New Audi A8 debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show
UK arrival January 2014
The new generation Audi A8 will makes its debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The body of the A8 is almost entirely aluminium and has been finessed by subtle resculpting of the bonnet, the single frame grille, the front bumper and the lower edge of the headlight units. The rear of car features more redesigns including the LED tail lamps plus the bumper incorporates two rhomboid tail pipes. The new chrome elements and high gloss black window surrounds complete the look.
The interior of the new Audi A8 is luxurious and lavishly trimmed, customers can choose from a new range of upholstery and inlays in new colour schemes. Additions include the woods Fine grain poplar brown-silver and Fine grain ash brown-gold natural as well as the leather Unikat, which is particularly natural-looking, soft and breathable. Options available include front seats with ventilation and massage settings, relaxation seats with powered footrests, electrically adjustable, individual rear seats, a continuous, leather-covered centre console and power-assisted door closure. The Audi exclusive personalisation range offers additional individualisation options for those that want to add their own stamp.
There is a choice of seven petrol and TDI engines, the majority of which have been revised to improve performance and efficiency. Paired with quattro all-wheel drive, the 4.0 TFSI now powers the Audi A8 from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, but under partial load the Audi cylinder on demand (COD) system deactivates four of its eight cylinders to give priority to fuel economy. The most efficient diesel engine is the 3.0 TDI, which returns up to 47.9 mpg, all engines satisfy the Euro 6 standard, helped by friction-reducing measures which reduce fuel consumption by as much as 10 per cent.
Audi A8 Hybrid
You can opt for the Audi A8 hybrid which combines a 2.0 TFSI engine and electric motor to produce a system output of 245PS and system torque of 480 Nm. The lithium-ion battery in the rear enables purely electric driving at up to 62 mph with a range of approximately 1.9 miles. The A8 hybrid returns up to 44.8mpg and emits 147g/km of CO2 emissions.
Audi connect is available as a supplement to MMI navigation plus. It uses an integrated UMTS module to connect the new A8 to the Internet. Passengers can surf and e-mail freely via a WLAN hotspot. For the driver, the system delivers online services such as online traffic information, Google Earth, Google Street View and online news, to the car. The audio highlights are the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System and the Rear Seat Entertainment system which includes two displays, Bluetooth headphones and a DVD player.
The new Audi A8 will be arriving in the UK in January 2014 when full pricing and UK specification will be released.