“Vorsprung durch Technik” doesn’t translate to “know your place, human,” but in the case of the 2019 Audi A8 it probably should. Fourth generation of the luxury sedan, it’s the most technologically advanced, gadget-packed iteration to-date, paving the way for Audi’s autonomous driving future among a host of other “firsts”. While the new A8 won’t find its way to US shores until fall 2018, Audi invited us to get an early preview – I just didn’t expect to have a crisis of identity while I was there.
It’s a more striking car than its predecessor, from the bold “Singleframe” grille at the front, through the more sculpted crease-lines on the hood and sides, to the muscular emphasis above the wheel arches and the rear with its distinctive lighting. I suspect it’ll age more gracefully than many of its competitors. Audi has both standard and long-wheelbase versions, though the US will only get the latter: just 10-percent of sales of the old A8 were of the short-wheelbase model.
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