2018 Audi A8 Nailed – In More Ways Than One

The best spy images so far of Audi‘s new A8 show not only that the BMW 7-Series fighter is the final stages of its development, but that our recent rendering is very close to the final product.

The car lapping the Nürburgring has a flavor of the Prologue concept and it is refreshingly sharper than the one it replaces thanks to its 3-D hexagonal grille, slimmer headlights and completely redesigned, more muscular bodywork with a more shallow glasshouse and tapering rear end.

Audi pioneered the use of an all-aluminum spaceframe on the first-gen A8 in 1994. In its latest iteration, Ingolstadt’s engineers combine the ASF with the VW Group’s advanced MLB Evo platform for lower weight and crisper handling to take on its rivals from Munich and Stuttgart.

The new architecture also allows for improved interior space without increasing the overall dimensions and a redesign that does away with the old controls and introduces a large touch screen at the center console, the next-gen MMI infotainment system and voice and gesture controls, like the new 7-Series.

Audi’s flagship, codenamed D5, will come with two petrol engines (a 4.0-liter V8 and a 6.3-liter W12), three diesels (3.0 V6, 4.0 V8 and 5.0 V10) and a new hybrid that will replace the four-cylinder turbo with a 3.0-liter V6. Naturally, the standard automatic transmissions will be coupled to the brand’s signature quattro all-wheel drive system.

The 2018MY A8 will debut this year and sales will commence near its end or, more likely, early-to-mid 2017.

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  • ggg

    a bigger a4 with the horrible fwd proportions.. Nothin new

  • Eunos

    5.0 V10 TDI? That will be soo cool.

    • TheHake

      The A8 has been offered with a 5.0 V10 TDi in the past. But it was quickly replaced with the V8 TDi which offered better performance and economy.

      • Eunos

        I think you’re wrong. The A8 had 4.0tdi V8 and then 4.2, it never had the V10 diesel

        • TheHake

          Oke. Sorry then. I might be thinking of the Phaeton.

  • Matthew Boyd

    It’s coming along

  • Merc1

    Still with lousy FWD proportions. Wheels are jabbed up to the doors and the overhangs are too long. A new grille and lights won’t help with that.

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    • Eunos

      the dislike button doesn’t work

    • europeon

      It has FWD proportions because it is a FWD car.
      Why would it have a Maserati-like dash-to-axle ratio when there is no practical reason for it.

      • Zandit75

        “Audi’s flagship, codenamed D5, will come with two petrol engines (a 4.0-liter V8 and a 6.3-liter W12), three diesels (3.0 V6, 4.0 V8 and 5.0 V10) and a new hybrid that will replace the four-cylinder turbo with a 3.0-liter V6. Naturally, the standard automatic transmissions will be coupled to the brand’s signature quattro all-wheel drive system.”

        No mention of FWD here.

        • europeon

          Even if the article doesn’t mention, the car is using the MLB(2) platform, which is designed for FWD applications with optional AWD.
          They might chose not to have FWD variants (altho I doubt there won’t be a 3rd world market one or some TDI ULTRA), but there are restrictions, such as front axle/engine mounting, things you can’t change without major re-engineering – which defeats the purpose of a platform really.

      • TOMSON

        Check the new Volvo S90 proportions and think again, if a FWD car HAS TO look that bad! But it´s caused by their power output position, since the side shafts directly installed at the Transmission…that´s the reason, why the wheel must be behind the most part of the engine. Volvo is using a transverse layout of the engine and put the steering system behind the side shafts and not in the front. The ugly proportions of Audis are just caused by that fact, but otherwise, there would be nearly no chance to install big engines transverse (yes, i know the tiny Yamaha V8 of the last gen S80), so they can´t fight MB and BMW.

        • europeon

          True, Volvo’s packaging is way better and more aesthetic, but I rather have Audi’s ugly FWD proportions than 2 liters l4 engines and leaf spring suspension on the rear axle.

          • TOMSON

            ok, that´s one up to you! I agree

        • KareKakk

          Actually, both Volvo S80 1.gen and Daewoo Evanda/Magnus sqeezed in a transverse straight six. 😉

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’ll give you sleeker but not enough Prologue in it to be very exciting. Credit for pretty much guessing it with your render.

  • D3X

    That oversized Hyundai grille isn’t helping

  • This should come out right about the same time as the new LS, interesting stuff..

  • Vassilis

    Wringing the neck of that barge in the ‘Ring. Should be fun!

  • Sébastien

    Weird it has only one radar on the front-right side…

  • Elmediterraneo

    “Audi’s flagship, codenamed D5, will come with two petrol engines (a 4.0-liter V8 and a 6.3-liter W12), three diesels (3.0 V6, 4.0 V8 and 5.0 V10)” = Wrong

    There will be two standards petrol models. One with a 333 hp 3.0 liter V6 TFSI from the new Q7 and an all-new 4.0 liter V8 TFSI co-developed by Porsche and Audi which will offer more than 450 hp and replaces the current 435 hp engine.

    In the diesel line-up, a 3.0 liter V6 TDI with 272 hp and a 435 hp 4.0 liter V8 TDI from the SQ7.
    And between them a more powerful version of version of the V6 at 340/350 hp to close the gap between 272 and 435 hp.

    And finally, two top petrol models. The S8 with more than a 600 hp version of the V8 TFSI to keep beating the current 605 hp S8 Plus. And the A8 L W12 TFSI with the brand new 608 hp 6.0 liter twin turbo W12 seen on the Bentley Bentayga.

    For the e-tron hyrbid models, well, it depends of the market.
    I guess in Europe it will feature a diesel 3.0 liter V6 TDI and maybe in US a petrol 3.0 liter V6 TFSI.
    We can also expect in China a 4 cylinder 2.0 TFSI petrol engine like just they did for the chinese version of the Q7 e-tron.

  • I agree on the proportions, nothing new for Audis; still, on the flesh the cars look much better than in photos and I expect this to be the true for this new A8.
    Evolutionary design it is indeed, but the big luxury sedan segment tends to be really conservative, although sometimes a revolutionary stirs things up – ex. the late-90s Bangle-butted 7-series, the Panamera, maybe the upcoming Lexus LS flagship (if they don’t mess up the LF-LC design)..

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