The Germans are at it again with the superior design and the exceptional technology they include in their cars. The 2017 Audi A8 makes a strong case for contender for one of the best of sedans out on the road.
The sleek lines that make up the body are only superseded by the futuristic technological hub that is the interior; fully decked out with touchscreens and spacious leather seats. Taken as a whole, the product the folks at Audi came out with is an excellent car.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes this beautifully crafted machine so drool-worthy.
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The Interior of the 2017 Audi A8
Popping the door open to access the interior is an experience in and of itself. Once the door is open, the car raises itself via its air suspension, bringing the floor up. This makes entry easier whilst adding that exclusive luxury touch to it. Once you are inside, the car lowers itself again, as if crouching and getting ready to sprint forward.
There is probably little in the world of luxury superlatives that can adequately describe the interior of the A8. The dash is one of the most eye-catching pieces of the whole setup. It spans the entire width of this sedan, adorned with two large touchscreens. These fuse neatly to form the central hub, with everything appearing as one single part.
The chrome inserts on the four-ring adorned steering wheel add a touch of class to the driver’s area. Through the wheel’s spokes you can see the Audi Virtual Cockpit display which provides highly responsive touch.
The seats are covered in premium leather and can be adjusted and set up to 22 positions for personal comfort. While relaxing in these seats, you can listen to some music from the Bose speakers or the high end offered Bang and Olufsen sound system comprising 19 speakers.
2017 Audi A8 Exterior
The shell of the A8 does not subscribe to the notion of being flashy. It oozes its class in a much muted but still visible way. The luxury sedan stretches back in flat planes, with a few lines – mainly aerodynamic – pleasantly distorting this exterior styling.
Despite all this, the front of the 2017 Audi A8 luxury sedan still screams of a mean aesthetic. This is embodied by the slightly rounded nose that is set off by the sharper front headlights. The familiar hexagonal front grille has been made a little wider, covering up more of the front side.
On either side of it, the fog lights show up between a couple of lines which add that sporty quality to the sedan.
At the back of this car, the rear lights catch the eye. The red lights move across the lip of the trunk door, wrapping around the sides of the car. The exhaust pipes are also presented in an elegant way, barely peeking out from underneath the car with chrome wrapped around their edges.
To move this luxurious behemoth, the team at Audi installed a 3.0 liter TSFI petrol V6 engine capable of producing 282 braking horsepower. For the diesel lovers, Audi has provided the option of 3.0 liter turbo TDI that churns out a hefty 334 bhp of horsepower.
These, however, are for the baser models. If one prefers the sporty side of things, the German car maker provides a 4.0 liter V8 petrol monster as well as a W12 that ought to blow the track away.
Through the different driving modes, the engines are responsive and provide an incredible driving experience that is rightly becoming of a luxury sedan in the position that Audi envisions itself in. The petrol engine in particular does a good job when the driving mode is Dynamic or Sport. It feels underused when the car is in Efficiency mode.
There also plans a 2017 Audi A8 self driving mode to be released once legislation permits. At the moment, however, there is limited use of this driving control by the car. It can navigate its way in traffic jam as well as parking.
- Length: 5172 mm
- Width: 1945 mm
- Max Speed: 1473 mm
- 0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds
- Passenger volume: 4 passengers
- Storage volume: 13.2 cubic feet
- Curb weight: not known
- MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: 19 miles per gallon in the city, 22mpg highway
- Available exterior colors: n/a
- Towing capacity: n/a
Audi A8 2017 Release Date and Pricing
Audi has slated the release of this luxury sedan starting in January 2018. Depending on the additional features you would love featured in your car, the price can be quite steep given that it starts at $83,450.
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