Audi A8 L for India launched in presence of Nicolas Cage
2014 Audi A8 L in a lightweight construction is unrestrained where power is concerned and unparalleled in refinement. To be offered in as many as 111 exterior colors, 23 interior shades , 27 customized parts and 12 wood insert options each A8 L buyer will be able to personalize the car as per their own preferences, with even their names and personalized logos embossed on the seats door sill trims and folding tables.
Engine on board the new 2014 Audi A8 L has also been tweaked for added power and efficiency with three engine options in the form of a 3.0 TDI diesel, 4.2 liter TDI diesel and 4.0 TFSI petrol engine, churning out 247 bhp, 380 bhp and 429 bhp, respectively. Audi A8 L with 4.2 liter TDI diesel engine will be the most powerful diesel car in the country.
Pricing of A8 L will start from INR 11,295,000 ex showroom Delhi and INR 11,143,000 ex showroom Maharashtra. It will be brought in as a completely built unit. One of the major highlights of the new Audi A8 L is Matrix Headlamps which is the first being offered by any auto manufacturer. This high beam consists of 25 small light emitting diodes per unit that can be switched on, off or dimmed to deliver 966,105,422 different illumination configurations. This system allows the headlights to continuously stay on high beam, without blacking out drivers of oncoming vehicles.
Infotainment and safety features on board the new A8 L include Rear Seat executive package, Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System, Park Assist, Surround View Camera, Panoramic sunroof, air ioniser and headup display. The A8 L measures 5.14 meters in length and 1.95 meters in width while standing 1.346 meters in height. For more information, scroll through the press release below.
Audi introduces its flagship model, the new Audi A8L – in a league of its own
Handcrafted excellence, exclusive interiors, lightweight construction and a broad portfolio of high-end technologies in the exhaustively updated flagship model
• Close to ‘Infinite’ Customization Options- more than 100 exterior colors, 23 interior leather colors and 12 wooden inlays
• First and only car in its segment with innovative Matrix LED headlights delivering close to 1.0 billion illumination configurations
• Engine lineup includes one TFSI and two TDI units
• The AudiA8 4.2 TDIq, with the power of 385 hp is ‘the Most Powerful Diesel Car in India’
• Available in India with prices starting at INR 11,295,000 for ex-showroom Delhi and INR 11,143,000 for ex-showroom Maharashtra
Mumbai/ Dubai, May 4th, 2014: Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the launch of its successful flagship – the new Audi A8L which has been exhaustively updated. Offering superior design, hand-built quality, lightweight construction and an abundance of high-end technologies, the new Audi A8L is priced at INR 11,295,000 for ex-showroom Delhi and INR 11,143,000 for ex-showroom Maharashtra, and is available at all Audi dealerships across India.
“Audi India was the first luxury car manufacturer in India to cross the 10,000 sales mark in not just the calendar year but also in the financial year. This double achievement of selling more than 10000 units in a single financial year and in a calendar year validates the strength and stature that the brand has achieved in India. 2014 shall continue to be landmark year for Audi in India in terms of initiatives on the product and network front. With the launch of the new Audi A8L, I am confident that we will further consolidate our leadership position in the market. The new Audi A8L offers luxury connoisseurs in India excellent comfort, superb craftsmanship, strict lightweight construction and a broad portfolio of high-end technologies which truly reflect brand’s philosophy of Vorsprung durch Technik,” said Mr. Joe King, Head, Audi India.
An important USP of the new Audi A8L is the ‘Audi Exclusive’ which offers customers countless combinations – close to ‘infinite’ customization options, to customize and personalize the new Audi A8L as per their choice. In addition to 111 exterior colors, 23 leather colors, 27 customizable parts and 12 wooden inlays, customers can also opt for personalized headrest logo, door sill trims and exclusive folding tables.
Innovative Matrix Headlamps:
The most important highlight of the new Audi A8L is the Matrix Headlamps, first by any luxury car manufacturer. A direct evolution of Audi’s signature LED headlights, the high-beam comprises of 25 small, individual light-emitting diodes per unit that can be switched on and off or dimmed individually as needed – delivering a phenomenal 966,105,422 different illumination configurations. This enables the headlight system to react to oncoming or preceding vehicles and blank out light with great precision while continuing to fully illuminate the rest of the road.
The new Audi A8L has undergone the largest update in its history. The engine hood, the single-frame grille and the front bumper are even more sculptured, while the straight lower edges on the headlights give its face a more eye-catching look. The rear of the new Audi A8L has been completely redesigned and is now more homogeneous than ever before. A chrome brace has been integrated to the rear lights. Although the size of the tail end has not actually changed, its new design renders it much flatter and thus broader.
The engine lineup has become more powerful and efficient to offer better performance and optimum efficiency. The new Audi A8L has one TFSI gasoline engine and two TDI units. These are the V8 biturbo 4.0 TFSI with 320 kW (435 hp), the highly efficient 3.0 TDI with 180 kW (250 hp) and the 4.2 TDI with 283 kW (385 hp). Output of the 4.2 TDIq engine has been increased by 35 hp and of the 4.0 TFSIq by 15 hp. In the 3.0 TDIq, the torque is increased by 30 Nm while the fuel efficiency is increased by 20%. The 4.0 TFSI accelerates the new Audi A8L from 0 to 100 km/hr in 4.6 seconds. Equipped with a fast and smooth-shifting, eight-speed tiptronic, the Audi A8L owes its sporty character in large part to the sophisticated chassis. The quattro and Audi drive select system is standard.
In the interior of the Audi flagship, the elegant lines and generous spaciousness stand out. Every detail demonstrates the hand-built character of the new Audi A8L. Audi offers a wide range of options, for the front seats, including ventilation and massage functions in five programs. Adaptive air suspension with Audi drive select is standard. There are many additional luxury features from which to choose- from the Rear Seat Executive package and Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System to Park Assist, Surround View Camera, panoramic-sunroof, air ioniser, head-up display, Audi Wireless Internet Access, among others.
The new Audi A8L is 5.14 meters long, has a wheelbase of 3.12 meters, is 1.95 meters wide, and 1.46 meters tall. An outstanding strength of the sedan is its lightweight construction. The Audi A8L 3.0 TDI quattro has a curb weight of just 1,935 kilograms – the lowest among the competitors with all-wheel drive. An Audi Space Frame (ASF) made almost entirely of aluminium, it weighs just 231 kgs.
“The Audi A8L makes Audi one of the prominent innovation leaders in the worldwide luxury car segment. The car exemplifies true luxury driving experience with its opulence and sophistication quotient,” added Mr. King.
Audi began the year with the introduction of the most powerful Audi model from its product range – Audi RS 7 Sportback. The company also opened new showrooms in Udaipur, Visakhapatnam and Nashik. Audi also recently inaugurated the country’s largest pre-owned luxury car showroom, ‘Audi Approved: plus’ in Gurgaon. Audi India plans to expand its network to 40 dealerships by the end of 2014.
The Audi model range in India includes the Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A7 Sportback, new Audi A8L, Audi Q3 S, Audi Q3, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi S4, Audi S6, Audi RS 5 Coupé, Audi RS 7 Sportback, Audi TT Coupé, the super sports car Audi R8, Audi R8 Spyder and the Audi R8 V10 plus available across the country:in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi Central, Delhi South, Delhi West, Goa, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Karnal, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Mumbai South, Mumbai West, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Surat, Udaipur, Vadodaraand Visakhapatnam.
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The Audi Group delivered approximately 1,575,500 cars of the Audi brand to customers in 2013. In 2013 the company reported revenue of €49.9 billion and an operating profit of €5.03 billion. The company is globally operating in more than 100 markets with production facilities in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Gy?r (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Bratislava (Slovakia), Martorell (Spain), Kaluga (Russia), Aurangabad (India), Changchun (China) and Jakarta (Indonesia). Since December 2013, the brand with the Four Rings has been producing cars also in Foshan (China). In 2015, Audi will start production in São José dos Pinhais (Brazil), followed by San José Chiapa (Mexico) in 2016. Wholly owned subsidiaries of AUDI AG include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy), the sports motorcycle manufacturer. The company currently employs more than 73,500 people worldwide, thereof more than 52,500 in Germany. Total investment of around €22 billion is planned from 2014 to 2018 – primarily in new products and sustainable technologies. Audi is committed to its corporate responsibility and has anchored the principle of sustainability for its products and processes in its strategy. The long-term goal is CO2-neutral mobility.