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TDI and hybrid versions to follow later

Audi has unveiled its new flagship sedan called the A8 at Miami design week. The new sedan is set to come to America in 2010 and sources cited by Autoblog claim that the sedan will also be offered in TDI and hybrid versions.

The standard version of the A8 has a 4.2-liter FSI V8 with 372 horses mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox. The V8 engine is more powerful than the engine in the previous version of the A8, but Audi manage to improve fuel efficiency despite additional power. Audi claims that the fuel efficiency of the new engine is 15% higher than the previous V8.

The 8-speed Tiptronic transmission is complemented by full-time all wheel drive tuned for more power to the rear wheels. The A8 is a large vehicle measuring in at 16.85 feet long with a wheelbase of 9.82 feet. The car is 6.39 feet wide and 4.79 feet in height. The vehicle can also be equipped with radar sensors that work with the optional adaptive cruise control to change the speed of the car when in traffic.

Audi uses full LED headlights on the A8 and the lights change their throw and direction based on cues from the navigation system inside the car. The new A8 also has an improved MMI navigation and recognizes handwriting.

The LED lights consist of 22 white and 22 yellow LEDs combined with a surface reflector. The color temperature of the lights is 5,500 Kelvin allowing the light produced to resemble daylight making for less eye fatigue. The low beam LED lights consume only 40 watts each when in use.

Audi's Rupert Stadler said in a statement, "The new Audi A8 is the sportiest sedan in its segment. It combines numerous functions in a new and intelligent way. And it's unmatched in the stylistic elements and impression of the interior."

The new Audi A8's adaptive cruise control system can even be used in traffic with a special stop & go feature that will reduce the speed of the car all the way to a stop when in traffic. Data is received from 27 different control units to let the system know exactly where the car is located to make the system function.

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By geddarkstorm on 12/1/2009 12:45:43 PM , Rating: 4
That is one beautiful car, especially the interior.

Dunno about all the gadgets though, but I guess Bond would be proud. I do like the sound of the gearbox and LED lights. Anything that lowers the amount of maintenance or failure rate on a car is good in my book!

RE: Mmm
By MrBlastman on 12/1/2009 1:41:33 PM , Rating: 2
Well, coming from Audi they have a LOT to improve on as far as reliability is concerned. They are rediculously over-engineered and a beast to try and work on.

RE: Mmm
By B166ER on 12/1/2009 2:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to be the Grammar Nazi, well, yes, I actually do like having a title, but why has 'ridiculously' become so damn hard to spell? And remember, a good friend is one who'll tell you you have a booger hanging out of your nose. You're welcome.

RE: Mmm
By MrBlastman on 12/1/2009 2:52:45 PM , Rating: 4
Good catch. Thank you for pointing that out. :)

Now, may I borrow your sleeve for a moment? I have a booger hanging out of my nose and I need to wipe it off. :P

RE: Mmm
By borowki2 on 12/1/2009 7:20:34 PM , Rating: 5
I hate to be a Semantic Nazi, but spelling isn't a part of grammar. It's a part of orthography.

RE: Mmm
By Parhel on 12/1/2009 2:56:55 PM , Rating: 3
I think Audi has been improving their reliability, but as you say, they have a ways to go. If they want to sell any A8's, they need to win the hearts and minds of their target market. I live near Chicago, and while every day I see a BMW 7-series, I've never actually seen an A8. I've seen one R8, and I see A6's from time to time, but never an A8. Someone dropping $80K, or even $50K, on a car clearly expects that car to be a status symbol, and an Audi just doesn't project the same image as a BMW. I've noticed that Audi's tend to have a terrible resale value, and I wonder if that isn't part of the problem. If the unwashed masses (like me for example) can afford a used A6, I would imagine that the average image-conscious $80K car buyer wouldn't want to be seen in one.

RE: Mmm
By Chaser on 12/1/2009 3:49:33 PM , Rating: 3
I suggest you take a closer look at Audi's differences compared to BMW. For just about every BMW model Audi makes a competitor. For example the A6 is a midsized 4 door comparable to the 5 series.

If you compare the pricing between each similar class model you'll find for the most part Audis run higher in price. Why? Because Audi's interior materials and workmanship tend to be much higher quality than BMW. Some people have the misperception that Audi's are the cheaper Euro import car. Maybe similar to Volvo. This is not true. Audi has a legacy reputation of having superior and significantly pricier interiors than other European competitors.

RE: Mmm
By Souka on 12/1/2009 5:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
Heh... my office's small parking lot has two Audi's I've noticed... the S8 and R8... the R8's driver leaves the key in the iginition and doors unlocked.

Audi folk are wierd...

RE: Mmm
By randy915 on 12/1/2009 8:49:48 PM , Rating: 3
Where do you workkkkkkk?????

RE: Mmm
By Samus on 12/2/2009 4:30:32 AM , Rating: 2
I also see a lot of Audi's (admittedly mostly A4 Quattro's) involved in accidents, often stupid ones where they slammed into a wall on an on/offramp or rear-ended somebody with impact speed being around 20mph.

To me, this indicates drivers who are overconfident in their vehicles.

Too bad people don't learn to drive in a Mustang on a snowy day. If you can control that, you can drive just about anything :)

RE: Mmm
By Ytsejamer1 on 12/2/2009 9:17:12 AM , Rating: 2
agreed... that interior looks pretty sweet. The mechanics at the repair shop will be loving it. I personally won't touch Audi again as my experience with an A4 Quatro was terrible. It was in the shop once a month for one problem or another...and old problems that just couldn't be fixed the first or second time.

I'm sure there are Audi people who swear by them, but not for me.

RE: Mmm
By Spuke on 12/1/2009 11:03:01 PM , Rating: 2
Not a fan of the A8's. Rather have a slightly used Quattroporte. The new A8 does look nice though.

Cruise Control in traffic?
By Spivonious on 12/1/2009 1:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
How exactly is that supposed to be helpful?

RE: Cruise Control in traffic?
By Kurz on 12/1/2009 1:19:54 PM , Rating: 3
? Lets say you are cruising along on the highway at 80MPH.
As you get closer to the city the traffic increases and you have to slow down. The car does this Automatically.

Lets say you have a car in front of you going 55mph and you coming up to him at the higher speed. The car matches the speed of the person in front of you.

Yea... I think this tech will just make bad drivers even worse.

RE: Cruise Control in traffic?
By Spivonious on 12/1/2009 2:46:32 PM , Rating: 2
Geez, I hope they pass a law against this.

"Officer, I didn't rear-end the guy, my auto cruise control failed."

RE: Cruise Control in traffic?
By PorreKaj on 12/1/2009 2:52:51 PM , Rating: 4
I agree, i germany you see alot of "audi-trains"

3 or more audi's driving in a row, with cruise control set to follow the car infront. i've such a train with 4 vehicles going 110mph. and because of the speed of computing, the cars can drive closer than normal drivers.

By ksfa10 on 12/1/2009 3:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
I thought the S8 was the big dog in the Audi line.

RE: S8
By Spuke on 12/1/2009 11:01:40 PM , Rating: 2
I thought the S8 was the big dog in the Audi line.
It is.

By Hieyeck on 12/1/2009 1:16:54 PM , Rating: 2
Audio uses full LED headlights on the A8

Sound sensitive headlights? Now I can troll highways with seizure inducing music!

On topic, that is a sweet ride. Definitely added to my list of luxury do-wants.

Luxury item
By haukionkannel on 12/1/2009 1:18:22 PM , Rating: 2
Audi is a luxury car brand from VW-consern. Nice cars with a lot of unrost parts in the chassis.
Let's see when we will see those led lights in normal cars, when bio-status is so important to car makers allso.
But as you said. A really nice lookin car!

By PorreKaj on 12/3/2009 2:21:31 AM , Rating: 1
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Bad, Just friggin badasss
By B166ER on 12/1/09, Rating: -1
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