AS if there wasn’t sufficient luxurious within the new A8, Audi has gone massive and massive.
Not content material with having oceans of luxurious, the boffins at Inglostadt stretched the physique to five.3 meters and decked out all the additional area in supplies match for a king.
If the decadent, stitched leather-based would not win you over then the piano black trim on the higher sprint – which magically disappears if you activate the heating – absolutely will.
Now in its fourth technology and handled to a mid-life face-lift, this huge limo is greener and about as fuel-efficient as a mid-sized hatchback. Extra on that later.
Stylistically, the entrance grille is the largest change, with a wider body and slimmer LED headlights. Opinion may be divided on the chrome detailing, which some really feel is just a little an excessive amount of. Pictured above is the Black Version bundle.
On the rear, a coast-to-coast OLED 3D gentle bar by no means fails to place a smile in your face.
Inside, the cabin stays the identical with three state-of-the-art digital shows dominating. The cool Digital Cockpit, full with Google 3D maps and interchangeable instrument clusters, sits behind the chunky leather-based steering wheel.
To the left, within the higher heart console, is the infotainment system that homes the telephone, streaming music and apps.
Under is a 3rd touchscreen for local weather management, with button-like sensors to boost or decrease the temperature or fan velocity.
The graphics are crystal clear and the response velocity is second to none.
The engine line-up contains the 60 TFSi — a 3.0 liter V6 petrol plug-in hybrid — which develops a large 456bhp whereas returning 1.8 litres/100km or 156mpg.
To attain these figures (Audi’s, not ours), the petrol powerplant is twinned with an electrical motor fed by a 17.8kWh battery pack that may present as much as 56km of electrical driving alone.
Driving in winter, with heater, lights and wipers, you would be fortunate to see 40km.
Like all PHEVs, each journey begins in serene silence as the large EV motor with 134bhp, simply guides this 2.4 tonne luxo barge by metropolis visitors.
Take it out on the motorway (you’ll be able to decide to save lots of battery energy by switching modes within the driving management settings) put the foot down, and the V6’s full energy kicks in – hitting 100kph at in simply 4.9 seconds.
Its grunt and supply is great because of the 8-speed automated gearbox and the hybrid set-up which is basically the identical because the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid.
The all-wheel drive Quattro provides to security and dynamic driving, however avoids the bigger 20-inch rims, which make the experience a bit uneven.
Though unusual, the most effective place to benefit from the easy drive is within the rear the place the additional legroom affords most consolation.
My 6ft 2in passenger (son) tried that out rubberstamping the sprawl issue by falling asleep twice on longer jaunts.
The one draw back is that the plug-in tech eats into the boot area, lowering the unique 505 liters of bags area to simply 390.
However the largest fly within the Audi ointment is the current launch of the all-new BMW i7 absolutely electrical 7-series.
We’ll be checking it out over the following couple of weeks, and might’t wait to see the 32-inch theater display screen come down from the roof within the again.
Within the meantime, save these pennies as a result of costs for the Audi A8 L begin at €117,348.
Mercedes’ all new SL AMG drop prime is right here
SHOULD your six numbers come up within the EuroMillions, maybe you must deal with your self to this gorgeous drop prime.
Off the meeting line in Stuttgart is the brand new Mercedes AMG SL Roadster – the primary of what’s going to be a collection of recent fashions deliberate for subsequent 12 months.
It guarantees “efficiency luxurious” with a 2+2 seat configuration (the primary since 1989) and an opulent inside with a totally digital cockpit.
There’s wall-to-wall leather-based, heated bucket seats with followers within the headrests and the most recent MBUX infotainment system with “Hey Mercedes” voice management.
The brand new providing is lighter and extra nimble than its predecessor. Due to a brand new Z-fold mechanism, engineers shaved 21kg off the soft-top roof, which may be deployed at speeds of as much as 60km and takes round 15 seconds to finish.
Within the SL, intensive AMG-specific content material is added to the 5 show kinds. Unique driving modes like AMG Efficiency or AMG TRACK PACE add average spice if you wish to push this automobile to the bounds.
Initially, Irish prospects can select an entry stage AMG that develops 381bhp and two 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engines with 476hp or 585hp respectively and 0-100kmh in 4 seconds.
A System 1-inspired E-PERFORMANCE hybrid with an electrical energy unit on the rear axle will comply with. Absolutely variable 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive is customary.
Costs begin at €238,395.
Cupra bucks pattern with file gross sales in 2022
OVERALL, new automobile gross sales right here rose barely final 12 months, however nonetheless lagged 10pc behind pre-Covid ranges.
Cupra – the efficiency wing of dad or mum firm SEAT – bucked the pattern, with registrations up 267pc in 2022 in comparison with 2021, making it Eire’s quickest rising automobile marque.
Due to the award-winning Formentor, gross sales have been robust, adopted by the all-electric Born which carried out nicely.
The Cupra providing has expanded to 4 fashions, with the Leon hatchback and Sportstourer and the Ateca SUV finishing the line-up.
The model has begun its journey in the direction of full electrification and the figures present pattern – nearly one in three Cupras offered final 12 months have been electrified and that determine appears set to increase as extra fashions arrive. electrical mannequin.
In different excellent news, the availability chain points brought on by the warfare in Ukraine have additionally been resolved.