Audi has revealed its new luxury flagship, the A8, at the Audi Summit in Barcelona and while models and pricing have yet to be announced for SA, we do know it will be here in the second half of 2018.
The styling falls short of many of the promises made by design boss Marc Lichte and the Prologue concept, instead being more of an evolution. Instead, the interior receives the most radical makeover, with dual touchscreens in the centre console, as well as the digital Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster.
Audi claims it has the first Level 3 autonomous driving in the A8, although Mercedes is claiming the same thing with its new S-Class launching internationally this week. At the push of a button, the A8 can take care of all driving at speeds up to 60km/h, although only on dual carriageways with a clear barrier in the middle.
Other tech includes organic LED (OLED) lighting up front, a BMW-style remote parking app, a plug-in hybrid version which can be wirelessly charged and fully active suspension. More on the new A8 in next week’s issue. – BD Motor News