Being bigger than ever, the standard 2018 A8 is a hair under 17 feet long, with the extended-wheelbase version requiring an additional 5.11 inches of parking space. The auto would be able to park itself automatically, without any need of driver. The range-topping engine remains a 6.0 liter W12, because smoothness is the true sign of luxury.
Recognizing that the availability of traffic jam pilot will be subject to local laws and regulations, Audi has some wiggle room with its claims.
Among the showcase features available from the new A8's long list of optional equipment is a so-called Traffic Jam Pilot system.
The new Audi A8 is set to prove itself to be a versatile performer on the road, thanks to its active suspension, which will provide comfort-oriented customers with a highly-automated saloon, as well as a stylishly smooth ride.
In addition, Audi's new AI traffic jam pilot manages the car's starting, steering, accelerating and braking up to speeds of 37mph on dual carriageways and motorways.
This new Audi A8 seems to take a similar approach to the 7 Series, rather than the S-Class, in that it's changes are subtle on the surface but massive underneath the skin. Known for playing it safe with its sedans' designs, Audi is adding a splash of character to the new A8, and in turn its entire lineup moving forward. In 2018 the vehicle will be outfitted with automatic Parking, automatic Parking garage auto-pilot in traffic jams. The new A8 marks a new design direction for the Volkswagen-owned luxury car-maker. The system is activated using the AI button on the centre console. Each one is paired to a mild hybrid system that can allow the A8 to coast up to 40 seconds without the engine running, between 34 and 99 miles per hour.
Despite the current appetite for diesel engines being on a par with those willing to form a UK Brexit strategy, the dirty fuel will dominate the A8 engine line up. That said, it does look a lot more muscular and instantly recognisable from the last generation A8. As a result, when the A8 arrives in showrooms in the first half of 2018, it will do so without its headline technology. Later to come will be two V8 engine options, a 4.0 liter TDI V8 that will make 435 hp and the 4.0 liter TFSI V8 with 460 hp. It will combine the 3.0-litre turbo petrol V6 with an electric motor for an overall system output of 443bhp. In the interim, however, the driver will be able to completely relinquish control of the steering wheel. The camera watches the road ahead for imperfections and primes the suspension accordingly.
Audi has also loaded the 2017 Audi A8 with its brand-new pilot-driving mode.
The A8 will be offered with the choice of two turbocharged V6 engines from the outset of sales in October.
Highlights include new front seats that are 4kg lighter compared to the previous model, HD digital instrument graphics and an updated MMI (Multi-Media Interface) system with two separate displays - one measuring 10.1inch and the other an 8.6inch curved unit.
The innovative combination of dynamic and rear axle steering resolves the conflict of aims between agility and stability in the shape of dynamic all-wheel steering: The steering characteristics are direct while ensuring a high level of handling stability; the steering feel encompasses a wide spread from comfortable through to intense feedback.