The A8 is Audi’s new technological spearhead – and its equipment underscores this standing. A broad range of high-end features are already standard on this luxury sedan.
In the case of the engines, there is the recuperation system for all three units, the innovative thermal management and the start-stop system on the 3.0 TDI. In terms of power transmission, the brand’s new flagship shines with the electronically controlled eight-speed tiptronic that can be shifted using the paddles on the steering wheel, as well as the dynamically tuned quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the sport differential (standard in the 4.2 TDI).
In terms of running gear, the A8 secures an special standing with Audi drive select; the system integrates the adaptive air suspension together with active shock absorber control. The xenon plus headlights, the distinctive LED tail lights, the advanced ESP, the Audi pre sense basic system and the anti-theft alarm system serve safety. The adaptive restraint system, the tire pressure monitoring system, the Isofix fixtures for attaching child safety seats and the windshield made of composite safety glass reinforce the sense of safety on board the new A8.
When it comes to convenience, the new A8 impresses with solutions such as the power fold-in exterior mirrors, the versatile power-adjustable front seats, the two-zone automatic climate control system, the power-adjustable steering column, the ambient lighting, the electro-mechanical parking brake and the start-stop button.
Ergonomics is a traditional Audi strength, and the new A8 reinforces this with sophisticated standard solutions. These include the MMI operating system with its eight-inch monitor and the driver information system, which has its own display and is controlled via the multifunction steering wheel.
Top of the class: optional extras
The new A8 also moves to the top of its class when it comes to optional extras. Features worthy of special mention with regard to driving dynamics are quattro with sport differential, dynamic steering, the sporty tuning of the chassis and the ceramic brakes. A variety of wheels in sizes up to 21 inches is available. The innovative full LED headlights give the luxury sedan an unmistakable look, and the continuous headlight range control and the Audi adaptive light system are perfect complements to the xenon plus headlights.
In matters of safety, Audi offers three levels of its new technology: Audi pre sense front, Audi pre sense rear and Audi pre sense plus. These work together with Audi side assist and with adaptive cruise control with stop & go function. Audi lane assist, the parking assistance systems, the night vision assistant with its highlighting of detected pedestrians and the speed limit display to follow later this year also serve the driver’s safety and convenience.
Practical everyday features include the luggage compartment package for the trunk and the load-through hatch with ski bag, supplemented by the electric tailgate. There is power-assisted closing for the doors and noise-insulating glass for the side windows. Two sunroofs – one equipped with solar cells – bring light and air to the cabin.
Particularly impressive is the line of luxurious optional extras. Deserving special mention are the garage door opener, the deluxe front center armrest, the convenience key for easy access to the vehicle, the illuminated vanity mirror in the rear, the electric sun blinds for the rear, the 230 volt outlet on the center tunnel, the four-zone automatic climate control system, the auxiliary heating system and the ambient lighting package.
The ultimate in luxury: the seating options
You can’t drive well if you don’t sit well, which is why Audi offers a particularly wide range of options in this area. The comfort seats for the driver and front-seat passenger can be adjusted 22 ways, with options for heating, ventilation, a five-program massage function and a variant with sporty upholstery. Options for the rear seat include power adjustment for the two separate outside seats, combined with heating, ventilation and massage.
The new A8 also leads the way in navigation and infotainment systems. The top version, MMI navigation plus, has the data on the road ahead and forwards these to the control units for the transmission, the headlights and the ACC stop & go function. The navigation system is operated using MMI touch – a solution with which Audi once again sets new standards.
Three sound systems, including the top-notch system from Bang & Olufsen, are truly music to the ears, while a fully integrated rear seat entertainment system is available for the enjoyment of those traveling in the back of the car. The new A8 also has intelligent technologies on board for utilizing internet services.
Many drivers of luxury sedans are dedicated individualists, and Audi has developed a wide range of interior colors, upholstery and inlays just for them. The two Audi design selection variants impress with particularly exclusive combinations and a variety of optional packages with leather, Alcantara and decorative applications.
Audi A8: base prices
3.0 TDI quattro: 72,200 euros
4.2 TDI quattro: 90,800 euros
4.2 FSI quattro: 89,300 euros
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.