The A8 is an inspired study of progressive design. The new model is a collection of ideas and technologies that result in a shift of the luxury paradigm. Timeless Audi design principles live on, and in fact, evolve magnificently with the A8. Completely redesigned, the A8 embraces everything that makes the four rings a symbol of progress.
Complementary design elements accentuate the sculpted look of the A8. The distinguished Singleframe® grille has angled corners and chrome flourishes that create contrasting details to the sweeping hood of the A8, enhancing its stature. Distinctive LED headlights boldly declare the arrival of the A8. Contours along the side accentuate its low, sleek profile. From the rear, the wide stance is emphasized by the subtly squared corners. From every angle the A8 is bold.
From the grand concept to the technical minutia, the A8 clearly establishes its position as the new luxury leader.
The A8 offers the unmistakable appearance of full LED lighting technology. The available LED headlights add drama to the graceful lines. Positioned toward the corners, the LED lights further accentuate the wide, muscular proportions of the A8. Consuming only 40 watts, the high beams, turn signals, daytime running lights and low beams all feature this highly efficient technology while enhancing the overall aesthetic of the A8.
The meticulously designed and crafted interior of the all-new A8 creates a sublime cabin environment. The evolution of this luxury benchmark includes hand-selected materials and thoughtful details for maximum luxury, convenience and comfort. Leathers are of the highest quality. Wood inlays are hand burnished, while metallic accents create a tactile experience all their own. No other car offers the comfort and total luxury of the all-new Audi A8. Once approved, tolerances where wood, leather and polished aluminum intersect are stringently controlled and cannot exceed a .2 millimeter variance. The result is an interior that feels solid, welcoming and luxurious.
The available Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System in the new A8 offers best-in-class audio that is virtually identical to a live concert. Carefully designed around the interior of the A8 for optimal sound delivery, it's easily accessible through the fully integrated MMI system providing a wide range of customizable features.
Power is transmitted via the new shift-by-wire eight-speed Tiptronic® Transmission. With optimally spread gear ratios that produce dynamic acceleration, the eight-speed transmission also helps reduce fuel consumption by an estimated 6 percent when compared to a six-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to its innovative design and optimal gear layout, the weight of the transmission has not been increased over the previous six-speed transmission.
Permanent all-wheel drive systems are not created equal. And they certainly don't perform that way, either. quattro is essentially a mechanical system devised around a torque-sensing, self-locking, center differential that shifts torque instantaneously to where it's needed. This means quattro is adjusting power between front and rear axles more than 100 times a second, helping ensure torque is delivered to the wheels where traction exists. Under normal driving situations, quattro distributes the power between each axle by sending 40 percent to the front wheels and 60 percent to the rear wheels, enhancing the driving dynamics while helping maintain optimum control. Constantly assessing grip, quattro ensures the best possible combination of traction and handling, regardless of the road conditions.
quattro with Sport Rear Differential additionally senses which rear wheel to deliver an optimum level of torque. Specifically, it directs most of the power to the outer rear wheel to help steer the car through the corner. This reduces understeer, common among other all-wheel drive systems, and creates the true sportscar handling found in an Audi.