The Audi A8 in its latest generation has been a successful model and now with the arrival of the new Mercedes S-Class it was time for Audi to update its flagship saloon. As a result the A8 gets a facelift. As is with any other high-end saloon there is more technology stuff on board, more powerful and efficient engines plus the cool new Matrix LED headlights.
The A8 which is made almost entirely of aluminum, in its long wheel base form gains an additional 13 centimeters (5.12 in). Now back to the optional headlights featuring Matrix LED technology, in these headlights, the high-beam comprises 25 individual light-emitting diodes per unit that can be switched on and off or dimmed individually depending on the situation. Additional features of the new headlights are the intelligent cornering light, new-look daytime running lights and dynamic turn signals.
Other changes in the A8 contain new bonnet, grille and front bumper plus you now have five new colours to choose from.
Worldwide the new A8 has a supercharged 3.0 TFSI with 310 hp, the V8 twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI with 435 hp, the 3.0 TDI diesel with 258 hp and the 4.2 TDI clean diesel, which produces 385 bhp and 850 Nm. The top of the line Audi A8 L W12 quattro has 500 bhp. Nice.
However for a luxury car the interior is the most important place and here the new A8 scores well. Options for the front seats include ventilation and massage. Electrically adjustable, individual rear seats are also available as an option for the A8 and the A8 L. The A8 L is also available with a leather-covered center console. What is new is that there are now more choices for seat coverings, inlays and colours available in many areas. New additions include the woods Fine grain poplar brown-silver and Fine grain ash brown-gold natural as well as the leather Unikat. Cool.
For these luxury cars it’s also about having new technology and the new A8 now has Audi active lane assist, which makes slight steering adjustments when necessary, and the park assist system with 360° display, which handles steering when parking. The new head-up display gives important data in the driver's field of vision on the windshield. The night vision assistant can now also recognize larger animals in addition to pedestrians which is, er, important.
Owners who will sit at the back will love the new A8’s rear Seat Entertainment system which includes two displays, Bluetooth headphones and a DVD player. There you go the new A8 is even better than before, but the question remains, is it better than the new S-Class? Well we just have to find that out!