The all-new 2018 Audi A8 is going to debut on July 11, but leading up to the sedan’s debut, Audi has been releasing little tidbits of information. We already know that the 2018 A8 will come standard with a mild-hybrid system and now Audi has revealed details about its active suspension, which can automatically adjust based on road conditions.
The active suspension uses a front camera to detect bumps in the road to adjusts the suspension before you even get to the road’s imperfections. Even before the car reaches a bump in the road, the preview function developed by Audi transmits the right amount of travel to the actuators and actively controls the suspension. In this way the suspension reacts precisely at the right time, virtually completely eliminating any vibrations and jolts.
The process takes just a few milliseconds, with the camera generating information about the road surface condition 18 times a second. The electronic chassis platform processes the road surface information to control all the suspension’s components almost in real time. The active suspension can also detect possible accident risks around the A8.
In the event of an imminent side impact at more than 15.5 mph the suspension actuators raise the body on the exposed side by up to 3.1 inches within half a second. As a result, the collision is directed to the stronger areas of the A8, like its side sills and floor structure. The 2018 A8 will also feature dynamic all-wheel steering that will give it a shorter turning radius than the Audi A4.