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Adaptive Air Suspension


All new Audi A8L is equipped with adaptive air suspension as standard, aluminium wheel control arm, five-link front suspension and tracking wishbone rear suspension. The cutting-edge chassis enables it to flawlessly combine ultimate comfort of luxury saloon cars with dynamic handling of a coupe.


The quattro® technology stands for permanent power to all four wheels distributed between the front and rear axles. Power to each axle leads to a low power requirement with very well balanced handling.
Especially on slippery road surfaces the quattro® permanent four-wheel drive guarantees more driving pleasure. If the wheels of one axle lose grip and threaten to spin, the drive torque is redirected in the central differential to the other axle, automatically and continuously. The quattro® technology takes into account the influence of the engine speed and torque, the wheel speeds and the forward and lateral acceleration. The result: better acceleration, greater lateral stability, improved traction and higher safety.

Audi drive select

The standard-fit Audi drive select control system allows you to influence a wide array of operating dynamics control systems over and above the engine, transmission and steering.
The system alters such aspects as the accelerator characteristic, adaptive air suspension, transmission characteristic, damper control, reversible belt tensioner and, if fitted, the sport differential, dynamic steering and cornering light. The engine speeds at which the gear changes take place are altered – in the dynamic mode, they are delayed until higher revs are reached, whereas in the comfort mode the transmission changes gear at a lower engine speed. For damper control, the level of damping force changes. On the optional quattro® with sport differential (standard for 4.2 TDI), the drive torque distribution is varied.

Dynamic steering

With dynamic steering, depending on the driving situation the steering effort and angle are dynamically adjusted when changing lane, parking and cornering. This enhances comfort and driveability.
This automatic adjusting to the road speed brings a host of tangible benefits: dynamic steering provides an even more precise steering feel and better feedback from the road surface. When manoeuvring into parking spaces and at low speeds, the steering ratio becomes more direct so that less steering effort is required. At higher speeds the steering ratio becomes more indirect – for maximum smoothness and outstanding directional stability. In conjunction with Audi drive select, you can decide for yourself whether you want the steering’s characteristic to be sportier or more comfortable.