Bollywood celebrities love flaunting their stunning and expensive luxury cars, but there are a few who are actually passionate for speeding cars, and Abhishek Bachchan is one of them. He owns several exorbitant super luxury and sports cars including Bentley Continental GT, Audi A8 and more. He had purchased the Audi A8 luxury saloon for his daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan, when she was four-months old. The A8 is one of the most popular celebrity cars in India, which is also owned by Emraan Hashmi, Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt.
Audi A8, the high-end luxury saloon, received significant interior updates and improved performance in 2014. The new model sports advanced Audi Matrix LED headlights technology, with 25 individually controlled LEDs that automatically split light rays according to the oncoming traffic, road conditions and turns. Other exterior updates include a new pattern of LED lights, modified bumper and grille. At the rear end, the car features sequential turn indicators and square-shaped exhaust tips. It gets a sleeker tail lamp cluster that resembles the facelifted Skoda Superb. The car is 25% more rigid than its predecessor, thanks to its aluminum spaceframe and alloys.
Interior is more up-market and comfortable than it used to be. Audi offers ventilated seats with massage feature on more variants. It gets optional electrically adjustable rear individual seats, too. Despite being based on the long-wheelbase version, it isn’t among the most spacious saloon, but a decent one. There is enough space for stretching legs and arms. However, the rear seat packaging is tight for tall passengers. Safety features like heads-up display, lane assist, parking assist and night vision assist are new add-ons.
The 2014 Audi A8 continues to be powered with a 3.0-litre V6 TFSI petrol engine, but now it’s tweaked for more power and better fuel efficiency. It churns out a maximum power of 310bhp, while the 4.0-litre V8 TFSI petrol unit develops 435bhp. The 6.3-litre W12 and 4.0-litre V8 engine of performance oriented S8 producing remain unchanged and deliver a maximum power of 500 hp and 520 hp, respectively.
All the engines are punchy, refined and satisfy the Euro 6 emission norms. The saloon gets multi-link suspension, at front and rear axle, with standard air springing and electronic damper control. The ZF gearbox is very precise and prompt. The A8 is faster than most of its rivals. It accelerates 0-100kmph in 4.5 seconds only. All the Audi cars in India are known for their premium status, interior comfort, excellent ride quality and drivability, and the A8 isn’t an exception here.