Official: All-New Audi A8 Flagship To Debut On July 11

Audi‘s 4th-generation A8 (D5) luxury saloon will make its first appearance on July 11 during the ‘Audi Summit’ in Barcelona, Spain, ahead of a public premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, according to an announcement we received for the event.
The new model will combine the more rakish and chiseled looks of the Audi Prologue Concept series with a slightly larger footprint.

Thanks to Audi’s MLB Evo platform, the new A8 will be lighter than its predecessor, not to mention more compatible with alternative powertrains. Speaking of future-proofing, Audi’s flagship will come with plenty of autonomous features on-board, such as an updated version of the Traffic Jam Assist, which works at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph) during heavy traffic conditions without any input from the driver.

Under the hood, we’re expecting a similar line-up to the current model, with a range of petrol and diesel units, followed by a plug-in hybrid model hitting the market soon after the car’s official debut. Previous reports have indicated that we may be looking at a two petrol and three diesel engine lineup, with a 460 HP 4.0-liter petrol V8 and a 565 HP 6.3-liter petrol W12 joined by a 272 HP 3.0-liter V6 TDI, 408 HP 4.0-liter V8 TDI and a 500 HP 5.0-liter V10 TDI.

Expect to see Audi’s all-new A8 begin arriving in showrooms towards the end of 2017, when it will finally meet up with BMW’s new 7-Series and the ever-successful Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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  • baofe

    If you guys want to know how the new A8 will look, take a current A4 and in photoshop/paint, stretch the car and grille out a bit. Boom. New A8.

    • Evan McMaster

      Ummm no?

      • Six Thousand Times

        Well…probably. At least kinda.

    • Carlos Gamarra

      that only works with mercedes-benz sedan lmao

    • Kevin Tay

      I think stretching cars work with every big German automaker lol

    • Carenthusiast

      Yes you are right about the exterior. It’s the interior I’m really looking fwd to where they are likely to head towards touchscreen interfaces from MMI rotary control. Are they gonna get rid off physical switches like Panamera? Will have to wait and see.

    • Bo Hanan

      Didn’t Audi cancel the A8 at one time?… No? Ok, wishful thinking..

      • Beelzaboot teriaksun

        best joke I read today

  • Erzhik

    Unless they are planning to offer something truly groundbraking, this will never take on the S-class

    • Bash

      it never did actually imo

  • AlesMou

    Already looks aged.

  • getoffme

    Just look at the new A4 and stretch it. Tada, the new A8.

  • ZafMio

    Why do they even bother to camouflage them. We, already, can see how it’ll look like… 😜

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Still FWD, are we?

    • Six Thousand Times

      I thing they’re all AWD at the A8 level but the packaging is the same, yes.

  • klowik

    A8 used to be an unimportant car for its large size and chauffeur image.

  • and is still ugly ,nothing special like they promise !!

  • Look at the Q7 ,is great big Suv but is very ugly !!!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Audis start to lose it, dynamically, the bigger the engines you hang (longitudinally) off that front axle.

    • purplelion77

      They never really ‘had’ it dynamically compared to their RWD competitors, but at least for FWD cars they used to have nice proportions (i.e. the front axle was pushed as far forwards as possible). Now they start to lose this aspect as that front overhang keeps getting bigger and bigger with every new generation. Volvo does it a LOT better nowadays (see S90, XC60) as does Mazda.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Well, to be fair, the original Quattro was a revolution. And also, both Mazda and Volvo mount their fours transversely to minimise front overhang. They also leave a little “dead space ” between the cabin and the front wheel arch which gives the illusion of RWD proportions. Audi’s problems come into play with engines mounted north-south and slung out over the front wheels. Actually, the worst of all worlds, dynamically.

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