Audi has announced the flagship Audi A8 Facelift will be launched internationally by the end of 2013. Audi has also highlighted the fact that the A8 will debut the company’s proprietary Matrix LED headlights.
The matrix LED headlights consist of 25 high-beam LEDs grouped together in five parts with reflectors. The new lighting system, Audi says, is more precise, safer and efficient than other lighting systems available in cars today.
Updated on 14th November 2013
A un-camouflaged 2014 Audi A8 has been spotted in Mumbai, the photos were first uploaded at ZigWheels.com. The updated car will be unveiled in India during the 2014 Indian Auto Expo and might be launched the same time or within some months after the unveiling.
When launched, the Audi A8 will face tough competition from the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class which received a overhaul earlier in 2013. Audi hopes to keep the S-Class at bay till it prepares the next generation A8, which should be launched in another year or two.
Changes to the car are limited to the design inside-out, new features including Audi’s new matrix LED headlamps and slightly more powerful engines. Read the previous update for details. There is also a chance that Audi might introduce the S8, the performance version of the A8 in India.
In Photos : 2014 Audi A8 Facelift
Updated on 22nd August 2013
Audi has unveiled their flagship car, the Audi A8 facelift. The 2014 Audi A8, of which a long-wheelbase version has also been unveiled, gets a host of new features and small design updates inside out. Check out the photos of the car below:
Design wise, the basic car silhouette has not changed. The changes are in the details, the most obvious change up front is are the matrix LED headlamps, other changes include the subtle changes made to the grille, bumper and the hood. Move to the side and you will realise that the designers at Audi have not touched these panels one bit. At the rear you get different looking tail-lamps which are disected by a chrome strip and slightly redesigned bumper. There are five new paint options on offer, in total there are 12 options. No changes, design-wise, have made to the interiors of the car. There are new choices of materials for the seats and trim options.
Some new features debut in the 2014 Audi A8, these include:
- Active lane assist (which may or may not be offered in India)
- Park assist system with 360-degree camera display
- Heads-up display
- Night vision assist
Engine options remain the same, you get two petrol motors and two diesel motors, but power and torque has been bumped up while improving the fuel-efficiency. The engines include:
- 4.2-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol producing 435 BHP (an increase of 15 BHP)
- 3.0-litre, supercharged, V6 petrol producing 310 BHP (an increase of 20 BHP)
- 4.2-litre, turbocharged V8 diesel producing 385 BHP (an increase of 34 BHP)
- 3.0-litre, turbocharged V6 diesel producing 258 BHP (an increase of 8 BHP)
All the engines will be mated to an eight-speed transmission as was the case with the earlier model.
Updated on 5th August 2013
The the upcoming Audi A8 facelift equipped with Audi’s revolutionary Matrix headlamp technology has been spotted in India. Check out the slideshow below.
Updated on 2nd July 2013
When the light switch is set to automatic and the high-beam headlights are on, the system is activated from 30 km/h on highways and from 60 km/h on city streets. Managed by a responsive control unit, the LEDs are activated and deactivated or dimmed individually according to different situations.
As soon the camera in the A8 detects oncoming vehicles, the system dips the relevant sections of the high-beam headlights. The system blanks out light that would have otherwise blinded the oncoming driver, but continues to light the rest of the areas with high beams. The closer the oncoming vehicle gets, the more LEDs are deactivated or dimmed, and the same LEDs get switched on again when the system sense that there is no more oncoming traffic. This means they always supply high-precision illumination which makes driving in low light conditions safer, for both the driver of the car and the driver of an oncoming car.
The Matrix LED lights will also work along with Audi’s night vision assistant to alert the driver of pedestrians on the road. When the system detects people on the road, it will make selective LEDs to flash at them rapidly which will highlight them from the surrounding.