2018 Audi A8 Spotted Almost Free Of Camo Ahead Of July Premiere

A late prototype of the new 2018 Audi A8 was spotted on public roads with minimal camouflage, giving us a good look on the upcoming German luxury flagship.

The car was pretty much free of camo, with the exception of some black tape on the headlights, grille and taillights.

As spotted on our earlier reports, the highlight of the new exterior design will be the new front grille, which is now wider and pointier at its sides, giving the new A8 a more distinctive look on the road.

The new Audi A8 will be based on the same MLB-evo platform that underpins models like the Q7 but it will get a new lightweight body shell made out of four different materials, including steel, aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber.

This doesn’t mean that the new model will be lighter than the current A8, with Audi saying that the new body is around 50kg (110 lbs) heavier than the current aluminum body, but is also 24 percent stiffer as well.

This is because of the addition of even better crash structures and the need to comply with tough regulations, not to mention the different needs that came up from the also new plug-in hybrid powertrains. Audi will also fit the all-new A8 with a range of semi-autonomous systems as well.

Audi has already said that they will debut the all-new A8 on July 11 with a wide range of petrol and diesel units and a PHEV version to follow shortly after.

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  • TheBelltower

    Looks very ordinary. Evidently, like the A3, A4 and A5, we can expect all of the “design” to exist solely within the lighting and plastic bumper caps. Everything between the front and rear wheels might as well be a Passat or a 10-year old A4.

  • Research Janitor


  • Tom

    … poor, underpressed and streched A6 mixed with a little bit A4 ….

  • Six Thousand Times

    Well, you can’t say it’s bad’looking but…

  • Silimarina

    I can feel my heart slowing down, that’s how exciting the design is

  • WG

    Looking at its side profile, I can only see the side view mirrors being redesigned.

  • Nordschleife

    Well if someone superimposes the front end of the A8 from that front end teaser or the A8, A7 & A6 a few weeks back, you’ll have the new A8. Still underwhelming but that seems to be the Audi signature.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    That’s not an Audi…it’s obviously the Hyundai Elantra LWB. 😏

  • Jasta

    If Audi designers had invented the Russian Revolution, the resulting ruler would have been Nicholas II’.

  • Matthew Raworth

    Why even cover it? If this passed me in the street I wouldn’t look twice.

  • Felipe Politano

    Audi, BMW and MB have become the standards of boring. I believe only brand loyalists (and the nouveau riche crowd who needs the validation of a well-known brand) still drool over new Audis like this one. Other than that, I believe most german luxury car owners simply buy Audi/BMW/MB because they either don’t trust Jaguar/Volvo/Alfa, or can’t afford a Porsche/Bentley/Tesla yet.

    • nastinupe

      I agree with Audi and BMW, but not MB, their designs have been on point as of lately. Now 5 years ago I would have to agree with you.

  • nastinupe

    Wow… I love Audi and I am so underwhelmed. I hope that the A7 isn’t just as boring.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Hope? You better pray!

    • accolade

      I think this new look Audi is going to looks worse than the outgoing.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    It looks flat.

    Another excellent job, Audi.

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  • Robert

    Audi is in a design rut. Audi knows how to design the hell out of an interior, but their design mojo stops there. Of the luxury brands, they have the most boring played out exterior design language in the industry.

  • Carlos Gamarra

    well, that’s bland

  • samurai

    Take a look at the Cadillac Escala concept and then back to the A8 mule. It’s really looking bland and boring… Audis design team is totally running out of interesting ideas

  • Monte

    Such a snore, sorry Audi!

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