The new Audi A8 will go on sale in Ireland priced from €99,950 OTR. Audi’s flagship luxury saloon will be available to order from 2nd October, 2017.
The new Audi A8 has launched in the Irish market with two extensively re-engineered V6 turbo engines: a 3.0 TDI and a 3.0 TFSI. The diesel version outputs 286 hp, and the petrol version 340 hp. An eight-cylinder version – a 4.0 TDI with 435 hp will follow in the coming months. The exclusive top engine version is the W12, with a displacement of 6.0 litres.
All engine variants operate in conjunction with a belt alternator starter (BAS), which is the nerve centre of the 48-volt electrical system. The mild hybrid technology (MHEV, mild hybrid electric vehicle) enables the car to coast with the engine switched off and to restart smoothly.
Inside, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display screen appears as soon as the car is opened. The black-panel look means once the car is powered off, the display blends almost invisibly into the car’s high-gloss, black surround. A second touchscreen display is positioned on the centre tunnel console, which can access the car’s air conditioning and comfort functions, as well as make text inputs.
The new A8 is available with an optional Audi AI active suspension. It’s based on the 48-volt electrical system, which will be used for the first time as the main electrical system. Through the use of electric actuators, the system cleverly allows the driver to raise or lower each wheel separately, depending on road conditions.
The new Audi A8 has been developed especially for Level 3 highly automated driving. The Audi AI traffic jam pilot takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 60 km/h on motorways where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways. The system is activated using the AI button on the centre console, prompting the traffic jam pilot to initiate starting, accelerating, steering and braking. The Audi A8’s Audi AI remote parking pilot and the Audi AI remote garage pilot autonomously steers the Audi A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, while the manoeuvre is monitored by the driver, either inside or outside the car. Audi will initiate series production of the traffic jam pilot in the new A8 incrementally, depending on the legal situation in the respective country.