Audi A8 3

Comfort is paramount in the luxury segment, and Audi is determined to have its next-generation A8 rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in ride comfort, whilst continuing to improve on driving dynamics, according to an Autocar report.

The German marque’s engineers have been tasked with maintaining the sporty slant of the current-generation range, while giving them a wider range of characteristics. More steering feel and more compliant suspension settings are part of the aim where appropriate, the report says.

New suspension technology will lead the way in providing a change in the ride and handling characteristics on next-generation A8s as the focus on long-distance driving comfort is set to remain. The technological advances will trickle down to other next-generation Audis in the future, while the high-performance S and RS models are also likely to benefit from the new technology.

The next A3 and A1 in particular are said be set up for a much more compliant ride, due to customer feedback suggesting their preference for a comfortable ride instead of a sporty one. The tech advances are set to coincide with Audi’s new look spearheaded by the Audi Prologue Concept, which should give the best indication of the new cars’ design direction when it is unveiled on the next Audi A8 next year.

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