The first public reveal of the all-new Audi A8 was an extravaganza, showing the world’s media in Barcelona not only the company’s new flagship but also the future of driving. Its restyled one-piece grille and front bumper carries the new look first seen on the A5 and it now features wider haunches over the guards along with fatter curves that are designed to emphasise its all-wheel drive platform.
But, overall, the A8 hasn’t taken any bold leaps in terms of styling. The rear is a little more adventurous, incorporating a new tail with wrap around lights and a flashy, full-width red LED display across the boot, but other than that, it’s solid Audi design DNA throughout. Look past the face paint however and underneath it’s a technological tour de force that promises a magic carpet ride for rear seat passengers who will be its primary audience.
Thanks to the use of electrically-operated actuators in the suspension that are powered off a 48-volt system, they operate each wheel to keep the ride silky smooth over pot holes and rough surfaces. Using front-mounted cameras, they literally read the road ahead 18 times a second and make the appropriate adjustments before the wheel reaches that part of the road.