The Mercedes S-Class and BMW & Series had better brace themselves for what is yet to come. The Audi A8 will make a hit on them when it is revealed in the summer. Although the A8 is known to be light, engineers are saying there might be a slight weight gain in the new version due to client demands. A full-length panoramic sunroof, the autonomous technology and the alternative powertrains are the aspects that contribute to the slight increase in kerbweight.
The cars’ engineers will use up to 58% of aluminum and a few components made from magnesium and carbonfibre in construction to help minimize the weight gain. Not only will it be among the most high-tech cars to be put on the road, it will be the first production car with full Level 3 autonomous driving technology, meaning the car is able to take full control and allow the driver some time off.
Long-range radar sensors, ultrasonic sensors, laser scanners and video cameras are to be used to watch the surroundings of the car. The system will be able to maneuver through traffic up to a speed of 37mph.
Audi is also working on the integration of organic LEDs that will avail new forms of expression and differentiation, especially in car displays, which will be gesture controlled to allow a smooth transition of operations like answering calls, switching between radio stations and temperature adjustment from button operation to the gesture control says Hudi, the head of electronics.
Although the A8 test mule looks like the current A6, it will introduce a new language design for the Audi with specific identity for every line of cars. For both hybrid and non-hybrid models, the car will have a 48vaultage electrical system and a compressor system that is powered electrically to boost low down response. The compressor system will be used to improve performance in choosing more gear ratios and this application could be used by the entire Audi range.
A cheaper non-plug-in and mild hybrid tech will be used for a lower point of entry for the car, although there will be a plug-in version. A full electric one will be set aside for the Tesla.
With such a wide array of engines and chassis setups to choose from, Audi's CEO, Rupert Stadler, promises a solution to make choosing a model easier.