Notices
 

  

  • VW Audi Forum - The # 1 Volkswagen (VW) Group Forum

    VW Audi Forum - The #1 Volkswagen (VW) Forum Dedicated to the whole Volkswagen (VW) Group

    VW Audi Forum - The #1 Volkswagen (VW) Forum Dedicated to the whole Volkswagen (VW) Group of vehicles including Volkswagen (VW), Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Porsche

    Topics covered include Volkswagen (VW) Group news & reviews, owners gallery, advice and general information on everything related to the Volkswagen group of vehicles

    Including owners and enthusiats of Volkswagen (VW), Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Porsche

     
  • The new Audi A8 – The future of the luxury class


    All-new luxury saloon which pushes technological limits in numerous areas, including full driving automation, makes its world debut


    • World debut for flagship model at Audi Summit in Barcelona
    • New design language and a pioneering touch operating concept
    • Piloted driving functions to be rolled out in production Audi A8 versions from 2018
    • Available to order in the UK from September, UK pricing TBC, first deliveries in late 2017

    Today is where the future begins in the luxury class: The new Audi A8 makes its world debut at the Audi Summit in Barcelona. In its fourth generation, the flagship model again sets the benchmark for Vorsprung durch Technik with a new design language, an innovative touchscreen operating concept and systematic drivetrain electrification. The Audi A8 is also the first production car in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving. From 2018, Audi will gradually be taking piloted driving functions such as parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot into production.

    Doyen of style: the exterior design


    The new Audi A8 is stylistically defining – it signals the beginning of a new design era for the entire brand. The front end with its wide, upright Singleframe grille and the fluid, muscular body convey power, elegance, sophistication and modernity, and deliver on the promise made by the Audi prologue design study. The luxury saloon makes a suitably emphatic statement whether in 5.17-metre ‘standard’ form or as the A8 L, which has a 13 centimetre longer wheelbase.


    The Audi brand is renowned worldwide for consistent innovation in design and engineering, for lightweight construction and for quattro permanent all-wheel drive – and every facet of the new A8 reflects these values.


    The balanced proportions emphasise all four wheels in equal measure, and the muscular definition above the wheel arches gives visual expression to the quattro drive. Viewed side-on, the upright front end combined with the gently inclined rear create visual tension which is intensified, particularly at night, by the striking HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser lighting, and the LED light strip combined with OLED technology at the rear. These produce unique light animations as the driver approaches and leaves the car.


    Luxury from head-to-toe: the interior


    Space is often considered to be the ultimate luxury, and compared to its predecessor the new A8 has grown substantially in length in both body styles. Occupants can also now relax in even more sublime surroundings, with every detail radiating superlative bespoke quality – from the perforation in the seat upholstery to the electrically opening and closing shutters on the air vents.


    The most sought-after seat in the new Audi flagship model could quite possibly be the rear left – the optional relaxation seat in the A8 L that comes with four different adjustment options and a footrest. In this seat, the passenger can warm and massage the soles of their feet on a unit with multiple settings incorporated into the back of the front-passenger seat. The new comfort head restraints complete the experience. Rear passengers can also control an array of functions such as ambient lighting, the new HD Matrix reading lights and seat massage, and can make private phone calls via a separate operating unit. The rear seat remote control, with its smartphone-size OLED display, is a removable unit housed in the centre armrest.


    Fingertip response: the controls


    The luxury saloon’s interior deliberately adopts a reductive design; the interior architecture is clear and with a strictly horizontal orientation. Audi carries its high quality standards into the digital age with a radically new operating concept. It dispenses with the familiar rotary pushbutton and touchpad of the predecessor model in favour of an instrument panel which is largely free of buttons and switches. At its centre is a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which, when off, blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surround thanks to its black-panel look.


    The user interface appears as soon as the car is opened. The driver controls the Infotainment system with a fingertip on the large display. He or she can use a second touchscreen display on the centre tunnel console to access the air conditioning and comfort functions as well as make text inputs. When the driver activates a function in the upper or lower display, a click is heard and felt by way of confirmation. The glass-look operating buttons respond in the same way. The combination of acoustic and tactile feedback along with the use of common touch gestures such as swiping make the new MMI touch response especially safe, intuitive and quick to use.


    The A8 can also engage in intelligent conversation. The driver can activate an array of functions using a new, natural form of voice control. Information on destinations and media is either available on board or is delivered from the cloud at LTE speed. The extensive Audi connect range also includes traffic sign recognition and hazard information – innovative car-to-X services that draw on the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet.


    The navigation system has also evolved in line with the car which houses it: It is self-learning, based on the route just driven. This provides the driver with intelligent search suggestions. The map also incorporates highly detailed 3D models of major European cities.


    World premiere: the pilot-driving Audi A8


    The new A8 is the first production car to have been developed specially for highly automated driving. The Audi AI traffic jam pilot takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 37mph on major roads where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways. The system is activated using the AI button on the centre console.


    The traffic jam pilot manages starting, accelerating, steering and braking. The driver no longer needs to monitor the car permanently. They can take their hands off the steering wheel permanently and, depending on the national laws, focus on a different activity that is supported by the car, such as watching the on-board TV. As soon as the system reaches its limits, it calls on the driver to take back control of the task of driving.


    The introduction of the Audi AI traffic jam pilot means the statutory framework will need to be clarified in each individual market, along with the country-specific definition of the application and testing of the system. The brand’s high quality standards are equally applicable in the realm of highly automated driving. In addition, a range of approval procedures and their corresponding timescales will need to be observed worldwide. Audi will therefore be adopting a step-by-step approach to the introduction of the traffic jam pilot in production models.


    From a technical perspective the traffic jam pilot is revolutionary. During piloted driving, a central driver assistance controller (zFAS) now permanently computes an image of the surroundings by merging the sensor data. As well as the radar sensors, a front camera and the ultrasonic sensors,
    Audi is the first car manufacturer also to use a laser scanner.


    The Audi AI remote parking pilot and the Audi AI remote garage pilot autonomously steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, while the manoeuvre is monitored by the driver. The driver does not need to be sitting in the car – he or she can start the appropriate system from their smartphone using the new myAudi app. It broadcasts a live feed of the parking manoeuvre taken from the car’s 360-degree cameras on their handheld device for easy monitoring.


    New dimension: the suspension


    With a whole package of innovations, the suspension pushes the very limits of what is physically possible. One such innovation is dynamic all-wheel steering, which combines quick and direct response with unshakable stability. The steering ratio for the front wheels varies as a function of speed; the rear wheels are turned in or against the direction of steering depending on the speed range. The car’s handling becomes even more dynamic and precise with the sport differential. This actively distributes torque between the rear wheels, complementing the quattro permanent all-wheel drive that is standard in the new A8.


    The second new technology, Audi AI active suspension, is a fully active suspension system. Depending on the driver’s wishes and the driving situation, it is capable of raising or lowering each wheel separately with electric actuators. This newfound latitude enables it to deliver the polished ride comfort of a classic luxury saloon and the taut, composed agility of a more driver-oriented performance car in equal measure. In combination with pre sense 360°, the car is rapidly raised if there is an impending lateral collision, reducing the potential consequences of the accident for all occupants.


    This highly innovative suspension system obtains the energy it requires from a 48-volt electrical circuit. The A8 is the first Audi model to use this more powerful network as its primary electrical system, and all versions reap its benefit. In conjunction with the advanced air suspension for the A8, the innovative fully active suspension concept delivers an utterly new driving experience.


    Mild hybrid and e-tron


    The new A8 makes its debut with two extensively reengineered V6 turbo engines: a 3.0 TDI and a 3.0 TFSI. The diesel develops 286PS, and the petrol version 340PS. An eight-cylinder TDI – a 4.0-litre with 435PS – will follow slightly later. The exclusive top engine version is the W12 with a displacement of 6.0 litres.


    All five engines operate in conjunction with a belt alternator starter (BAS), which is the nerve centre of the 48-volt electrical system. This mild hybrid technology (MHEV, mild hybrid electric vehicle) enables the car to coast with the engine switched off, and to restart smoothly. It also has an extended start/stop function and an energy recovery output of up to 12 kW. The combined effect of these measures is to bring down the fuel consumption of the already efficient engines even further – by as much as 0.7 litres for every 100 kilometres (62.1 miles) covered in real world driving conditions.


    The A8 L e-tron quattro with its powerful plug-in hybrid drivetrain will follow at a later date: Its 3.0 TFSI engine and powerful electric motor achieve 449PS of system power and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque. The lithium-ion battery stores enough power for about 31 miles of electric driving. Audi Wireless Charging will be offered at a later date as an option. A pad in the garage floor transfers the power inductively to a receiver coil in the car.


    The new Audi A8 and A8 L are being built at the Neckarsulm plant in Germany and will be appearing on UK roads in late 2017 following initial availability for ordering in September.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The new Audi A8 – The future of the luxury class started by stuart View original post
  • AutoComSoft VIS Info System


    VW Audi Forum - UK Sole Distributor for the AutoComSoft Vis Info System

    The IDEAL companion for the VCDS user

     
  • PayPal Donation

    If you like this website, and would like to give something in return, you can make a donation. Your donation will be used to help pay for hosting service, and on improving the website and facilities for members. If you would like to make a donation, please enter your amount and follow the PayPal link.

     
  • Recent Forum Posts

    carbonman

    Re: Power steering judder and battery light.

    Update on this
    Car has had a new alternator now and is running like a dream.
    Its doing more MPG than it was before! Also the steering problems

    carbonman Today, 10:30 AM Go to last post
    inspectorman63

    Re: Quiescent current stage 1 & 2 intermittent

    Post 56 writes"It was 0.2v (from memory whilst the car locked up and everything shut off."

    inspectorman63 Today, 09:29 AM Go to last post
    AT.

    Re: Apple Watch

    I'm not familiar with your watch, but it sounds to me, that you didn't connected it to the MMI.

    As an independent mobile device, it should

    AT. Today, 09:12 AM Go to last post
    wildbore

    Re: Matrix LED in the fog

    Certainly agree that adaptive on xenons is much more obvious in its working than on these matrix lights - and xenon adaptive seemed better at lighting

    wildbore Today, 08:29 AM Go to last post
    bolleboll

    Rear right door does not open

    Hi.

    I have a keyless Q5 2009 with a door lock that started to give me problems. Sometimes it was not possible to unlock the door from the

    bolleboll Today, 03:15 AM Go to last post
    A6S

    Apple Watch

    Hi guys
    Anyone here managed to get their watch connected to the Bluetooth on the A6? Tried everything and it just won’t connect.
    I have

    A6S Today, 12:47 AM Go to last post
    1616Six

    Re: CR140 - heater only hot on recirc?!

    Tonight I’ve stripped most of it down ready, glovebox out & bits of trim removed in preparation & I can now see the end of the matrix.

    1616Six Yesterday, 11:55 PM Go to last post
    rjsdavis

    Re: Quiescent current stage 1 & 2 intermittent

    Hello Rob

    Thanks for this - I've got a 2007 A6 C6 2.0 TDI Avant. It had occurred to me also that the battery being drawn down to discharged

    rjsdavis Yesterday, 11:48 PM Go to last post
    rjsdavis

    Re: Quiescent current stage 1 & 2 intermittent

    Hi Inspectorman

    Thanks for the post - TPS received the battery this evening, and tested it there and then. It was "unserviceable"

    rjsdavis Yesterday, 11:29 PM Go to last post
    srbsq7

    Re: Coolant warning light

    Hope it’s all sorted soon once and for all. What a nightmare ...

    srbsq7 Yesterday, 11:29 PM Go to last post
    muffster

    Re: Water ingress

    Bit of an update.
    I managed to find the other drain hole which is underneath the brake servo. It was blocked up, cleaned it out and hoped it would

    muffster Yesterday, 11:28 PM Go to last post
    hufodorp

    Re: Heating blasting cold then hot then cold...

    I just diagnosed it with VCDS. The center outlet temperature sensor thinks it is around 84 degree Celsius. I tried to reconnect but no luck. Does anyone

    hufodorp Yesterday, 11:22 PM Go to last post
    JSRed

    Re: Matrix LED in the fog

    It definitely did not go into dipped beam mode. It was constantly changing the beam pattern and brightness. I wish I'd filmed it now. I kept playing with

    JSRed Yesterday, 10:49 PM Go to last post
    Akash

    Re: Any ideas?

    If it is what I think it is - I have the same in the A7 and both previous C7 A6's

    Akash Yesterday, 10:49 PM Go to last post
    Renars

    Re: New Audi A6 saloon 2.0 Tfsi on order

    Expect 8 injectors instead of 4 to fail
    Ok ok its a new car expect great driving expierence, they are very nice cars to drive no matter engine

    Renars Yesterday, 10:49 PM Go to last post
     
  • Advertisements

     
  • Advertisements

     
  • Advertisements

     




  



Disclaimer: VW Audi Forum is an "independant enthusiast website", administered in line with guidelines supplied by VAG in the UK, and is in no way related to any of the Worldwide Volkswagen,Audi,Seat,Skoda,Bentley,Bugatti,Porsche or Lamborghini group of Companies. For official up to date information on any of there vehicles, please visit the official websites. Any comments made throughout this website, are the views of the respective poster, and in no way represent the views of the VW Audi Forum Administration, or the worldwide Volkswagen & Audi Group of companies.


VW Audi Forum do not vet and are not responsible for any information which is posted in this forum. All content is viewed and used by you at your own risk and we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of any of the information.


Copyright: Certain "words", "phrases" and "Images" used on this website by the Administration are "Copyright" of Volkswagen GB, Volkswagen AG (Germany), Audi GB, Audi AG (Germany), Volkswagen Motorsport GB, Volkswagen Motorsport AG (Germany), Audi Motorsport AG (Germany), Volkswagen Racing GB, Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche and Lamborghini. No image can be replicated by anyone WITHOUT the relevant Companies written permission.


All trademarks and copyrights remain property of their respective owners.

No part of the VW Audi Forum website or forum may be reproduced without written permission from the site administration


PLEASE NOTE - PERSONAL ABUSE, ABUSE AGAINST THIS OR ANY OTHER WEBSITE OR ANY COMPANY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. OFFENDERS WILL BE MODERATED OR EVEN BANNED.


This website and forum are best viewed at a minimum resolution of 1024 by 768.



  



- VW AUDI Forum - The #1 Volkswagen (VW) Group Forum - Volkswagen (VW) - Audi - Seat - Skoda - Bentley - Bugatti - Lamborghini - Porsche - VW Audi Forum -


- www.vwaudiforum.co.uk - www.vwaudiforum.co.uk -