10 things to know about the 2022 Audi A8

Audi's new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series competitor is improved with more luxury and tech

04 November 2021 - 11:40 By Phuti Mpyane
From better lights to clever smartphone integration, the new Audi A8 keeps the luxury charm going.
From better lights to clever smartphone integration, the new Audi A8 keeps the luxury charm going.
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Audi has reworked its flagship A8 limousine with a wider frame-grille, more chrome pasted on surfaces and numerous other enhancements. Here are 10 points to highlight on the new model. 

It's still a big rig

The new car is just 1cm longer than the car it replaces. Size remains virtually unchanged then with a wheelbase of three metres, length of 5.19m and width of 1.95m and height of 1.47m. The body is made up of 58% aluminium parts.

And then there was light

Audi likes to have intelligent fun with its lights and the new A8 gets Digital Matrix LED headlights with digital micromirror device technology. This means that each headlight has about 1.3-million micromirrors that break down the light into tiny pixels allowing for better precision distribution.

Highlights include the ability for the A8 headlights to emit a carpet of light that illuminates the driver’s own lane particularly brightly while the digital organic light-emitting diode OLEDs at the rear are able to display different patterns such as when the “dynamic” Audi drive select mode is chosen, the lights change to a wider signature that is only available in that mode.

Smartphone integration at the back

Smartphone mirroring moves to the back where a pair of 10.1-inch displays with full HD resolution attached to the backs of the front seats display content from passengers’ mobile devices and can receive numerous audio and video streams via casting.

It can do solo parking

There are about 40 driver assistance systems available in the enhanced Audi A8. These include Audi pre-sense safety systems, night vision assistant and surround-view cameras, and remote park assist plus, which can automatically manoeuvre the large sedan into and out of a parallel or bay parking space. The driver does not even need to be in the car for it to do that.

Power of six, eight and sometimes four

All of the new Audi A8 get quattro all-wheel drive and mild hybrid technology (MHEV) as a standard feature, the latter which uses the 48-volt main electrical system. They are available with a 3.0 TFSi V6 engine with 210kW (China only) and 250kW and 500Nm.  The 4.0l V8 TFSI for the A8 60 has 338kW and 660Nm powers  while the same motor wields 420kW and 800Nm for the S8 models. A highlight of the V8 is the cylinder on demand system (COD), which temporarily deactivates four cylinders for moderate driving. The A8 is also available with a TDI engine and a plug-in hybrid model will  follow soon.

Clever suspension

Only the S82 gets the extraordinary predictive active suspension that acts in conjunction with the front camera to spot uneven surfaces, and lifts the rear when negotiating speed humps. The top model also benefits from a sport differential, and dynamic all-wheel steering.  

Long-wheel base

The short of it is that only the large markets of China, the US, Canada, and South Korea will again have exclusive access to the long wheel base A8L. 

Paint palettes 

For the first time in the A8 there's an S line exterior package and additionally a black appearance package which swathes badges and names with black. The colour options for the A8 include eleven colors, among them the new metallic District Green, Firmament Blue, Manhattan Gray, and Ultra Blue, five matt finishes — Daytona Gray, Floret Silver, District Green, Terra Gray, and Glacier White. In the Audi exclusive programme, the car is painted in the customer’s chosen colour.

Ouch, the Horch is only for China

The Audi A8 L Horch tips a hat to August Horch, the German engineer who founded the company which would eventually become Audi. It's the ultra-luxurious top echelon of the range and at 5.45m long it's 13cm longer than regular A8 L models.

It benefits from bespoke equipment like expanded diamond quilting, logo embossing in the cushions, deep-pile floor mats and specifically designed Singleframe with vertical braces and a Horch emblem on the C-pillar and “H crown” rim design to indicate its individuality. A two-colour finish is also optional for customers in China. Three colour combinations, applied by hand, are available: Mythos Black and Florett Silver, Florett Silver and Mythos Black, and Firmament Blue and Ultra Blue.

Base price: starting at 99,500 euros

The enhanced Audi A8 starts in December in European markets. In Germany, the base price for the A8 is now 99,500 euros (R1,759,220). The Audi S8 is available starting at 144,800 euros (R2,560,695). SA will get only the short-wheel base S8 as per usual.  

 

The extended rear living quarters of the A8L have been modified for better comfort.
The extended rear living quarters of the A8L have been modified for better comfort.
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