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Audi A8 4.0 TFSI LWB (2014) CAR

By Ben Pulman

First Drives

17 2014 11:00

Changes as of the mid-life nip ‘n’ tuck include: all now meeting EU6 emission standards, each boasting more but less CO2 and improved fuel a 10-litre bigger boot; oh-so-subtle re-sculpting of the bonnet, single-frame grille and bumpers; different LED tail lights and fancy new headlights.

Ooh, the Audi A8 has some new lights…

we understand your skepticism, but the Matrix LED headlights are darn The headlights on the A8 are already 100% but the Matrix system has 25 LEDs (in groups of five) in each to make up the high-beam function. And trick is to stay on all the time ever blinding other users or pedestrians.

A camera mounted at the top of the windscreen in the mirror can detect oncoming up to around 800m away, or for those you’re following (as lights aren’t as bright as And then the individual LED clusters dim or off – so other drivers aren’t – but the rest of the LEDs remain on, you still get the increased visibility

Complicated to explain, but simple to the benefits once you’ve it. So you can follow the car in front with high beams on, and while vehicle won’t be illuminated by more than your headlights, the verges and oncoming will be fully lit. And if a comes the other way, the appropriate LEDs dim or turn off so the driver sees no more your regular headlights.

We spent a week trying to the system, but it was never caught and we were never flashed by an driver either.

The system also detect pedestrians 80m and the LEDs will pulse in direction to help highlight the hazard. Don’t worry, the won’t be doing this every town centre at – the camera also detects and together with the GPS, off the high-beam headlights in urban

The fancy lighting tech is on the S8, hybrid and Sport Executive so the only downside is they’re a extra on other A8s.

about larking about in the with some pricey what about the rest of the experience?

Our test car was powered by the same 4.0-litre V8 that’s in everything the S6. S7 and S8. to the RS6 and RS7. and even the Bentley GT V8. So it won’t be the chauffeurs’ choice it comes to fuel consumption or costs, but with an ignition of compression engine beneath the the refinement is so much better.

3.0 and 4.2 TDI motors are good, but for whisper-quiet in a limo, neither can beat petrol engine. Especially now got active engine mounts to vibrations, and Audi’s Active Cancellation technology that ‘antiphase noise’ through the to combat the sounds of a 2.0-litre when the cylinder deactivation kicks in.

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Twin turbos there’s 443lb ft from all the way through to 5000rpm, Quattro drive helps it to scamper to in 4.6 seconds, and you’ll never think you need the S8’s 36bhp and 84lb ft as you sweep along on a big wave of refined

You can dial the A8 between Efficiency, Auto, Dynamic and Individual but Comfort strikes the best The four-wheel drive gubbins any weights saving afforded by the chassis, and despite high levels, strong traction, and the to hustle along at great when you wish, the A8’s better when driven rather than abruptly.

It quite have the verve or of the lighter Jaguar.

What’s the of the facelifted A8 like?

An extremely space in which to pass the Step inside a BMW 7-series and it be a 5-series, the latest S-class is a tad too and while the Jaguar XJ looks its infotainment system is actually a mess.

The A8 strikes a good balance – the count is not so minimalist (like the A3) it’ll have its wealthy owners shouting for their to figure out how to change the radio but despite a plethora of dials and nor does it confuse and confound. Few are shared with lesser so it does feel genuinely but it could also do with a few features to help justify its price tag.

Ours was a long-wheelbase A8, which adds an 130mm between the wheels for That means plenty of to stretch out, but the ride is a tad too and can’t deliver the ultimate that an S-class can.


Minor changes Audi’s revised A8 still the same slight failings as namely that it’s as dynamic as some rivals, nor as as others, but that doesn’t it still being a very limo.

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