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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 16/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Audi Oman, represented by Wattayah Motors, the official dealer for Audi in Oman, launched the new A8 against the ambiance of Bait al Zubair, a museum replete with centuriesold relic; a testimony to Oman's glorious past, timeless heritage, rich culture and tradition.

Undoubtedly, the perfect centrestage where, amidst a big gathering of select and enthralled guests, Audi's flagship brand, the captivating new A8, was unveiled! ''The new Audi A8 is a complete technological package “ overdelivers on the basics, boasts features and innovative technologies never seen in its class before. The new A8 also offers outstanding drive, enhanced handling, acceleration and thoughtful technology solutions not currently found in the segment'', explained. Ahmed Shariefi, General Manager of Wattayah Motors.

The A8 can now pitch itself as a legitimate contender on almost every level, and a superior on some, including in-car connectivity. Excellent comfort, superb craftsmanship, strict lightweight construction and a broad portfolio of high-end technologies: Audi has exhaustively updated its A8 flagship.

New assistance systems and the innovative Matrix LED headlights make for even more superior driving. The engines are more powerful and more efficient, Shariefi added. The A8 makes Audi one of the innovation leaders in the luxury segment. One of the outstanding strengths of the sedan is its lightweight construction. The standard- wheelbase A8 50 TFSI Quattro has a kerb weight of just 1,830kg “ the lowest value among the competitors with allwheel drive.

The decisive factor here is the body. An Audi Space Frame (ASF) made almost entirely of aluminum, it weighs just 231 kilograms. The new Audi A8 is the largest sedan in its competitive segment. It is 5.14m long, 1.95m wide, 1.46m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.99m. The A8 L gains an additional 13cm in both length and wheelbase. The 520-liter trunk in both variants has been reconfigured to be even easier to load. Thanks to new noise damping measures, the already low interior noise level has been reduced even further.

The dynamic design of the Audi A8 is now more expressive. The engine hood, the Singleframe grille and the front bumper have more pronounced contours, and the headlights have become flatter. The latter are optionally available with Audi's innovative Matrix LED technology (standard in the A8 L W12 and the S8).

With these headlights, the high-beam comprises 25 small, individual light-emitting diodes per unit that can be switched on and off or dimmed individually as needed. 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 LED lights at the rear of the car have been revised. In all versions except the S8, the exhaust system terminates in two large, trapezoidal tailpipe tips on each side of the rear end. Fine chrome strips and high-gloss black window frames round out the revised design.

There is a choice of 12 exterior colors, including five new ones. Wheel sizes range up to 21 inches for all models. In the interior of the Audi flagship, all components exhibit uncompromisingly precise workmanship. Every detail demonstrates the hand-built character of the new Audi A8. The range of seat coverings, inlays and colors has become even more upscale in many areas, such as the sustainably tanned Unicum leather, which is particularly naturallooking and breathable.

New additions among the inlays are the veneers fine grain poplar brown silver and fine grain ash natural gold brown, which are adorned with silver and gold, respectively. Despite the abundance of functions, the new Audi A8 features an exemplarily clear operating concept. This includes the MMI control unit with the large rotary pushbutton. With the MMI navigation plus the system also includes a touchpad. The driver can enter characters via the MMI touch to control numerous navigation and multimedia functions.

The technology module Audi connect including car phone complements MMI navigation plus and connects the sedan to the Internet. Passengers can surf and e-mail freely on their mobile devices using the Wi-Fi hotspot. Components such as the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System and rear seat entertainment round out the range.

The optional assistance systems provide the driver with even greater control on the road. The adaptive cruise control with stop&go function is coupled with an expanded version of the standard Audi pre sense basic safety system. The same applies to Audi side assist. New in the A8 are Audi active lane assist, which makes slight steering adjustments when necessary, the park assist system with 360 display, which steers the sedan autonomously when parking, and the head-up display.

The night vision assistant now recognizes larger animals in addition to pedestrians. The new Audi A8 is equipped with a fast and smooth-shifting, eight-speed tiptronic. The electronically controlled automatic transmission is paired with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Audi complements this with the optional sport differential, which distributes the power between the rear wheels as needed. It is standard with the S8. This Audi A8 is available at Audi dealerships across Om


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