Audi has unveiled the new A8 in Barcelona along with new technologies, concepts and other future innovations such as sustainable manufacturing, lightweight construction, connectivity, piloted driving and digital services. Audi's flagship model, the fourth-generation A8 gets a new design language, new connectivity technologies and is the first model to have a fully electric version as well. The Audi A8 is available in two trim levels - a long-wheelbase version and a standard version. It is powered by a 3.0 litre V6 turbo TDI diesel engine with 286 hp of power and a 3.0 litre TFSI unit that produces 340 hp. The new Audi A8 will also come with two V8 engines that consists of a 4.0 litre TDI unit with 435 hp output and a 4.0 litre TFSI petrol engine generating 460 hp. The larger 6.0 litre W12 engine is available only in the top version. These engine options gets Audi's mild-hybrid technology. The new Audi A8 with the mild-hybrid is powered by a 48-volt electrical system that allows coasting with its engine switched off and the drivetrain decoupled. It also features an extended start-stop mode and a high level of brake-energy recuperation. It is the first model in the company's lineup that has been developed for highly automated driving and the car can drive up to 60 kmph in traffic and on highways without driver intervention.
In addition, Audi also presented its Audi AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology at the event. The Audi AI technology has been designed for concepts such as autonomy, intelligence and innovation. With the help of this, Audi AI is said to make driving easy and safe for the occupants by adapting to the individual needs and suggests appropriate service if desired by the passengers.
The car manufacturer is also digitalising its processes like product development with virtual-reality and facilities with intelligent robots. Customers will be able to order an Audi using a smartphone app by 2020 in 15 major markets initially. The car manufacturer is also planning the CO2 neutral production of the Audi e-tron in Brussels by 2018. The company will also start CO2 capturing, which is a process for removing carbon dioxide from the air. It can be used to produce innovative fuels such as synthetic Audi e-gas or even carbonated drinks.