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2011 Audi A8 preview

CNET Car Tech gets a sneak peek at Audi's 2011 A8.

2011 Audi A8
The new Audi A8 incorporates innovative new tech features, along with LED headlights. Audi

In case the automotive press was in any doubt about Audi's message for its new A8 sedan, the company chose to launch the latest iteration of its flagship model at this year's Design Miami art festival in Miami Beach. The third generation of the A8 does deserve some credit for its new design language: its clean side profile and squat front end chime with many of the cues we've seen on other updated models in the automaker's lineup. Audi has a thing for lights recently, and the A8's LEDs got plenty of airtime at the launch ceremony, with British designer Tom Dixon crooning over the car's "anti-gravity luminosity." We're not quite sure what that is, but any headlight assembly that packs in more than 40 LEDs on each corner has to be something special.

In the cabin, Audi's new luxobarge offers the usual lineup of entertainment and information systems with a few head-turning features, including an optional handwriting recognition system for navigation inputs, an updated MMI interface, and an optional 1,400-watt Bang and Olufsen audio system. Other notable innovations include an intelligent link between the car's navigation system and other onboard systems, including the adaptive cruise control, gearbox, and--of course--the headlights. Check out the photos to see the latest that Ingolstadt has to offer.