Revealed earlier this year, the new 2019 Audi A8 managed to stun a lot of people with all the technology it incorporates, so let’s take a closer look at it. For starters, just like with its predecessor, the car is using the same platform as the Q7. However, this time around the new MLB Evo architecture does come with quite a few improvements over the older one. Thanks to the extensive use of a new type of aluminum, the car is stiffer and lighter than ever before. This translates in better NVH levels as well as a better set of driving characteristics. Coupling this with the relatively short wheelbase for its class then the A8 has to become one of the best cars to drive when it comes to full-size luxury vehicles.
2019 Audi A8 Review
The all aluminum platform is definitely a step in the right direction but the A8 is still not perfect. As we have said, the car features a shorter than usual wheelbase which means there is slightly less space inside than in its main rivals. However, it also comes with a lot of active safety features which do make the A8 standout. Read about new Honda Insight 2019…
For starters, it is one of the first cars to come with a Level 3 Autonomous Driving system which is capable of driving all by itself at speeds of up to 37 MPH. Even though this may not sound like much, it may be a lifesaver in city traffic or long rush-hour commutes. On top of that, the car can also park itself and it can avoid a few different type of accidents.
Another interesting feature is the auto-leveling suspension system which uses electric motors to raise or lower the car. This is not only fast but it can detect an accident before it happens and raise the car accordingly in order to minimize the damage its passengers will take.
Like with most of their other cars, there is nothing all that special about how the 2019 Audi A8 looks. Even though there is nothing wrong with it, the car doesn’t really manage to leave an impression.
When viewed from the profile it is nearly identical to its predecessor. The rear end is quite striking though as it features the car-wide tail light which is a trademark of Audi’s older Quattro models.
In the front though, the massive hexagonal grille and the relatively large headlights make for a rather unusual look. Even so, they do blend with the rest of the car’s design but we would have hoped for something a bit more interesting.
Audi worked a lot in order to make the cabin of the A8 special. While the exterior is nothing to write home about, the cabin is by far one of the best in its class.
All the controls have been changed with touch-based ones and the materials are well above the average too.
The driving position is great and all seats are electrically adjustable, heated and ventilated, all as standard. Some models do get better materials such as more exquisite wood or even gloss-black materials.
Engine and Specs
For now, there are just a few engines available with the 2019 Audi A8. The base model gets a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 which will deliver 340 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
|2019 Audi A8||Short Specs|
|Body Style||4dr sedan|
|Price||3.0 TFSI, $89,000
4.0 TFSI, $99,000
|Performance||0-60 mph: 4.0-5.5 sec
0-100 mph: 9.9-13.3 sec
|Gas Mileage||20/30 mpg City/Hwy|
The interesting part about this is that it will also feature a 9 horsepower electric motor that will help in certain scenarios. Further up the range, the car will also feature a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8.
With 460 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque, and the same type of hybrid system, this should easily make the A8 one of the fastest sedans on the market. In the future, we will also see a 6.0-liter W12 engine with up to 585 horsepower.
Release and Price
So far Audi hasn’t released the official pricing scheme for the upcoming A8. Even so, it looks like most rumors seem to suggest the base model is going to cost, in the US, around $90,000.
The higher-end version of the car, on the other hand, will cost close to $100,000, thus making it one of Audi’s most expensive vehicles yet.
Later down the road, the 2019 Audi A8 will also receive a higher end version with the W12. This one is more than likely going to cost in excess of $150,000 but more on it later.
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