Audi released the first-generation of A8 as early as 1994, and after that various generations of the A8 have made their appearance in the automobile market. They introduced many segment-first technologies and this fourth generation A8 gets rightly acclaimed as the future of the luxury class sedans. It comes with an innovative Level 3 conditional automated driving which offers the independence to the driver to take their eyes off the road and concentrate on many other things like attending to phone or using the infotainment system. The latest use of Audi’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) enables the car to park via a smartphone remotely.
The fourth-generation of A8 or the (D5) model remains based on the MLB Evo platform which uses the Audi Space Frame concept. The body consists of 58 per cent aluminium, carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer, steel, and magnesium. It makes the body 24 per cent more rigid than its older siblings. You also get the Audi trapezoidal grille, HD Matrix LED headlamps along with the laser lights which offer a fantastic light show while locking and unlocking the sedan. There are 138 individual LEDs and one laser diode present in each headlamp. The tail lamps in the rear end also bear a new design with a full-length light strip embellishing the boot lid.
Just like the exterior, the interiors of A8 also bear a premium upmarket touch. The handles of doors are actually large switches, so a mere five millimetres pull helps in operating them both in the inside as well as outside. However, there is also an ‘exit warning’ which delays the operation when it senses any traffic movement close to the car. The interiors are in premium quality leather, and the rear passengers can now enjoy lounge-class relaxation where you can fully recline the seat after pushing the front seat forward. A8 also has intelligent Matrix LED reading lamps in the rear end. The infotainment system is taken care by one central 10.1-inch touchscreen display and another 8.6 inch unit below it.
You get a wide range of powertrains in Audi A8. There are three diesel and one petrol variant in this sedan. The standard models come with 3.0-Litres turbo-diesel engine, while the top end versions have 4.0-Litres V8 Diesel Motor with Common Rail Injection unit and Turbocharging, and V8 Bi-turbo Petrol Engine. The petrol trim can churn out a maximum power of 429 bhp@5100-6000 rpm and a peak torque of 600 Nm@1500-5000 rpm. The engine remains mated to 8-Speed automatic transmission gearbox supplying power to all the wheels.
The starting price of this premium sedan is INR 1.09 Crore (Ex-showroom Price, Delhi). Audi A8 locks horn with Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series in the Indian market.
Audi A8 comes with many improved features. • The car has an excellent look and is one of the most beautiful sedans available in the Indian market. The body also uses a range of materials including aluminium and carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer making it light yet rigid. • The car has fast acceleration and the 4.0 Litres Petrol engine can sprint to 100 Kmpl in just 4.6 seconds. • The interior of the vehicle is swanky, and the engine uses many futuristic technologies like the use of Audi’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) for parking the car.
The car also has a few advantages which are difficult to ignore.
• The mileage of the sedan is only 7.4 Kmpl which can be improved. • There is no USB connectivity in the infotainment unit which is a drawback for a car in this segment.
Finally, we can say that the Audi A8 is one of the most sought-after sedans in the premium section.