Audi A8 could get posher and longer to rival Maybach – AutoExpress

Audi is thinking about widening the range of its A8 flagship, in response to Mercedes-Benz’s expansion of the S-Class brand to contain long-wheelbase and two-door coupe versions.

The A8 is currently readily available in simply 2 guises – conventional and long-wheelbase. Yet among its main rivals, the S-Class, is readily available in these 2 set-ups and likewise a pair of also much longer models, the Maybach and Pullman. Mercedes has actually likewise renamed the old CL-Class the S-Class Coupe, and lately started selling a convertible version of that model as well, taking the complete S-Class family to 6 vehicles.

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Speaking at the launch of Audi’s SQ7, the company’s brand-new technical boss Dr Stefan Knirsch confessed that further, much longer A8 derivatives are under discussion. “We are believing concerning it,” he said. “The triumph of the extra-long version of the S-Class has actually got us wondering concerning whether there might be a firm case for that in the future.”

Audi unveiled a six-door long-wheelbase A8 limousine earlier this year, Yet the business insisted that the car was a one-off creation after a personal customer request.
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Knirsch likewise confirmed that the next generation of A8 will certainly be fitted along with the standardised SAE Degree 3 of automation, where the driver can easily eliminate their wrists from the wheel for much longer periods of time and at better speeds compared to at present. “We are functioning when it come to the brand-new A8 to introduce this brand-new Degree of piloted systems,” he said. Degree 3 automation monitors its environments Yet still calls for the driver to be prepared to intervene. 

Currently, United Nations Regulation 79 restricts auto automatic steering functions to speeds of up to 10km/h – Yet this block is expected to be gotten rid of later this year. “We’re confident it won’t be a problem by the moment the A8 goes when it come to sale,” said Knirsch. 

Audi’s tech chief was a lot more guarded when it come to the potential for an more potent version of the Q7 carrying the RS badge. “We are just launching the SQ7 now and obviously we chance it will certainly be a excellent success,” he said, “Yet I don’t understand if it would certainly make sense to have actually an RS version of this car.”

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