Audi is all set to launch their technological marvel, the new Audi A8 soon. The car is packed to gills with tech including autonomous driving and luxury features. You can safely bet it is the most technologically advanced car in its class that includes the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The car has a sophisticated look compared to the boxy predecessor. However, the design doesn’t clamor the ultra-tech packed inside. The major elements are the new Audi wide signature grille at the front and the horizontal light bar runs all across the rear similar to the Lincoln Continental. The car gets sophisticated and tech-laden headlights, which pack lasers and matrix LEDs. The car measures 5302 mm, 1945 mm and 1488 mm in length, breadth, and height respectively. The car has an impressive wheelbase of 3128 mm, which translates to acres of cabin space for its passengers.
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Step inside and you will not be blamed if you think you got into a luxury spaceship. The car packs in a total of six, yes SIX screens (three each at the front and the rear). This includes the virtual cockpit, main infotainment screen, screen for feature controls, two entertainment screens at the rear and the removable rear tablet that can control a whole host of features for the rear passengers.
The rear seats get lot of leg and shoulder room, two entertainment screens, 8-massaging options and a tablet to control a whole host features.
Audi is relying heavily on the technology to make the driving and travel comfy. Some of the notable features include:
|10.1 inch infotaintment touch screen||Active air suspension|
|Remote self parking function||Headlights with matrix LED laser tech|
|Relaxation rear seats||Foot massager|
|Tablet rear seat remote||OLED tail lamps|
|8.6 inch touch screen for controls||Audi "pre sense 360"|
|Optional heads up display||Self-driving tech (optional)|
The adaptive air suspension automatically adjusts the ride height of the individual suspensions based on the road conditions. The AI features like traffic jam assist and autopilot modes may not find ways into the Indian A8.
The A8 will be offered with three engine options in India:
|50 TDI||55 TFSI||60 TFSI|
|Description||3.0-litre, V6 turbo diesel||3.0-litre, V6 turbo petrol||4.0-litre, V8 turbo petrol|
|Maximum Torque||600 Nm||500 Nm||660 Nm|
We expect the A8 to be launched in the first half of 2018 calendar year in India. The car will be priced around Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.2 crore price bracket (ex-showroom price). The car will definitely push the competition forward in the luxury car market and introduces some never seen before features and tech in the class.