The Audi A8 is among the pioneer models of the Audi range of vehicles. It was unveiled back in 1994 and to date; this flagship model continues to be among the most sought after luxury sedans in the auto world. Its automaker has put down important plans to create an all new generation model of the A8 for the 2016 year release. Audi is expected to introduce quite significant changes in this 2016 Audi A8. The current V8 is based on the MLB platform which is also found in other models like the Volkswagen vehicles. Audi is expected to drop this MLB EVO platform which was unveiled in 2013 in favor of a sportier MSB platform which is being developed by Porsche for their upcoming 2017 Panamera.
2016 AUDI A8: REDESIGN EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR
2016 Audi A8 will be nothing like its predecessor since it will get a wider and a flatter grille with large air ventilations which shall be located on the sides of the front fender. Its headlights will come in a new wedge like shape. The front and rear suspension will be independent with a number of five linkage connections which will offer a tremendous balance between comfort and sportiness.
As for the interior, the new 2016 Audi A8 will get an entirely redesigned interior with various high tech features. Its new design will be quite attractive, spacious and more comfy. The interior will be highly secure with various driver assistance systems. Equipments such as Audi’s upgraded MMI operating system will be offered. Interestingly, 2016 Audi A8 entire dashboard will be a 3D screen. From a separate screen, the passenger will be able to operate and program the navigation system or any other feature by simply flipping the finger to switch the feature in front of the driver. Apart from this, there will also be other interesting functions which will come with this model.
Still on its interior, one will be able to enjoy features such as traffic jam assistance which when activated; this technological feature will control the steering, the brakes and throttle. Again, this car will be completed with two radar sensors, eight ultrasonic sensors and a wide angle video camera which will assist the driver in keeping a safe distance with other cars. This system has been specifically designed to control driving, acceleration as well as braking at speeds of about 60km/h. It is a high tech driving system which was recently unveiled at a Customer Electronics Show event in Vegas.
2016 AUDI A8: ENGINE OPTIONS AND FUEL ECONOMY
2016 Audi A8 will run on a number of engines. The first one is a 4.0 liter twin turbo petrol engine which generates an output of 605 horses and 515 lb-ft or torque. Its fuel economy is rated at 29 mpg combined. This powetrain has a high efficiency of about 48 V on an electrical system which is quite good since a regular car has about 12 V. This efficient system makes the 2016 Audi A8 to fall in the category of mild hybrids. This drive unit enables the car to accelerate to 100 km/h in about 3.7 seconds. Another engine alternative will be a 6.3 liter W12 with a power output of 570 horses and 310 pounds-feet of torque. As for the European market, Audi will offer a number of diesel engines on the new 2016 Audi A8 model. These diesel engines are likely to be a 3.0 liter V6 TDI with 272 horses, a 4.0 liter V8 TDI with 408 horses and a 5.0 liter V10 TDI with about 500 horses.
2016 Audi A8: Release Date and Price
This new 2016 Audi A8 is likely to be launched in the first quarter of 2016. Among its most powerful opponents will be Mercedes Benz S-Class. There is no news about its exact price but the price will certainly increase from the current one.