The flagship sedan of the German carmaker, the new-generation A8 has been completely re-engineered.
The new A8 will instantly stand out from its predecessor thanks to its massive Singleframe grille, which now occupies most of the front fascia.
With such increased space, the dashboard is quite spacious now and features a large 10.1-inch screen which is paired up with an equally large 8.6-inch secondary display to do a variety of tasks.
Step inside and you're greeted by a spacious lounge.
The new A8 also ushers in an innovative touchscreen operating concept and a glut of new cabin gizmos.
The new-gen Audi A8 is continuously connected to the internet. The new system can double the range of high beams at speeds above 43 miles per hour, which is the point of activation.
The new Audi A8 and A8 L will be appear in the United Kingdom later this year, with orders opening in September.
The new A8 will be the first Audi to feature level 3 autonomous technology, meaning the vehicle has the ability to self-control all critical safety functions. The 2018 A8 comes with Level 3 self-driving functions.
The Traffic Jam Pilot will only be allowed on highways where oncoming traffic is separated. Audi has also become the first auto maker to employ laser sensors.
The A8, which goes on sale in Europe before year-end, also is the first auto equipped with a laser scanner (lidar) to help feed information on surroundings to a central driving assistance controller, called zFAS. As a result, the company will be adopting a step-by-step approach of introducing such features in the production models. The Level 3 of Autonomy that this auto bolsters requires the driver to be ready to assume the control when required which means that driver can't sleep while onboard. The auto would be able to park itself automatically, without any need of driver.
Other autonomous features of the new A8 include the ability for the auto to park itself into a parking spot on the street or a garage, without the need for the driver to actually sit in the vehicle - just tap a button on your smartphone and you're good to go.
The A8 will initially have a pair of 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options. Two 4.0-litre V8 engines too make their presence felt with 435PS and 460PS respectively for the petrol and diesel engines.
The new standard-fit 48V electrical system offers a range of mild hybrid functions, including engine-off coasting, extended start/stop operation and kinetic energy recuperation under braking, via a belt-driven alternator. Audi adds there are 41 different driver assistance systems, and the MMI can be set up for six different user profiles with up to 400 different functions. The belt-driven alternator-starter motor helps reduce fuel consumption by delivering enough energy to power the auto briefly from rest before the combustion engine takes over.
According to Lichte, the Audi A8 will feature a future design language.
All A8s will only be offered with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with quattro four-wheel drive also available across the majority of trim levels. Furthermore, another petrol and a petrol-hybrid will soon join the bandwagon with the yet to be released S8 and e-Tron versions.
The 2018 Audi A8 and A8 L models will go on sale in Europe this fall with pricing starting at 90,600 euros for the A8, while the A8 L will start at 94,100 euros.