Special Edition Audi A8 5.5 in Japan features a rice cooker!

The Audi A8 5.5 features a rice cooker and was introduced as a limited edition models back in April 2015. The rice cooker is located in the rear sheet console.


Audi launched a limited edition of the A8 luxury sedan in Japan back in 2015. This one though had a twist and came with a rice cooker embedded in the rear seat. Yes, you read that correctly! The company launched the Audi A8 5.5 in honor of Japanese rice eating traditions. The model name 5.5 was inspired from 5 (five) ‘Go’ (in Japanese) and 0.5 (half) ‘Han’, coming from the term gohan, which means rice in Japanese. This is indeed “Vorsprung durch Technik” on a whole new level.


The intense heat (convection) inside the broad-brimmed Japanese rice cooking pot called, ‘Hagama’, is generated directly from the core, cooking the perfect rice ever. Owners can select multiple cooking options from a touch screen menu panel mounted on the front seat head rests. There are manual buttons too with various options to make the perfect rice recipe. What’s more, owners of the Audi A8 5.5 received a special gift based on first come first serve basis, which is an Audi Original Rice Paddle.


The Audi A8 was launched in Japan in 2014. It is available with a wide range of engine options but the Audi A8 5.5 is powered by a 435 PS/600 Nm engine that’s mated to a 8-speed automatic gearbox. All this for an April fool’s prank. Yes, it was a smartly played prank by Audi back then! And for the guys who read this story, Happy April Fool’s day in advance!

The Audi A8 competes with cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Jaguar XJ and BMW 7-series. The Audi A8 will soon be undergoing a full model change by 2018 and is expected with more tech and features than ever before. There will be a wide range of hybrid and downsized powertrains as well as semi autonomous driving features too.

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