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New Audi A8: a report from the back seat

What the new Audi A8 comes in a battle against its major competitors — the BMW seven series and Mercedes S‑class?

Audi A8. If the matrix LED headlights illuminated a blue light, it is a sign of a top optics with a laser beam. The wide hexagonal grille “eight” is.Audi A8. If the matrix LED headlights illuminated a blue light, it is a sign of a top optics with a laser beam. The wide hexagonal grille “eight” is.

55 Audi A8 L TFSI quattro

Audi A8 L 50 TDI quattro

Length/width/height/base 5302/1945/1488/3128 mm

Trunk volume (VDA) 505 litres

Curb weight

1945 kg

2000 kg

Engine

petrol, V6, 24 valve, 2995 cm3; 250 kW/340 HP at 5000-6400 rpm; 500 nm at 1370-4500 rpm

petrol, V6, 24 valve, 2967 cm3; 210 kW/286 HP at 3750-4000 rpm and 600 N·m at 1250-3250 rpm

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

With the 5.7

5.9 s

The maximum speed of 250 km/h

Fuel/fuel reserve

AI-95/72 l

DT/72 l

Fuel consumption: combined cycle

7,5 l/100 km

5.6 l/100 km

Transmission all-wheel drive; A8

The laws of the genre require me to tell you how the car accelerates and registers turns, some engines are more suited to her, does it make sense to pay more for all-wheel drive. But when it comes to Executive sedans, the rules change: the car chooses the driver!

Delusions of grandeur

That’s why acquaintance with the Audi A8, I started from the back seat. Lay your chair as hollow and move the right front to the limit forward. Not bad, but to sleep in this position with complete comfort will fail. And rear head restraints somehow manually adjusted.

And, as it turned out, in vain I put on the front of socks in the hope of a beautiful photo shoot: advertised massager, foot in my car was not there. Well, I’m not so rich, me in the seat enough seven programs back massage, ventilation and heating.

The road led us to the serpentines in the vicinity of Valencia, and sitting behind the wheel of a colleague imbedded pedal. In the first turn my smartphone made the long flight with the arm rest under the driver’s seat. The subsequent acceleration on a short straight sent me in the face the tablet of the control system and comfort that I relaxed was holding. I would fire such “personalschikov”!

Usually the fingerprints covered the area around a single touch screen. From A8 zahvatnoj will be the whole panel. It is time to include in the package of microfiber cloths for hourly guidance beauty.Usually the fingerprints covered the area around a single touch screen. From A8 zahvatnoj will be the whole panel. It is time to include in the package of microfiber cloths for hourly guidance beauty.

System of the circular review is able to broadcast the image from every perspective. She will warn if while maneuvering there is a risk of scratching rim on the curb.System of the circular review is able to broadcast the image from every perspective. She will warn if while maneuvering there is a risk of scratching rim on the curb.

In the Arsenal of the climate system “g” has a ionizer and a spray. For activation of heated steering need to go into the menu. The alternative is to bring it to a soft key, placed on the right-hand spoke of the steering wheel.In the Arsenal of the climate system “g” has a ionizer and a spray. For activation of heated steering need to go into the menu. The alternative is to bring it to a soft key, placed on the right-hand spoke of the steering wheel.

Matrix at Audi are not only lights, but ceiling lights.Matrix at Audi are not only lights, but ceiling lights.

Moving after a short halt behind the wheel, I drove faster than normal — “eight” is controlled adequately, even incite. But is this some sort of split “car personality”: not suitable Audi A8 for such motions. Not ability — status. Me back twenty minutes seasick, and now, you see, and my partner’s face changed. Definitely the chef’s need to be transported to a different rhythm — slowly, with dignity.

New world

The choice I was offered the keys to the cars with three-liter six-cylinder engines — petrol (340 HP) and diesel (286 HP). Opportunities both enough for powerful accelerations — at least in the range up to 120 km/h (this is the limit allowed on the roads of Spain). Dispersal to hundred in 5.7 and 5.9 seconds respectively. Personally, I’m on the engines of a larger volume did not even look to. But that is me. And buyers of these machines often do not break the head, and order a “fully loaded”.

Diesel is primarily a pull cart. However, its superiority was almost imperceptible. And the characteristic diesel rumble on acceleration a few hysterical. However, two indisputable advantages of diesel are: it consumes less than five liters in the same riding modes, and for the Russian market it certainly deforsiruyut to malogabaritnih 249 HP (this is a standard course the German “big three”).

The back can be a folding or fixed armrest console. The feature set is the same, the difference is the ability to put a third person.The back can be a folding or fixed armrest console. The feature set is the same, the difference is the ability to put a third person.

Touch tablets rear passengers ready to control everything except the sled settings. They can output data of a trip computer or a navigation picture.Touch tablets rear passengers ready to control everything except the sled settings. They can output data of a trip computer or a navigation picture.

Inner door handles are made under the lower grip is uncomfortable. But they are electronic (as external): the lock opens from the lightest touch. If close goes the cyclist, biker or car, smart electronics will delay the actuator by referring the passenger to the presence of interference.Inner door handles are made under the lower grip is uncomfortable. But they are electronic (as external): the lock opens from the lightest touch. If close goes the cyclist, biker or car, smart electronics will delay the actuator by referring the passenger to the presence of interference.

The autopilot of the third level, allowing you to take your hands off the steering wheel, will appear on the A8 only in mid-2019. The system is ready, but waiting for changes in legislation. In the meantime, the car is able to go in the middle of the strip and independently adjust the speed in accordance with road signs, boundaries of settlements and the upcoming twists.

On the front panel — the realm of touchscreens. Classic keys and whirlings went everywhere! The lights, the intensity of the airflow of the front deflectors, alarm, climate control — everything is controlled via touch panel. And the buttons on the steering wheel was not touched — in order not to look like a Mercedes?

A new style of communication with the vehicle takes some getting used to. The displays and pictograms of the virtual keys does not glare even in bright sunlight, performance at altitude, the response is clear. But, relaxed with his hand on the joystick of gearbox, I have not once accidentally changed the settings of the climate control. The sensitivity threshold in the zones not protected from unintentional contact, it would be worthwhile to do higher. And, of course, very interesting, as all this luxury will make friends with the Russian winter. Candidates for testing of frost have tightened — in addition to the Audi A8 is still the Range Rover Velar.

Up and down

In the role of a VIP passenger and I was deprived of foot massage, and sitting in the driver’s seat was unable to fully assess the unique optional air suspension without the classic roll bar that is able to adapt to the irregularities: all available for drive “g” was with the usual “Pneumatics”. And only on a specially prepared site I managed to drive the A8 with the advanced chassis.

Steering rear wheels turn at an angle of 5º and reduce the turning circle diameter from 12.5 to 11.4 meters. A good example: in this corridor A8 can fit only through polnopravnym chassis.Steering rear wheels turn at an angle of 5º and reduce the turning circle diameter from 12.5 to 11.4 meters. A good example: in this corridor A8 can fit only through polnopravnym chassis.

To demonstrate its capabilities, the Germans built speaker well Luke and a huge “speed bump” — like those that we have often made of asphalt. The stereo camera in the windscreen scans the road and detects a bump. Approaching him, the car automatically raises the body by 50 mm, to compensate for the upcoming vertical movement, and the suspension fulfills the roughness, almost without transferring vibrations further: sitting at the wheel “wave” almost do not feel.

However, magic has a limit. Electronics has no supernatural speed: the “predictive” feature only works at speeds up to 60 km/h Over the limit suspension is no longer able to offset the relief. Reason showed us how to get only smooth and highly raised bumps. Road detail, and deep holes “smart air suspension” will work not as jewelry.I have this suspension and other abilities. With the threat of a side impact it instantly raises the “shock” the side of the body by 80 mm, substituting for a contact strong threshold, which increases the level of occupant protection (usually the main impact energy dampens the Central strut, which is often not strong enough).

Combined the back lighting has radically transformed the car. It turns on and off with the beautiful effect of the running line. Rare courage for designers of Audi.Combined the back lighting has radically transformed the car. It turns on and off with the beautiful effect of the running line. Rare courage for designers of Audi.

Audi goes to a new system of notation. Now two-digit index indicates the power range, not the volume of the engine (this information was useless in the era of turbo engine different degrees of force and electrification). For example, the label “30” means the motor efficiency 110-130 HP, and “70” reports on the engine capacity of 544 HP, more than half of aft — a sign of a 286‑horsepower diesel engine.Audi goes to a new system of notation. Now two-digit index indicates the power range, not the volume of the engine (this information was useless in the era of turbo engine different degrees of force and electrification). For example, the label “30” means the motor efficiency 110-130 HP, and “70” reports on the engine capacity of 544 HP, more than half of aft — a sign of a 286‑horsepower diesel engine.

Expensive crossovers have a “landing” mode, in which maximum suspension is lowered, facilitating access to the interior. And the Audi A8 body, on the contrary, when the door is opened per second up to 40 mm. Assigned to the prototype of the engineer enthusiastically told me how much convenient to sit in the car. I did not feel the difference, but out of courtesy to upset the engineer did not. Older people this nod charms certainly welcome.

Finally, the air suspension with an Electromechanical stabilizer effectively dampens roll in corners and peck under braking. Will wait for mid-2018, when there will be production vehicles with such suspension. Meanwhile, in Ingolstadt, it is adjusted to the ideal. Apparently, not everything went smoothly, once the first “eight” are available without system, which is the main competitor.

In Russia Audi A8 will appear in the first quarter of next year (if the Moscow office did not revise the plan).

At first, promise to bring only the diesel 340‑horsepower machine. Later arrives the diesel version of the A8 top with the W12 and V8 engines.

Prices will be announced later, but a fairly accurate forecast can be given now. BMW 740Li xDrive with 326 HP give for 6.4 million rubles, and the 367‑horsepower Mercedes-Benz S 450 4Matic — for 6.5 million. It means that somewhere there will be petrol and Audi A8 L TFSI quattro.

Late debut compensated for the original options Touch revolution requires habituation and the presence of rags on hand

New Audi A8: a report from the back seat

Photo: Kirill Mileshkin and Audi

New Audi A8: a report from the back seat

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