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Audi reveals new long wheelbase A8 sedan

Audi reveals new long wheelbase A8 sedan image

Text: / Photos: Audi Press | posted August 10, 2010 16:39

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Audi has recently released the long wheelbase version of their flagship A8. The long-wheelbase A8 L sets standards for luxury, dynamics and efficiency. It will debut in fall 2010 with five engines, including the powerful twelve-cylinder with 500 horsepower.

The new Audi A8 L impresses with the true presence of a large, luxury sedan. Length and wheelbase have both been stretched by 13 centimeters versus the standard version; the A8 L measures 5.27 meters. All of this added length is to the benefit of the rear seat passengers.

Audi offers two power-adjustable and heated individual seats as an option for the rear, which can be paired with the optional continuous, elegantly-styled center console with large storage compartments. The individual seats can also be equipped with optional ventilation and massage functions, and features such as a folding table and a cool box make the passengers' stay even more enjoyable. The top version is the relaxation seat with power footrest. It comes complete with every available luxury option, including a rear seat entertainment system.

Audi also offers a number of attractive multimedia modules, including a high-end sound system from Bang & Olufsen and advanced online services. The Audi A8 L is the first automobile in the world to be available with an integrated WLAN hotspot. A UMTS module provides the connection to the Internet.

The interior of the A8 L features new, light lines with a craftsman's level of fit and finish and with extraordinary attention to the smallest of details. The comfort on board is first class - from the ambient lighting to the four-zone automatic climate control system.

The Audi flagship combines a new level of technical intelligence with intuitively simple operation. Its multimedia interface (MMI) includes a pioneering innovation: In conjunction with the optional MMI navigation plus navigation system, it has a touchpad. The MMI enables the driver to control many functions intuitively. The navigation destination, for example, can be entered by tracing the letters on the pad with a finger.

MMI navigation plus is tightly integrated with the assistance and safety systems in the new Audi A8 L. It reads the road ahead and provides the data to the control units for the automatic transmission, the headlights and the advanced adaptive cruise control with stop & go function.

With their increased intelligence, these systems can recognize complex scenarios and predictively support the driver. The new Audi pre-sense safety system can reduce the severity of accidents and their consequences in many cases. The night vision assistant with its highlighting of detected pedestrians and the speed limit display enhance the driver's safety and convenience.