You can buy a luxury limousine for one of two reasons - either you want to broadcast your success to the masses, or you want to glide from A to B eﬀortlessly in a more restrained manner, and that’s exactly why the Audi A8 would be on your shortlist.
In its latest incarnation, the A8 has taken the same route as all other Audis with its large singleframe grille, sharp angles and swathes of top-end materials. Both the short and long wheelbase models have grown in length by a little under 1.5 inches.
The biggest advancement is the engine lineup in which you will ﬁnd a pair of 3.0-litre V6s, a 286 hp diesel and a 340 hp petrol. Later on, you will be able to choose a 435 hp 4.0-litre V8 diesel or a thirsty 6.0-litre W12 petrol. The main diﬀerence over the previous generation? That would be the fact that they all make use of 48-volt electrics providing a mild hybrid powertrain. This generates enough power to allow for an extended start/stop function as well as for the vehicle to coast with the engine oﬀ, saving a claimed 0.7 litres of fuel for every 62 miles.
The last to arrive will be the A8 L e-tron with its 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and electric motor, totalling 449 hp and 700 Nm, which can be wirelessly charged!
As we have come to expect, a host of driverless tech will be set to feature in the new A8, including a traﬃc jam pilot which operates at speeds of up to 37 mph, remote parking pilot and remote garage pilot, allowing you to park in tight spaces without needing to be present in the car. Finally, we can expect all-wheel steering, quattro permanent all-wheel-drive, and active suspension that operates individually on each wheel.
Inside, most of the car’s functions can be controlled via a pair of 10.1-inch and an 8.6-inch touchscreens that replace numerous buttons and knobs. Taking a step in the direction of its sister company, Bentley, it will also come with electric ‘shutters’ for the air vents and a “smartphonesize” removable OLED control unit for the back seats.
The A8 is set to go on sale in September, and although pricing has not been announced we can expect it to start in the region of £65-70,000.