Audi gave the public a sneak peek of its next-generation A8 luxury sedan at the world premiere of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in Hollywood, California on Wednesday.
Audi has been pretty tight-lipped about its all-new flagship sedan that will make its world debut at the Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain on July 11.
Although pictures of heavily camouflaged prototypes have been floating around the internet for some time, very little is available in the way of concrete technical information.
What we do know about the fourth generation A8 centres around its active suspension and mild hybrid drivetrain.
The new A8 will be one of the first vehicles in Audi’s lineup to be equipped with a fully active, electro-mechanical suspension powered by a 48-volt electrical system. Using the car’s front-mounted camera, the system can acquire new information on road conditions up to 18 times per second. With that information, the system is able to manipulate each corner of the car individually using a series wheel-mounted electric motors. The A8 will also be equipped with rear-wheel steering that increases high-speed stability while improving low-speed manoeuvrability.
In addition, all A8 models will feature mild-hybrid technology that allows the sedan’s expected six, eight or 12 cylinder internal combustion engines to shut off while cruising on the highway or when accelerating from a standstill. The system is designed to deliver incremental improvement in efficiency and won’t be as intrusive as traditional parallel hybrid technology.
Finally, a source at Audi told Business Insider that the A8 will help launch the company’s new infotainment system. The new infotainment technology is expected to be a step beyond even Audi’s own ground-breaking virtual cockpit interface.
The all-new Audi A8 is expected to hit showrooms next year as a 2019 model.