Undeniably, it's not the quantity alone but in particular the special quality of the new Audi A8L's standard equipment that sets a new benchmark in the luxury car class.
The A8's steering uses the speed-sensitive servotronic system, which now has steering-angle sensing as well, thus ensuring a suitable amount of effort at the steering wheel to match the car's speed and steering-wheel angle.
The new 6-speed tiptronic and the new multifunctional steering wheel of 4 spoke design ensure a high level of handling convenience.
The standard luxury automatic air conditioning offers a very high level of comfort. Compared with the previous model's system, Audi's development engineers have mainly concentrated on reducing the risk of unpleasant currents of air inside the car. Additional air outlets have been integrated into the top of the fascia, from where the necessary air volume is distributed without the occupants being aware of any noticeable draughts. Air is supplied to the rear-seat area by outlets in the B posts, at the rear end of the center console and in the rear footwells.
A newly developed moisture sensing system in the A8 reduces the risk of fogged windows. The demisting performance of the air conditioning evaporator is based on data from the temperature and moisture sensors and from an infrared radiation sensor which determines the temperature of the windscreen without touching it.
But that's not enough. Forward-looking technologies such as the Multi Media Interface (MMI), the electro-mechanical parking brake with starting assistant and LEDs in the rear-turn indicator lights and side repeaters are once again the best possible confirmation for Audi's proverbial "Vorsprung durch Technik" - the technological lead that has permanent validity in the luxury car segment too.
The same applies to passive safety equipment. The driver's and front passenger's airbags have two-step inflation to provide optimum protection in the event of frontal collisions; the driver's airbag is of ring pattern. In the event of a side impact, side airbags in the seat backs and the sideguard head airbag system ensure the highest level of safety for occupants of all the car's outer seats.
The interior ambience is governed by the two-piece fine wood decor in brown and matt palladium burr walnut, which extends round to the sides. Numerous variants in different color tones between black and light beige can be combined for the seat upholstery and trim.
The striking aluminum optics underline the dynamic character of the new Audi A8 in various zones of the cockpit, such as the MMI terminal and the selector lever gate, the instrument panel's tubular dial surrounds and the clip on the standard multifunctional steering wheel.
The standard equipment front seats for the new A8 are electrically adjustable, and there are generous center armrests at the front and rear for occupant comfort and support.
The standard radio system offers the occupants excellent acoustical quality and keeps them supplied with up-to-date information. 4-way antenna diversity and a total of eight loudspeakers plus subwoofer ensure excellent reception and sound quality at all seats. An equalizer matched to the car's equipment and trim specification takes into account changes to interior acoustics caused, for instance, by the choice of cloth or leather upholstery.
Integration into the MMI operating concept has raised the level of operating convenience most impressively. A list of all radio stations that can be received in a given region appears at the touch of a button and is constantly updated by the tuner.