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New 2018 Audi A8 Revealed At Audi Summit

Audi has unveiled its all-new luxury barge, the A8 in an event in Barcelona. Audi intends it to mount a successful challenge against upmarket rivals such as the BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The A8 receives a fully active suspension system that allows the vehicle to raise or lower each wheel separately through electric actuators. Today, it is Audi's time to shine, as the German automaker just pulled the wraps off its all-new A8. Its user interface appears when the vehicle is opened, and allows the driver fingertip control of the Infotainment system, while a second touchscreen display on the centre tunnel console accesses the air conditioning, comfort functions, and text inputs. This includes a traffic jam pilot assist that takes charge of all driving functions in slow moving traffic at speeds of up to 60 km/h on highways where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways. For this, the A8 now uses a laser scanner (first in a production car), ultrasonic sensors, front camera as well as radar sensors. This feature takes care of all driving inputs like starting, accelerating, steering and braking. The Audi A8 also has Level 3 autonomous driving capability.

Surprisingly, Audi are concentrating on diesel engines for the A8, but all the new engines come with a 48-volt electrical system for added efficiency. If a driver becomes too dependent upon the car's autonomy, they're less likely to intervene when the system fails.

Audi AI tech stretches to the active suspension, which is so clever, it can raise or lower every wheel individually.

Both short and long wheelbase configurations of the new Audi A8 are longer than the models they replace by 37mm.

There's also a relaxation seat option in the long-wheelbase A8 L that gives the passenger a heated and massaging footrest. This means the new A8 can coast with the engine switched off and restart smoothly when required. Customers are given a tour of the auto and have all its functions explained as part of the service, as Audi believes this will also help them see the benefits they offer, and potentially persuade them to take out more vehicle loans or buy a auto. The majority of functions will be controlled via two large touchscreens in the center stack.

New 2018 Audi A8 Revealed At Audi Summit
The All New Audi A8 Got Improved Cameras For A Smooth Ride

Further down the line, diesel and petrol eight-cylinder engines will join the line-up: A 4.0-litre TFSI engine developing 460bhp and a 435bhp 4.0-litre TDI. The plug-in hybrid offers a total of 330kW and 700Nm, with a fully electric driving range of 50km.

Furthermore, the Audi AI remote parking pilot and the Audi AI remote garage pilot autonomously steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, while the driver monitors the manoeuvre. This complex process takes just a few milliseconds, with the camera generating information about the road surface condition 18 times a second.

All engines are paired with a belt alternator starter and 48-volt electric system.

Highlights include new front seats that are 4kg lighter compared to the previous model, HD digital instrument graphics and an updated MMI (Multi-Media Interface) system with two separate displays - one measuring 10.1inch and the other an 8.6inch curved unit.

In electric-only mode, the hybrid A8 will have a range of approximately 50 kilometres before the turbocharged V-6 gas engine kicks in.

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