While Mercedes and BMW have reworked their luxury sedans lately, Audi has renewed the A8. First introduced in 1994, premier luxury sedan has finally succeeded to beat its competitors. The model rolls out this fall at a price of about $90,000. The refreshed A8 appears with revised engine, increased power and efficiency, and structural changes which enhanced the driving experience. Audi A8 has been utilizing the aluminum monocoque (known as Audi Space Frame), a high-strength aluminium frame structure, which delivers the increased performance and lower fuel consumption due to lower weight, high crash protection, and improved handling since its birth in 1994. Now the model features a 25% increase in torsional stability due to new welding technologies. Carrying the naturally aspirated 4.2-L V8 engine, Audi A8 boasts 372 hp and 328 lb-ft. The V8, placed in the third-generation A8, gains 22 hp and 4 lb-ft of torque over the previous model. Though that power does not exceed German competitors', the model's weight reduction results in more seamless acceleration. According to Audi, new A8 gains 13 percent of fuel economy over its predecessor, translating into 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
While the exterior remained traditional with massive grille and those characteristic LED lamps (except for 202.2 inches stem-to-stern with a wheelbase of 117.8 inches), the interior became the selling point. Appearing more eye-catching than that of BMW 7-series and brighter than that of Mercedes S-class, with fewer buttons than inside Porsche Panamera, the cabin features elegant leather, wood, or aluminum (if chosen). The interior is now equipped with a rectangular touchpad located to the knobs left, which is why the system is called the MMI Touch. The MMI contains the Audi pre-sense safety system along with speed limit display. As stated by the company, it can sense the forthcoming collision and lower impact speeds by as much as 25 mph. The $3000 Technology package also includes radar-based cruise control and lane-departure warning systems. The search engine and navigation maps powered by Google demonstrate ease of their usage. Such features, as the Bang and Olufsen advanced sound system with 17X1400W speakers, night vision assistant with infra red camera, auxiliary seat functions, are offered in optional packages. Those, who choose to sit in the back, are treated with massage seats, two climate zone air conditioning, and LCD screens. Comfortable and dynamic, Audi A8 is actually a reference point in the luxury vehicle category.