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The Audi A8 is the fourth generation — new to the “big three”

Get acquainted with the long-awaited competitor to the Mercedes S-class and Bavarian “the seven”.

Reason: static premiere of the new Audi A8 at the Audi Summit 2017.

The sceneis Barcelona, Spain.

The standard-wheelbase A8 — 2998 2992 mm as opposed to mm. In this version, “eight” the most harmonious — proportions! And yet… standing on the ground to represent new optics rear lights from the model of the previous generation, and almost nothing in this profile will not be given a new car.The standard-wheelbase A8 — 2998 2992 mm as opposed to mm. In this version, “eight” the most harmonious — proportions! And yet… standing on the ground to represent new optics rear lights from the model of the previous generation, and almost nothing in this profile will not be given a new car.

Experience: with equal resources to catch up is always easier than to hold the lead: it is possible to carefully study the advantages and disadvantages of rivals to make their product better. “Datachange” the new Audi A8 have had plenty of time — “eight” debuted two years after the emergence of the current “seven” BMW. And after four years since the release of the Mercedes S-class — it in Stuttgart have already managed to upgrade.

But the long-wheelbase A8L: 5302 mm from nose to tail. Wheelbase 3128 mm. But the long-wheelbase A8L: 5302 mm from nose to tail. Wheelbase 3128 mm.

Image of the new “eight” appeared online last month, but the first “physical” premiere took place on 11 July in the framework of the Summit forum Audi 2017 — one of the main media events of the “four rings”. And if the photos novelty seemed too conservative, after detailed acquaintance have no doubt that over the machine very serious job.

Led horizontal jumper on the boot lid — perhaps the most striking detail of the exterior of the new “eight”. The last couple of years such a decision in the trend. Remember the Dodge Dart, Porsche Panamera, Kia Rio…Led horizontal jumper on the boot lid — perhaps the most striking detail of the exterior of the new “eight”. The last couple of years such a decision in the trend. Remember The Dodge Dart, Porsche Panamera, Kia Rio…

I will not go into the technical details — detailed information on the day of the summit provided my colleague. Instead focus on their own experiences.

Alive new flagship Audi is very beautiful. And profile more harmonious I thought “eight” in the standard long wheelbase (130 mm). It is a pity that in Russia, the standard A8 will have the traditionally limited demand.

In the body structure of the A8 has less aluminum and more high strength steels. Let’s see how the changes will affect the weight of the car. Official data yet.In the body structure of the A8 has less aluminum and more high strength steels. Let’s see how the changes will affect the weight of the car. Official data yet.

Full face to confuse novelty with its predecessor or any other model Audi hard: characteristic hexagonal grille and a very impressive overall width of allow you to identify the A8 without the hassle. But behind, thanks to the led jumper on the boot lid, to make mistakes is unrealistic in principle. However, sharp tongues did not miss the opportunity to compare the design of the stern with the design of the old Hyundai NF and sedan Kia Rio the fourth generation.

The interior makes a double impression. On the center console just six physical buttons, including a button starting the engine and activate the Parking brake. All other issues are resolved through menu for one of the two tablets. Even the intensity of the air flow now with touch controls. “Piano lacquer” panels instantly covered with fingerprints.The interior makes a double impression. On the center console just six physical buttons, including a button starting the engine and activate the Parking brake. All other issues are resolved through menu for one of the two tablets. Even the intensity of the air flow now with touch controls. “Piano lacquer” panels instantly covered with fingerprints.

The interior is noticeably bolder than the exterior. But good or bad — is unclear. And if earlier in the minimum number of real buttons and keys, we blamed the latest Volvo models, it’s time to switch to Audi. Physical buttons on the console of the new “eight” can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Touch controls got even the air ducts. Well at least the cockpit glass while the “real”. Keys, by the way, very similar to those in “seven” and S-class.

The bottom tablet in addition performs the function of the touchpad and is responsible for the handwriting. A huge “knob” selector machine serves as a stand for your wrist.The bottom tablet in addition performs the function of the touchpad and is responsible for the handwriting. A huge “knob” selector machine serves as a stand for your wrist.

From the point of view of performance, both the front of the tablet is impeccable. But the response should be used. Icons on the screen are trying to be real buttons, so a light touch is not enough and you have to slightly push “the screens.” Of course, to get used to it within a few clicks, but personally, I’m not inspired. God forbid have the same feedback on your favorite tablet. Audi, why?

Long-wheelbase Audi A8, even in the version with two separate armchairs has no advantages over the S-class, or “seven” BMW. The only unique feature of the car from Ingolstadt — the function of foot massage. Removable tablet similar “semëročnoj”, but its diagonal is smaller and nicer to hold in hands. Although there may be many opinions.Long-wheelbase Audi A8, even in the version with two separate armchairs has no advantages over the S-class, or “seven” BMW. The only unique feature of the car from Ingolstadt — the function of foot massage. Removable tablet similar “semëročnoj”, but its diagonal is smaller and nicer to hold in hands. Although there may be many opinions.

Back good: the place has become more in all areas. In the basic options of “eight” on a sofa. Optional — two separate chairs. Tablet in the center console is very similar to “semëročnoj”, but the diagonal of its screen is noticeably smaller and, for me, is only a plus. With the tablet you can control virtually all aircraft functions, including multimedia, climate…

Nothing new compared to the competitors here. Audiosnap of know-how, I want to note is that the function of foot massage. Don’t know how often the passenger will want to take your shoes off to a special area at the base of the front seat crushed his legs, but it is at least interesting solution. Checkmate BMW with Mercedes? I’m afraid not.

In short wheelbase A8 tablet hiding on the back side of the folding armrest.In short wheelbase A8 tablet hiding on the back side of the folding armrest.

As part of the space in the back even long-wheelbase “eight” seemed to me not as convenient as the seventh series BMW and S-class. It is, of course, has moved forward relative to its predecessor, manufactured since 2009, but I still want to put the seat at a greater angle to the horizontal. I want more comfort, sense of privacy. And with this the “eight” problem. At least, the advantages over competitors is definitely not.

The base engine will be a 3.0-liter diesel engine 286 HP Top — 585-horsepower W12 (pictured).The base engine will be a 3.0-liter diesel engine 286 HP Top — 585-horsepower W12 (pictured).

Do not rule out that the front suspension that can change the ground clearance for each wheel using four electric actuators, will be even more magical Mercedes. I admit that “eight” on-the-go will be zazhigatelnoe “seven” BMW. However, this we will check during a comparative test at the end of this year. And in statics “eight” is good, though, but was not impressed.

Summit Audi is one of the major media events for the brand. The total exhibition area amounted to more than 10, 000 square meters. The event was hosted by Kunal Nayyar — aka Rajesh Koothrappali from “the big Bang Theory”.Summit Audi is one of the major media events for the brand. The total exhibition area amounted to more than 10, 000 square meters. The event was hosted by Kunal Nayyar — aka Rajesh Koothrappali from “the big Bang Theory”.

Rating: a worthy rival competitors from Stuttgart and Munich. But the benefits in two years over “seven” and in four years over the S-class is not felt.

Perspectives: the new Audi A8 will bite off a piece of the pie, but the balance of power in the segment will remain roughly the same.

Details: ZR, 2017, No. 9

The Audi A8 is the fourth generation — new to the “big three”, Audi A8 is the fourth generation new to the “big three”

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