Audi enthusiasts all around the world are waiting in anticipation for the latest offering from the German luxury carmaker; the 2017 Audi A8, which will be released later this year.
The Audi A8 boasts a number of new high-tech features such as driving autonomy and remote parking. Here is what you can expect from the luxury saloon.
The A8 marks the first time that Audi will be integrating its AI technology in one of its commercial cars. The technology has the ability to control certain aspects of the car’s functionality, such as suspension, parking and even self-driving up to a certain speed.
Referred to as level 3 autonomous driving, the A8 can take over steering, braking and accelerating up to speeds of 60kph. This can be particularly useful in stop-start traffic and should, according to Audi, allow the driver to do other things during this time.
With the A8, you can also expect features such as remote parking and remote garage piloting, meaning you can leave your car to park itself, all while keeping an eye on it via your smartphone.
The new Audi also makes use of technology that downloads information from the cloud, warning the driver of vehicle collisions, adverse weather and congestion before you reach them. Audi claims its voice recognition software has also been improved while the sat nav has been designed to learn from your driving habits. The A8’s sat nav uses this knowledge and its traffic sign recognition ability to devise the best routes for you.
The interior of the Audi A8 has always been luxurious in previous models and this new one is no exception. There’s a reason it is marketed as a “limo” and the 2017 model can now boast an additional 32mm of space.
The dashboard features two large touch screens which control navigation, entertainment and climate, eliminating a lot of the buttons found in previous models. Your rear passengers are treated to reclining chairs, which include heating and massage functions.
The Audi A8 includes a range of safety features as standard, including front, side and knee airbags for passengers and driver. It also has overhead airbags in the event of a roll over to protect the occupants’ heads.
Anti-lock breaks are also standard and the vehicle’s pre-sense system can tighten seatbelts before impact or panic braking occurs.
Air suspension is standard and Audi has included all-wheel drive across the range for the 2017 A8. The engine’s power can be split between the back and front wheels in varying percentages, depending on the driving conditions. This assists with handling when you encounter bad weather or a rough road surface.
The new A8 will also include AI active suspension, which scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension to compensate for potholes or ruts. This is designed to increase comfort and reduce body roll.
Initially, the 2017 A8 will come in two 3.0-litre V6 petrol options. The 3.0-litre TFSI will have 210kw of power while the 3.0-litre TDI can boast 250kw. In 2018, we can expect a few more options. The 4.0-litre V8 will be available in both petrol and diesel, with 338kw and 320kw respectively.
Next year will also see the release of a version with both a 3.0-litre engine and a lithium-ion battery, promising a full electric range of 50km as well as the hefty 6.0-litre W12 option, which will provide 430kw of power.
All engine options for the new A8 are hybrids, with small electric motors to assist with acceleration. This also allows cruising at a constant speed, without using the engine.
Price and Release Date
There’s no confirmed local price or release date for South Africa yet but the 2017 Audi A8 will retail in the UK for about £70,000 – £80,000 when it’s released there later this year. In Europe, prices will start from €90,600.
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