around the exterior of the car and four 360-degree on the front, rear and side mirrors to help the car build up a picture of the road and its surroundings to plot where it is going and at what speed.
Diesel takes up a large part of the Audi A8's engine line-up. With better, more efficient cars becoming more and more popular, every version will get some form of electric drive-train. The stock option for buyers in the UK is a newer version of Audi's previous 3.0-litre V6 TDI, with an output of 282bhp.
Not so long after its launch, a V8 diesel will be available, producing 429bhp. A petrol option is available for UK customers, although, it is a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6, outputting 335bhp.
As mentioned above, all of the Audi A8s will benefit from some form of electric power, Audi has used a 48-volt electric motor to power a hybrid system, letting the car coast without using the traditional engine. The hybrid system will also kick in to assist the engine when the car sets off.
Also expected, not so long after the model's launch is the A8 L e-tron Quattro, making use of a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine, combined with an electric motor - outputting 443bhp. The e-tron will be primarily a plug-in hybrid, although Audi will be using it as a bit of a test to try to introduce wireless charging.
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