Since Audi Singapore took over the distribution of Audi cars in Malaysia, they are busy at work in completing the lineup of the range of Audi cars in the country. After premiering the Audi A7 Sportback in Malaysia, the flagship Audi A8L, has now turned up in showrooms here.
The new Audi A8L brings a brand new front end that has a wide, and upright Singleframe grille which is a very distinctive looks by itself. The exterior of the A8L draws a muscular body line that from the front to the wheel arches to the back of the car that demands presence. The new HD Matrix LED headlights and rear LED light strips brings sophistication to the looks of the A8L. The A8 in Malaysia only comes standard with the long wheelbase variant which is being denoted with an L at the back of the A8.
Inside the Audi A8L, you are greeted with sense of luxury with a lavish, and spacious lounge. The sense of quality can be felt throughout the interior of the car from the perforation in the seat upholstery to the electrically opened and closed shutters on the air vents with the use of exquisite materials.
In the back seat, there are an array of functions such as ambient lighting and the new HD Matrix reading lights can be controlled at your fingertips. This is done through a detachable smartphone sized remote control with an OLED display that you can store in the center armrest to keep it safe.
The A8L interior will not look out of place in a sci-fi movie. The familiar rotary pushbuttons and touchpad in Audi of old have been replaced by touchscreen displays. The center of it all is the 10.1-inch infotainment display that blends in with the dashboard when it’s off. Below it, there is another touchscreen display that mainly controls the air conditioning and comfort functions in the car. There is also a text input capability for that touch screen. Both screens have acoustic and tactile feedback that reaffirm the driver that the input have been received by the screens.
In Malaysia, we will be getting the 3.0 TFSI as a start for the A8L. This engine is mated to a belt alternator starter (BAS) system that allows the engine to function in a mild hybrid technology form. Audi calls this the, MHEV, Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle. This means the car can coast with engine switch off and restart smoothly when necessary. It also has an extended start/stop function and an energy recovery output of up to 12 kW.
The Audi A8 is also a multiple award winning car by clinching the “most innovative model of year 2018” that is presented by the “Center of Automotive Management” and PricewaterhouseCoopers AG. Another award that the Audi A8 proudly carries is the “World Luxury Car 2018” presented by 82 juries from 24 countries that comes to a final verdict. The fully imported Audi A8L 3.0 TFSI Quattro Tiptronic retails in Malaysia for RM 879,900.