Audi has launched the next generation A8, a sedan that sets new standards in the luxury class. The 2011 Audi A8 combines prestige, intelligence, dynamics, comfort, and efficiency. It features an elegant Audi Space Frame (ASF) body that is made of lightweight aluminum. The engine is both powerful and highly efficient, with the power transmission and running gear offering excellent driving dynamics and comfort. The flagship’s interior has luxurious appointments, a newly developed MMI operating system, and handcrafted details. Innovative driver assistance and safety systems improve the entire driving experience. The new A8 will initially be offered with a 4.2L V8 FSI engine rated at 372 hp (273 kW). Fuel economy has improved by as much as 22% due to intelligent technologies such as new energy recuperation and thermal management systems. A next generation 8-speed Tiptronic transmission, combined with quattro permanent all-wheel drive, both standard in the 2011 Audi A8, unleash the sport characteristics of the vehicle.
New to the flagship is Audi’s modular longitudinal platform design, which features redesigned kinematics and elasto-kinematics, a set-forward front axle, reconfigured front axle components, a new steering position under the center of the front wheel, and upper control arm mounting integrated into the body.The 2011 Audi A8 offers an updated Multi Media Interface (MMI) that features a touch pad, MMI touch. No buttons, no joysticks. Drivers can enter navigation destinations and telephone numbers by simply using their fingertips to write letters and numbers on the pad.