2019 Audi A8 revealed: The flagship goes even higher tech
Audi debuted its new flagship، the 2019 A8، at its Audi Summit in Barcelona. The car، arriving in the U.S. in springsummer 2018، debuts several new technologies. We'll get to those in a second. Autoweek said
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 series-fighter is a tiny bit longer and taller than the 2018 A8. We only get the long-wheelbase version. The new car has what we'd call evolutionary exterior styling، though the new headlamps and tail lamps، looking like they came straight from the Prologue concept، stand out. The interior is also Prologue-ish، clean and good-looking، with a new MMI interface and new high-def digital instruments. Build quality and materials are terrific، as you'd guess.
We first get the 3.0-liter gas V6، producing 282 hp and 368 lb-ft. Other engines are coming، including V8s and a W12، but Audi US is still sorting out what engines we get. EV and plug-In hybrids (the latter with 31 miles of electric-only driving) are coming as well، and rumor has it a 550-hp S8 is under development، too. Whatever the engine، all U.S.-bound A8s are mild hybrids using a 48-volt electric system to not just improve gas mileage but to help power all the tech.
Speaking of: The A8 is Audi’s first car using the company’s new AI technology، including traffic-jam assist -- a level 3 autonomous system. Thus، the car takes over at the push of a button in traffic jams، up to 37 mph. It uses various sensors to accelerate from a stop، and it steers and applies the brakes on its own. AI also includes remote parking and remote garage pilot. Yes، the A8 can park in a tight space or pull into your garage. You can stand outside and watch it happen while the car sends a live feed to your phone.
Quattro is standard، of course، splitting torque 40:60 frontrear in normal driving but able to send 70 percent to the front or 85 percent to the rear when needed. AI air suspension is also standard، always watching the road 15 to 65 feet ahead and adjusting accordingly. Audi claims it's the quickest reacting suspension in the car business. The suspension also has 360-degree sensors; if the car thinks you're about to crash، the suspension can raise the body up to 3 inches so that، according to Audi، the impact happens at the stiffest part of the car.
Rollouts of all the technology vary according to market، the company says. In fact، Audi claims it is still working with U.S. regulators to figure out exactly the systems we'll get here and when they might arrive.
Similarly، with the car still a year away، our pricing isn't determined yet.