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Ingolstadt-based Audi has let its flagship model, the new 2015 A8 together with its performance version, the S8 out of the bag ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut. The fourth generation A8 gets a wide-sweeping update, including more powerful engines, high-tech assistance and perhaps the most prominent of all, the Matrix LED headlights.

Audi confirms that the new A8 retains its dimensions – 5.14 m overall length, 2.99 m wheelbase, 1.95 m wide and 1.46 m tall – but the long wheelbase version, the A8 L gains an additional 13 centimeters in both length and wheelbase. Both body types feature a new trunk layout for easier loading.

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The aforementioned Matrix LED headlights, which comes as standard in all V8 models sets new benchmarks with state-of-the-art features like intelligent cornering light, new DRL and dynamic turn signals. It also 25 individual light-emitting diodes per unit that can be switched on and off or dimmed individually depending on the situation.

The supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI with 310 hp, the V8 twin-turbo 4.0-litre TFSI with 435 hp, the 258 hp 3.0-litre TDI clean diesel and the 4.2-litre TDI diesel, which produces 385 hp and 850 Nm are all offered in the home market. The elongated A8 L gets a whopping 500 hp from its 6.3 W12 mill while the performance-oriented S8 is powered by a 4.0-litre TFSI churning 520 hp. The front-wheel drive A8 Hybrid combines a 2.0-litre TFSI and electric motor to produce a combined output of 245 hp and 480 Nm.

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Gearbox for the standard A8 comes in the form of an eight-speed tiptroinc paired with the renowned quattro AWD system. Optional sport differential, which comes as standard in the S8 and A8 4.2 TFSI is also available for other variants.

New to the A8 are active lane assist and head-up display, which comes with a night vision to detect crossing pedestrians as well as large animals during night driving.

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