Audi Unveils New UK-Bound A8 Range Flagship | Part Two

The 12-Cylinder Audi A8 L 6.0 quattro

Control over the formidable performance is further reinforced by the aluminium chassis with adaptive air suspension. Featuring continuously variable damping, the system minimises body movement at all times and delivers exactly the right ride and handling characteristic for every situation. The driver can choose between four predefined suspension settings via the Multi Media Interface (MMI).

Long wheelbase luxury

To create the ultimate luxury Audi, the W12 engine has been installed in the long wheelbase version of the A8, which is 130mm longer than the standard car and so provides rear seat passengers with outstanding comfort and space. Incredibly, the extension adds just 8kg to the overall weight of the bodyshell.

World first lighting technology

The 12-cylinder A8 is also the first car in the world to benefit from adaptive light technology with LED daytime driving lights, whose distinctive 5-star lighting elements also have a dual function as new design features for the vehicle's front end.

The new daytime driving lights have virtually no effect on fuel consumption, and bring great advantages in terms of safety as the car is more easily spotted whatever the light conditions. This advance has been made possible by the use of LED units, the energy consumption of which is only a fraction of that of conventional bulbs.

Published : 27/11/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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