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Audi PHL launches long-wheelbase A8 L flagship

AUDI PHILIPPINES has announced the arrival of the 2023 Audi A8 L which, according to the distributor, “exudes more authority” and showcases the brand’s “revolutionary” Audi Space Frame (ASF) technology.

Aluminum is used in 58% of the structure, which allows the vehicle to weigh approximately 40% less than a comparable model using steel.

The ASF body of the new Audi A8 L is based on a frame made of aluminum profiles and parts, supplemented by other aluminum panels, such as the roof and the side of the body. Carbon fiber reinforced polymer and magnesium are also used to complement the steel components. Combined, the ASF structure provides exceptional rigidity that improves handling while significantly reducing vibration. It also reduces weight, thereby improving efficiency.

The front of the vehicle is marked by a more angular Singleframe grille with chrome elements, increasing in size from bottom to top. The grille is flanked by new digital matrix LED headlights, as well as side air intakes that are straighter and whose lower edge has distinctive contours.

Viewed from the side, the A8 L’s sleek roof dome is apparent, as are the sweeping lines on the body that emphasize the length of the vehicle, the concave contours at the bottom and the wide wheel arches that hint at the system of quattro drive from Audi. At the rear are large chrome clasps, a customizable taillight signature with digital OLEDs and a continuous, segmented light strip. The diffuser insert in the bumper is accentuated and redesigned with horizontal bars.

Inside, the driver gets vehicle and navigation information via a high-definition 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display. MMI Navigation with MMI Touch Response also allows the driver and passengers to control various infotainment and convenience functions via touchscreens, handwriting recognition or natural voice commands.

The longer wheelbase means more space in the cabin, which is equipped, Audi said, with luxurious amenities, especially for rear passengers. Among these features is the rear seat entertainment system consisting of two Audi tablets and the rear seat remote control. With these, passengers can watch movies on streaming sites, browse the Internet and access other applications. The system also benefits from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Audi also installs a cooler in the back to accommodate cold drinks.

Other high-end features include 360-degree 3D camera, panoramic sunroof, four-zone automatic climate control, air quality package with ionizer and fragrance, multi-function massage in all seats, and audio system Bang & Olufsen.

The new Audi A8 L is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine developing 335 hp and 500 Nm. The engine is equipped with a mild hybrid system consisting of a belt-driven starter-alternator and a lithium battery -ion, which help reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Paired to the engine is a quick but smooth eight-stage Tiptronic transmission. Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive and 21-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard.