The Audi A8 has always been an amazing luxury sedan. The previous generation model seemed to have everything desirable in a luxury sedan and boasted of the best rear seats in the world. And where do luxury car owners find themselves most of the time in their limousines? That’s right, at the rear. It seemed for the first time that the S-Class might not be the go-to sedan to get oodles of luxury.
It had rear seats which could heat up, recline, and could offer you a message with not just options of what kind of massage you require, but also the intensity with which you need one. So, how do you perfect a car that already is the best in the world in terms of rear seat comfort? Audi has dug deep in its bag of tricks and given us the most intelligent car in the world.
It was cool when the S-Class came out with the active air suspension which would prepare the car for oncoming obstacles on the road. Audi decided to give that very feature to the new A8. Radars scan the road ahead for any potholes or snags on the road and prepare the car in advance. This leads to a ride quality which feels like riding on air, which is exactly what you are doing, sort of. However, Audi did not stop at just that, they put their best minds to think about what more can be done with air suspension. And one of their innovations has brought about a revolution in automotive safety and has got everyone saying,”Why didn’t we come up with that?”
Doors are not the best protection when it comes to side collisions, but we are forced to make do with them since there is apparently no better solution to this problem, or is there? Well, in the event of a side impact, the Audi A8 raises its impact side of the chassis to the maximum height allowed by the suspension so that the forces get transferred to the chassis of the limo. This leads to no energy being transferred to the cabin. Smart, eh?
The insides feature a total of no less than seven touch screens, each with their own individual functions. Gone are the days of buttons and arrived have the days of interactive touch screens. Speaking of interaction, the touch screens vibrate whenever a touch is registered, just like in your mobile phone.
The top-of-the-line engine option currently on the Audi A8 is a 4.0-l twin turbo V8, good for 460hp. The A8 weighs in at nearly two tonnes, however, despite its bulk, the engine propels the A8 to a 0-100 time of just 5 seconds.
One such Audi A8 was caught testing in India recently. Audi has optimized vehicles for India in the past where they offered meatier rubber and a higher ground clearance to help suit the cars better to our road conditions. This time too, it seems that Audi is leaving no stone unturned. The Audi A8 will go on sale sometime in 2018.
A detailed report would be carried out on the Audi A8 within the next two to three articles, so stay tuned.
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