Taking the first ride of 2018 Audi A8, in the form of this review.
Get ready to go on the first ride of 2018 Audi A8, with this review from JustInReviews . It’s time for the auto tech review.
Audi’s cleverest auto till date has arrived – the new age A8. In its fourth generation at present, this flagship model, from Audi, now gets another design dialect, latest technology ‘touchscreen operating concept and a systematically electrified drive. Let’s have a look at what the new A8 is all about.
Exteriors and interiors:
The flat rooftop dome gives the sedan a sporty touch, while the upright fronts, blended with the tenderly inclined back, lends it a coupe-like design, which really influences it to look very good. Actually, the raised shoulder line, of the auto, offers it a sporty appearance and the lines, on the side, give it a compact look; rather than a long car.
The continued tail light is presently a signature and we’ll see rest of the cars from Audi, borrowing this pattern.
The cabin has been purposely decreased, in form; which implies that there are barely any knobs that you’ll discover inside. The orientation is entirely horizontal and while an entire group of auto makers were against going in for touch screens; well, the Audi has at long last gone in for it. The new A8 gets a new and enhanced infotainment framework. The Virtual Cockpit is currently part of standard fitment and the operation has not changed much; but rather the other two screens, it gets, set on the middle console, handle every one of the functions, of the car.
Under the hood:
The diesel and petrol V6 will be presented initially, which is the reason one wishes to hop into the 3.0-litre petrol A8 L. The engine makes 335 bhp, at 5000-6000 rpm and, although there have been technology updates in the engine, from the past generations, this one has been greatly refined. This one likewise gets restricted hybrid assistance, on account of the utilization of an alternator that serves as a starter, an arrangement that powers a 48-volt electrical framework. The alternator/starter is said to be good, for 15 bhp, amid recovery and 8 bhp, while assisting the petrol engine.
The greatest USP or differentiator, of the A8, from other rivals, is the 40+ driver assistance frameworks, that the new-gen limo gets; and this fundamentally grants it Level 3 autonomy – a first, for a car, in this segment. The Traffic Jam Pilot and parking/garage pilot frameworks are new automotive technology, that make it to emerge, from the crowd.
The attraction however is the suspension. All the A8s get adaptively damped air suspension, as standard, with choices of ‘Comfort’ and ‘Dynamic’ modes; yet there’s a discretionary additional accessible, as the Audi AI active suspension. It’s a clever framework, which utilizes the camera, to gauge potholes, on the roads, and alter the suspension in like manner, to take it on. It doesn’t generally require anti-roll bars; but instead actuators, on every one of the four corners, which lift the auto or drop it down, stressing or relieving corners, as essential, to dampen body movements.
Things being what they are, when is it coming to India and in what manner will it be priced? All things considered, Audi says that the new-gen A8 will be launched by mid-2018; in any case, in the mean time, the company is testing the car, in India; and although it will come sans any of the ‘Autonomous level 3’ features, the car’s design and other extra features will make things interesting, in the luxury car bracket. As far as the cost is concerned, the 2018 A8 will be valued over the ₹ 1 crore mark, which it presently is at, in India. Things being what they are, the question you’re having is – whether the new A8 is the benchmark, in its segment, or not?
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