Many Audi customers are eagerly awaiting the release of the brand-new Audi A8. It’s not only the brand’s latest flagship luxury sedan, packing Audi’s latest luxury and technology into a new sleek-looking package, but it’s also a car of firsts. It’s the very first production car in history to have Level 3 Autonomy, or the ability to drive completely on its own in a specific set of circumstances. It’s also the first to have interesting luxury features, such as a foot massager. So, naturally, Audi A8 customers are excited for the new model.
Fortunately for German A8 customers, the new model will be available to order on October 5, just a few days from now. The base price in Germany for the Audi A8 is 90,600 euros, with the long-wheelbase version starting at 94,100 euros. There will be two engines to choose from at the start, though more powertrain options will be available in the future. Both of the starting engine options will be turbocharged V6 engine, one petrol and one diesel.
As for the V6 petrol, it will be the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 TFSI engine you’ll find in an Audi S4. So it will make 340 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. When paired with an eight-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive, the A8 3.0T will be able to get from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. That’s pretty quick in such a gigantic, heavy luxury sedan. As for the V6 diesel, it will be a 3.0 liter TDI engine, making 286 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the same automatic and all-wheel drive, the A8 3.0 TDI will get from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds. Considering the diesel engine is barely any slower but also more efficient, it’s probably the best choice.
But it’s not the A8’s engines that people are so excited about. It’s the fact that the Audi A8 has Traffic Jam Pilot, which allows the car to completely drive itself, with no driver input necessary, under certain circumstances. So at speeds under 60 km/h (37 mph), on a motorway with two sides of traffic and with clearly marked lines, the Audi A8, can pilot itself entirely, until one of those parameters is no longer met. It’s fascinating and is said to work very well.
For those of you in Germany who are looking at a new high-end luxury car, take a look at the new Audi A8. Orders start next week.