Now if you thought the new BMW 7 Series was a hoot just because you can use the key to park it. Audi has something in store for you! The new A8 which will be unveiled will be one of the most technologically advanced Audi ever. Not only will the new A8 be built on the new brand-exclusive platform, it will also have the most advanced active suspension system ever fitted to an Audi. The suspension is part of the 48-volt electrical architecture that is Audi’s new MLB Evo architecture. It works using a front mounted camera to analyse the road ahead as much as 18 times pers second and adjust the suspension to best suit the surface, which means that in Mumbai the car will be making 18 changes every second considering the road conditions! Now Audi says that this technology will not only help stabilise the car in bad road conditions but also comes into play in the event of a collision by lifting the side where the impact is about to happen. This allows the collision to occur with the strongest parts of the car, allowing maximum dissipation of impact. Additionally, the electrically stabilised chassis will also allow for rear wheel steering by steering in the same direction as the front wheels, which will improve the car agility exponentially, allowing it to steer out of otherwise very tight situations. Audi also says that this will greatly improve the way the steering weighs up on the driver.
The A8 will draw on styling cues from the Audi Prologue concept, revealed in 2014, with geometric headlamps and rear tail lights that span the tail of the car and a large central grill. Although the wheels may be a little smaller and production friendly than the prologue concept.
The A8, as a stepping stone of Audi’s mission to go all electric, will be available only as a hybrid. The Audi A8 will be available in the form of a V6 petrol and will have an electric motor to supplement the internal combustion engine.
However, the A8s party piece will be the fully autonomous driving mode, using Audi’s Piloted driver technology, and can fully control the car up to speeds of 60 kmph. The Audi’s autonomous system will also kick in during regular manual driving to maximise fuel efficiency and smoothness while driving, you know, in case your clown feet doesn’t please the German automation robots in the car.