The Audi S8 leads the pack when it comes to multimedia. The standard MMI navigation plus is a high-end media center that includes a separate amplifier. A changer plays DVDs and CDs. The Audi music interface conveniently connects a modern mobile player, and a Bluetooth interface provides the connection to modern cell phones.
The main unit in the center console integrates other important modules, including a 60 GB hard drive. A third of its capacity can be used to store music data. A powerful processor ensures that all applications run fast and fluidly simultaneously, and a separate graphics processor generates the three-dimensional images. The map is a highly detailed, 3D terrain model.
MMI navigation plus works closely together with the optional driver assistance and safety systems in the Audi S8. The navigation system analyzes the data of the selected route predictively and forwards these data to the computers that manager the ACC stop&go and the eight-speed tiptronic. These systems can then very precisely adapt their operation to conditions in advance.
MMI navigation plus is controlled via the MMI touch touchpad. When the driver wants to enter a destination or a phone number, he or she simply draws the letters or numbers on the touch-sensitive panel with his or her index finger. The same method can be used to navigate with the map. The driver’s eyes stay on the road, and the system acknowledges the input of each letter with acoustic feedback. The touchpad can also be switched over to a second control level, where it becomes a number field for stored radio stations.
Along with MMI touch, the new S8 also offers conventional Audi operation using the MMI rotary pushbutton. The system also features voice control that understands complete words. Places and roads can now be entered as a spoken command. Telephone and music data can be accessed in the same, convenient way.
Great sound: BOSE surround sound system standard
Audi offers a complete range of hi-fi and communication modules centered around MMI navigation plus. The Bose surround sound system is standard. A digital 12-channel amplifier with an output of over 600 watts drives 14 speakers and a subwoofer. Thanks to a special algorithm, the powerful, sonorous system can also play stereo recordings in five-channel surround sound.
Audi offers the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System as an option. It is impressive for its sparkling brilliance, detailed resolution and broad, finely differentiated frequency range. At its heart are two amplifiers with more than 1,400 watts of total output. With their digital output stages, they direct this power through 19 channels to 19 speakers. The acoustic lenses on the left and right of the cockpit are mounted down out of sight, emerging from the dashboard when the system is switched on. The speaker grilles are made of polished aluminum. Their encapsulated installation prevents unwanted noise from radiating outward.
Complementary components include a dual tuner for digital radio reception, an analog/digital TV tuner and the rear seat entertainment system. This includes two pitch-adjustable displays measuring 10.2 inches in diagonal, a hard drive, two card readers, a DVD drive and a separate MMI controller. Sound is supplied via the audio systems or two sets of Bluetooth headphones.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.