Audi A8 L Extended

Audi Ponders Whether or Not to Expand A8 Lineup

When it comes to flagship models, the elephant in the room is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. This model comes in a standard and long-wheelbase, along with even longer and more luxurious models - Maybach and Pullman. Don't forget the S-Class coupe and convertible. Audi is considering taking on the entire S-Class lineup with the A8.

“We are thinking about it. The success of the extra-long version of the S-Class has got us wondering about whether there could be a business case for that in the future,” said Dr. Stefan Knirsch, Audi's new technical boss to Auto Express.

Currently, Audi only offers the A8 in a standard or long-wheelbase. Last month, Audi revealed a one-off A8L extended that featured six-doors and seating for up to six people.

Next-generation A8 to feature a more advanced automated driving system

Knirsch also told Auto Express the next-generation A8 would feature a piloted system that follows the standards of SAE Level 3 of automation - a driver can remove their hands from the wheel for a longer period of time and at higher speeds than current systems.

“We are working on the new A8 to introduce this new level of piloted systems,” said Knirsch.

It should be noted that level 3 systems still require the driver to intervene in case of trouble.

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