Today, Audi of Japan has debuted the A8 “5.5” model. Limited only to the land of the rising sun, the Audi A8 5.5 honors the Japanese rice-eating culture by offering the world’s first rice cooker in the rear seat console. The model name 5.5 was inspired from 5(five) Go and 0.5(half) Han, coming from the term gohan, which means rice in Japanese.
The rice cooker is exclusively designed to work on the basis of the performance of Audi A8’s engine. From the intense heat convection inside the broad-brimmed Japanese rice cooking pot called, Hagama, it can generate heat directly from the core, cooking, what Audi says is the perfect rice ever. The rear MMI controls have also been replaced with controls for the Hagama.
With the touch screen menu panel, owners can select multiple cooking options, as well as customize any rice to their own taste of preference. A matching set of tea cups, plates, chopsticks and bowls have been tailored. Apart from the rice cooking mechanism, the A8 5.5’s 2,990mm long wheelbase interior’s seats are reupholstered with tatami, made out of the finest soft rush grass (rice straw), which is suitable for high temperature and the humidity in Japan.
Today is also April the 1st, so thanks for even believing for a moment what you just read – an Audi Japan special prank, a carefully and tastefully curated one at that! Japanese customers who contact their local Audi dealer regarding the Audi A8 5.5, will receive a special gift (below) based on first come first serve basis.