Audi A8 arrives
The latest generation of Audi’s flagship saloon has officially been launched in Ireland and will be available to order from 2 October. Signalling a shift change in Audi's approach to future models, all variants of the new A8 will feature a hybrid system in its powertrain, as the company moves towards greater levels of electrification across its range.
Initially, the Audi A8 will be offered with the choice of both diesel and petrol turbocharged V6s, producing 340- and 286hp respectively. Each utilises the company's new belt alternator starter (BAS) that, in combination with the car's 48-volt electrical system, allows it to coast for up to 40 seconds at a time with the engine switched off. This so-called 'mild hybrid' system will also appear in other models in the range, which will include a 435hp 4.0-litre diesel and a range-topping 6.0-litre W12 engine.
The new A8 features an impressive new interior that is virtually devoid of physical buttons. Instead, the majority of the usual functionality is controlled via two large touchscreens on the centre console. Ahead of the driver is the latest version of Audi's fully digital dashboard along with a detailed head-up display.
The new Audi A8 will also feature the latest in automated driving technology. It goes by the name of Audi AI and is one of the world's first production cars to feature Level 3 autonomy. This system, once the legislative process gets approval, will allow the driver to hand over driving to the car in certain circumstances. Currently, this applies to clearly marked motorways where there is a physical barrier separating the two carriageways, and at speeds of up to 60km/h.
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