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The new Audi S8 combines progressive luxury with dynamic athleticism while honing its reputation as the benchmark for innovative suspension systems.

19 Nov 2019 | International News : Germany


The new Audi S8 combines progressive luxury with dynamic athleticism while honing its reputation as the benchmark for innovative suspension systems

Standard seats in the S8 offer a wide range of power adjustment, as well as adjustable side bolsters
Every detail of the new Audi S8 reflects its character as a sporty luxury model. One particular highlight is the standard comfort customised contour seats. They feature wide-ranging power adjustment, pneumatically adjustable side bolsters and separate three-stage heating for each seat. What is more, they are optionally available with ventilation and massage functions. 

The 38 driver assistance systems that Audi provides for the new S8 are divided into the 'City' and 'Tour' packages. Adaptive cruise assist - the central system in the 'Tour' package - stands out among the comprehensive range of assist systems. It combines the functions of adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist and lane tracking.

In the 'City' assist package, Audi Pre Sense Side joins the systems Pre Sense Front and Pre Sense Rear to create Audi Pre Sense 360. If the system detects an impending side impact, it can operate together with the predictive active suspension to instantly raise the body by as much as 80mm. This brings the sill into a better position to absorb the impact energy, mitigating the potential consequences of the accident for the occupants.

A bi-turbocharged V8 engine with mild hybrid technology will deliver 554bhp and 800Nm of torque
With a bi-turbocharged V8 engine with mild hybrid technology, the high-performance powerplant in the Audi S8 offers an output of 554bhp, and 800Nm, ensuring that ample power is available for any situation. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h it takes just 3.8 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h.

But, sports car-level emotion and performance are also paired with comfort and efficiency thanks to a mild hybrid system that works continuously to reduce fuel consumption. Its 48-volt belt alternator starter and lithium-ion battery enable coasting with the engine switched off, and a fast restart with an extended start-stop range.

The new S8 comes also standard with Predictive Active Suspension. The high-tech system, which works in combination with the air suspension, can lift or push down each wheel separately via electromechanical actuators. It is therefore possible for the first time to actively control body movement in any driving situation and thus greatly reduce pitch or roll during acceleration or braking.

Predictive Active Suspension will actively control body movement in any driving situation
The Audi S8 also redefines the limits of physical possibility thanks to its dynamic all-wheel steering. It combines the direct, sporty steering response and a tight turning circle at low and medium speeds with supreme stability on the highway, thus resolving a long-standing conflict of objectives.

The Audi S8 offers a progressive technology experience with new digital services and state-of-the-art connectivity.

The Multi Media Interface (MMI) touch response operating concept is fully digital. The driver controls nearly all functions via two large displays, but can also use natural speech control, which offers virtually unlimited freedom when formulating questions and commands. The answers are provided either from information stored on board or from the cloud. Alexa, Amazon's cloud-based voice assistant, is also available as an option. 

All driving-relevant displays appear in the Audi virtual cockpit, which can be switched between two views. While the tachometer and speedometer are displayed as large dial-type gauges in driving mode, the map is the centre of attention in infotainment mode.

The special S-performance layout will display the tachometer as a graph on the Audi virtual cockpit
Both views have S-specific red graphical details. A special S-performance layout for the Audi virtual cockpit - where the central focus is the tachometer, displayed as a square graph, and the output and torque are shown as percentages - can also be selected in the MMI.

The optional head-up display can display important information on the windshield. Online traffic sign information, hazard alerts and on‑street parking round out the range of car-to-X services.

The myAudi app connects the car to the customer's smartphone so that they can easily send destinations to the car from their couch. The Audi smartphone interface brings Android Auto and wirelessly Apple Car Play on board. High-end components such as the Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System and the Audi phone box round out the infotainment lineup in the new S8.
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