Audi has been teasing the latest A8 flagship sedan for months now – in one publicity stunt, Audi called in automotive journalists, blindfolded them and helped them navigate around a finished A8, so they could touch and feel the surfaces, materials and gauge the comfort of the luxo-barge without actually being able to see it. It's officially out now, and it's quite the looker.
It's lower and sleeker despite the largest front grille ever fitted to any Audi. The profile is unmistakably Audi, and provides a visual link to the outgoing model. The rear has a continuous running LED strip, with a sloped boot design that makes the car look like it's moving even when stationary.
It's a flagship Audi, so it's obviously filled to the brim with tech and has one of the best car interiors on the planet. There's laser headlights, active noise cancellation of the engine, wireless charging on the A8L e-tron, active suspension, dynamic all wheel steering, as well as an Audi AI system that helps users navigate in traffic and park. That last feature means the new A8 will literally drive around a parking lot by itself – find an empty space, park, and shut down. Stuff of nightmares in Dhaka then, since the A8 might have to drive all the way to Mirpur since it can't find parking space in Dhanmondi.
Engine sizes and configurations are aplenty. There's a 3.0 turbo V6 in petrol or diesel form, a 4.0 turbo V8 in petrol or diesel form, and the range topping W12. The outputs are quite impressive, with the basic entry level V6 petrol motor putting out 286 HP and an astonishing 443 lb-ft torque.
Will we get the Audi A8 in Dhaka? Progress Motors Imports Limited is set to launch as the first official Audi dealership in Bangladesh soon, and we hope to see the A8 on the roster. The local luxury car market has only seen BMW and Mercedes Benz at loggerheads, and with Audi set to make an official appearance in the ring, those who appreciate German craftsmanship are surely in for a treat.