Flagship A8 has wow factor

The new Audi A8.
The new Audi A8.

Audi Ireland has revealed the pricing of its new heralded Audi A8. This is Audi’s flagship model and is set to redefine the future of luxury class with a startling starting price of €99,950 and will be available to order at Audi dealers from October 2.

Now in its fourth generation, the Audi A8 is defined by a contemporary new design, an innovative touchscreen operating concept, and a systematically electrified drive. The Audi A8 is also the first production automobile in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving.

The new Audi A8 has launched in the Irish market with two extensively re-engineered V6 turbo engines: a 3.0 TDI and a 3.0 TFSI. The diesel version outputs 286 hp, and the petrol version 340 hp.

An eight-cylinder version – a 4.0 TDI with 435 hp will follow in the coming months. The exclusive top engine version is the W12, with a displacement of 6.0 litres. All engine variants operate in conjunction with a belt alternator starter (BAS), which is the nerve centre of the 48-volt electrical system. The mild hybrid technology (MHEV, mild hybrid electric vehicle) enables the car to coast with the engine switched off and to restart smoothly.

Stylistically, Audi A8 signals the dawn of a new design era for the entire brand. With its wide singleframe grille and its fluid, muscular body, the front of the car has a sporty, yet sophisticated look. The Audi A8 design represents the core attributes, for which the Audi brand is renowned worldwide – sports appeal, lightweight construction and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Muscular shapes above the wheel arches give visual expression to the quattro drive.

Inside, a sleek 10.1-inch touchscreen display screen appears as soon as the car is opened, welcoming the driver to their Audi A8 driving experience. The cutting-edge Infotainment system is prompted with fingertip control on the large display screen.

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