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Audi A8 gets predictive suspension tech

Published : 21 Jul 2019 04:54 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 08:02 AM

When the Audi S8 made its debut at the beginning of the month, one of its main features highlighted in the press release was the predictive suspension able to limit body roll and boost comfort. It’s going to be standard on the hotter derivative, and now the Ingolstadt folks have announced it will be an option on the regular A8 models in Europe equipped with the TFSI engines.

The Audi A8’s predictive suspension works in tandem with a front-mounted camera able to detect uneven surfaces before you actually drive over them in order to prepare the car by pre-adjusting the suspension for maximum comfort. The camera is so fast that it gathers information about the surface up ahead 18 times a second, while the active suspension can lower or lift the sedan’s body by up to 85 millimeters (3.3 inches) within five-tenths of a second.

The predictive suspension comes with a benefit even when the car is standing still as it automatically raises the body by as much as 50 mm (2 in) when you use the door handle to enable an easier entrance. Fancy.

Available in Europe from August, the optional predictive active suspension will cost €5,450 (German pricing).