The novelty was demonstrated at a special event in Barcelona.
The new Audi A8 has kept the style of its predecessor, slightly increased in size. Its main features are: a new hexagonal grille and taillights, combined with a red strip on the entire width of the machine.
Overall length of new items is 5 to 172 mm (5 302 mm in the case of extended versions with index L), width – 1 945 mm, height – 1 473 mm, and the wheelbase is 2 998 mm (3 128 mm from modification L). Thus, the sedan turned on a 37 mm longer than its predecessor, at 4 mm and 13 mm above. The distance between the axes increased by six millimeters.
In addition, the designers abandoned the all-aluminum body, diluting it with parts from high-strength steel and magnesium alloy.
Inside there are several new options. For example, a foot massage for rear passengers. On the center console A8 find new 10.1-inch multimedia screen that is controlled via touchscreen. Second monitor placed on the Central tunnel, controls the climate system.
At the start of sales of the Audi A8 will be offered with petrol and diesel engines V6 3.0-liter that develops 286 and 340 forces, respectively. Then there will be four-liter V8 engines producing 435 (diesel) and 460 (gasoline) forces.
After that the sedan will get a 585-horsepower engine W12 and 449-horsepower hybrid powertrain mild hybrid (MHEV), which used 48-volt network. The hybrid can accelerate on electric range of up to 135 kilometers per hour and pass without recharging up to 50 kilometers.
Hybrid 48-volt system and need to power the pumps of the suspension. The new A8 pnevmoballony pressure in each wheel is regulated by a separate electric pump that lets you adapt the chassis to road conditions and to combine good ride with precise control.
Also, the new A8 sedan has got an advanced autopilot – the machine can maneuver in the Parking lot and Park yourself even if the driver is not driving. If the car moves in heavy traffic on the highway, at speeds up to 60 km/h the driver can remove your hands, fully trusting the automation.
In Germany, the new A8 will sell in the fall. Prices for the model will start from 90 to 600 euros, and the version L – from 94 € 100.