2018 Audi A8l Review – Audi has unveiled its fourth-generation A8 limousine in Barcelona ahead of the new model’s first public showing at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show later this year. The new A8 is expected to be lighter, more powerful, and have more tech than the current generation car—which is generally how it goes when a new generation of a model is unveiled. Specifically, the new car will have new semi-autonomous driver assistance tech, a new 460-horsepower V-8 engine, a new 565-HP W-12, and a handful of diesel powertrain options that probably won’t make it to America.
Underpinned by the latest evolution of Audi’s MLB platform, the A8 also introduce 48-volt electrical system used as part of a new mild hybrid drivetrain, with a claimed potential electric-only range of up to 50km, plus a new road-scanning active suspension, and an almost entirely buttonless touchscreen-controlled interior.
Audi also claims that the 2018 Audi A8l is the first series production road car to have been developed expressly for what Audi describes as “highly automated driving”, including functions like Traffic Jam Pilot system that can take full control of driving function at speed of up to 50 km/h on highways where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways.
2018 Audi A8l Specs Review
The new generation Audi A8 is based on the latest version of the company’s MLB-Evo platform. At 5,172 mm long, 1,945 mm wide and 1,473 mm tall, the all-new A8 is 37 mm longer, 4 mm narrower and 13 mm taller than its predecessor. The all-new A8 L is 5,302 mm long (+37 mm), 1,945 mm wide (-4 mm) and 1,488 mm tall (+17 mm). The wheelbase has extended by 6 mm to 2,998 mm in the SWB version and by 6 mm to 3,128 mm in the LWB version.
The 2018 Audi A8 has five engine options, three petrol and two diesel. The range starts with 3.0L TFSI (340 hp/500 Nm) petrol and 3.0L TDI (286 hp/600 Nm) diesel engines. Moving up, it adds 460 hp 4.0L TFSI petrol and 435 hp 4.0L TDI diesel engines at the middle. At the top of the range, there’s a 585 hp 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine exclusive to the LWB version. At launch, Audi will offer only the V6 engines in Europe. A 48-volt mild-hybrid system is standard.
An A8 L e-tron quattro with a plug-in hybrid powertrain will follow later. Its powertrain’s 3.0L TFSI petrol engine and electric motor together develop 449 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The e-tron quattro variant’s pure electric driving range is approximately 50 km. The company will offer a Wireless Charging pad for it.
2018 Audi A8l Exterior
If you saw the old Audi A8l Specs, the new one won’t look like much of a departure. It’s still defined by long, muscular bodywork with a crease that along the lower edge of the doors serving to break up the metalwork. The roof is quite curved but there should be more than enough room for six footers to sit in the back in comfort.
The new styling approach isn’t unexpected, having be forecast by Audi’s Prologue concept series, with a more expressive single-frame front grille that stretches further from side-to-side dominating the new styling direction. The bodysides feature a more complex arrangement of horizontal lines, with strakes pulled through the door handle line, blistered front and rear wheel arches, and a crisp crease that runs from front to rear and underscores the traditionally arched glasshouse creating a busy arrangement of design features atop one another.
On the outside, the Audi A8l 2018 features wider and more expressive Singleframe grille, HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser lighting, 21-inch wheels and OLED tail lights. Two-section panoramic sunroof (in LWB version), new Audi virtual cockpit with 12.3-inch full-HD screen, 10.1-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system, 8.6-inch secondary touchscreen display for the AC and comfort controls, air vents with electric shutters, Matrix LED reading lights and Rear Seat Entertainment system with two 10.1-inch full HD screens are among the interior highlights.
2018 Audi A8l interior
Luxury cars live or die on their interiors and the A8’s cabin makes a good case for itself. The inside of the upcoming model is refreshingly button-free and, for the first time on an Audi A8 L 2018, the physical climate controls have been replaced by a lower touchscreen that, combined with the Virtual Cockpit and standard MMI infotainment display, means there are three separate screens in the front cabin. Buttons on the touchscreen are made easier to use with the inclusion of touch feedback – a small vibration through the screen giving the impression of a physical button – while the lower screen can be used to spell out words and destinations using your finger.
The back is still the best place to sit, however. Rear passengers are treated to enormous amounts of leg and headroom along with a centre armrest that’s bristling with controls handling the seat massagers, phone calls, infotainment functions and even a LED reading light. You can fit an optional relaxation seat to the long-wheelbase A8L version – this includes a footrest attached to the back of the front seat that can heat and massage your feet at the touch of a button.
Unsurprisingly, there’s loads of tech on display and behind the scenes. Audi claims the voice recognition software is now much more intelligent, allowing owners to control functions with a more natural conversational tone. The sat-nav uses information downloaded over the car’s built-in mobile internet connection combined with traffic sign recognition and Audi’s own data from its fleet to devise the smartest route possible at a given time. The sat-nav can also learn based on the driver’s behaviour to further optimise routes.
2018 Audi A8l Engine
Both initial engines, and certainly the whole powertrain variety deliberate for the brand new Audi A8l 2018 can be paired with a new forty eight-volt electric device that offers a range of moderate-hybrid functions, which includes engine off coasting, prolonged start/forestall operation and kinetic power recuperation under braking, through a belt pushed alternator.
Standard driveline specs also are set to include an eight-velocity torque converter computerized transmission and quattro all wheel force, also available with an elective sport differential. From 2018 audi will enlarge the engine range to consist of a turbocharged four.0-litre direct injection petrol v8 generating 338kw and a turbocharged four.Zero-litre v8 commonplace rail diesel with 320kw, taking the place of the previous 4.2-litre v8 engine, however stepping energy up by means of 37kw.
The flagship version is about to be the a8 l w12, which fits the long wheelbase frame to a revised model of the volkswagen institution’s 6.Zero-litre turbocharged w12 direct injection petrol engine with 430kw of strength available (62kw greater than the old version) despite a 300cc reduction in length.
2018 Audi A8l Price
The 2018 Audi A8 and 2018 Audi A8 l production at the neckarsulm facility in germany has started out. Their home launch will take region in past due fall 2017. The a8 and a8 l range will begin at €90,six hundred and at €94,000 respectively. Canada release need to take place handiest next year.
2018 Audi A8l Release Date
Audi says the Audi A8l Price will start from €90,600 in europe – kind of £80,000 within the uk, a massive soar in comparison to the £65,000 entry-degree charge of the vintage version. The company hasn’t confirmed uk pricing but, however, so this may exchange afterward. It’ll pass on sale in the direction of the stop of autumn 2017. Audi additionally stated slight hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions will observe, even though it did no longer specify whether they would make their manner to north the usa.