It seems Audi A8 is heavily inspired by Prologue concept and new Q7

Audi A8 is the flagship luxury sedan of the German auto manufacturer. Audi already confirmed a new A8 is under work. The flagship sedan of the German luxury automotive brand will surely come with a fresh appearance incorporated with some sleek design changes. Expect the interior of the car to come more luxurious and bear some more features. Apart from that, the powertrain is also expected to come more powerful and efficient compare to the outgoing model.

Recently test mule of the upcoming A8 was spotted at the Nurburgring. We also have a spyshot based rendering image, which gives us a clear idea about the upcoming luxury sedan. Visibly the car sports a new grille, more aggressive appearance.

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2018 Audi A8
  • Year: 2018
  • Make: Audi
  • Model: A8
  • Engine: V8(Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 435 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM: 444 (Est.)
  • Displacement: 4.0 L (Est.)
  • Top Speed: 130 mph (Est.)
  • car segment: luxury cars
  • body style: sedan

EXTERIOR

2018 Audi A8 Exterior Spyshot
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2018 Audi A8 Exterior Spyshot
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2018 Audi A8 Exterior Spyshot
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Spyshot source: TopSpeed

The new A8 gets more aggressive and sharper compare to the outgoing model. The ‘single frame’ front grille of the car has been updated and it looks sharper and wider in the new A8. As it seems, Audi A8 takes the inspiration from the new generation Q7 and also from the Audi Prologue concept, as both these cars come bearing the similar sharp hexagonal front grilles. The headlamps look sharper as the LED daytime running light integrated to the headlamp clusters don’t come as floating ones. In the new A8 they come straight. The headlamp clusters also look sharper and boxy and feature Matrix LED units. The lower front fascia also looks beefy with the fog lamp areas full of black accents. The hood gets two sleek creases running toward the front grille.

At the side profile the car features sharp character lines running through the doors, which began just at the end of the headlamps and end at the taillamps. Apart from that the lower side body also gets sharp character lines. The glass area gets sleek chrome bordering around it, with the B pillar blackened. The roofline gets nice curving before blending perfectly at the rear. The wing mirrors come featuring sleek LED side turning lights. The wheel arches at the side profile look massive with large bold alloy wheels.

The rear profile of the car in the spyshots is heavily camouflaged. It seems that the rear profile remains identical. Therefore, it can be assumed that the only big change in the new Audi A8 is the front grille. It is still unknown whether the new A8 has received any dimensional change or not. But we know that the car comes sitting on the new MLB Evo platform, which also houses the new Audi Q7 luxury SUV.

Two of the competitors against the Audi A8 are the Mercedes Benz S Class and the BMW 7 Series. The new Mercedes Maybach S Class looks suave and very much elegant, while the new BMW 7 Series also reflects style. Among these three luxury sedans the Audi A8 seems most aggressive looking in its new guise, while the Mercedes Maybach S Class looks the most elegant.

INTERIOR

2016 Audi Q7
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2018 Audi A8’s interior might come inspired by 2016 Audi Q7

The interior of the new Audi A8 is a mystery. But expect the car to feature minimum change. Expect the car to come featuring more updated instrument cluster, and it might take inspiration from the new Audi Q7 interior. The touchscreen infotainment system would come more updated. Expect a new design multifunction steering wheel, new layout for centre console and HVAC vents would come bearing fresh design. The outgoing Audi A8 already comes with a plush luxurious and comfortable cabin with offering plenty of space and luxury for the rear occupants. Expect it to be increased to another level.

The Mercedes Maybach S Class and the BMW & Series also come featuring sheer luxury and comfort inside the cabin with latest automotive gadgets inside.

DRIVETRAIN

Being based on the MLB Evo platform the new Audi A8 comes quite lightweight. It gets lighter than the outgoing model due to the new platform. Surely the weight reduction gives it a chance to get equipped with range of powertrains. In the outgoing model too there are quite a few petrol and diesel engines. Expect the new Audi A8 to come with 3.0 litre and 4.0 litre TFSI engines. These engines will surely deliver more power and better fuel economy. Presently the 3.0 litre TFSI supercharged V6 petrol engine churns out 310 hp of peak power and 440 Nm of peak torque. The larger 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 engine kicks out 435 hp of peak power and 602 Nm of peak torque. On the diesel front the car gets a 3.0 litre turbodiesel engine which delivers 358 hp of peak power and 550 Nm of peak torque. Performance wise the 3.0 litre TFSI engine can hit 0 – 100 kmph in 5.5 seconds, which becomes 4.7 seconds for the 4.0 litre TFSI. The diesel engine can make it in 6.4 seconds. All the three variants come with a limited top speed of 210 kmph.

The Mercedes Maybach S-Class comes in two different variants, S500 and S600. The S500 is powered by a V8 biturbo engine generating 455 hp of peak power and 700 Nm of peak torque. While the V12 engine under the hood of the S600 produces 590 hp of peak power and 890 Nm of peak torque.

Talking about the BMW 7 Series, it is also available in two different variants; 740 Li and 730 Ld. The 740 Li comes with a 3.0 litre in line TwinPower turbo engine churning out 240 hp of peak power and 450 Nm of peak torque. While the 730 Ld comes powered by a 3.0 litre in line BMW TwinPower turbo engine kicking out 195 hp of peak power and 620 Nm of peak torque. Both the cars come with top speed of 250 kmph.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Engine 3.0 litre V6 TFSI / 4.0 litre V8 TFSI / 3.0 litre turbo diesel
Fuel type Petrol / Petrol / Diesel
Maximum power 310 hp / 435 hp / 358 hp
Maximum torque 440 Nm / 602 Nm / 550 Nm
0 – 100 kmph 5.5 seconds / 4.7 seconds / 6.4 seconds

PRICE

The new Audi A8 would come priced between INR. 2 crore to INR. 10 crore, depending on different variants.

COMPETITION

MERCEDES MAYBACH S CLASS

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class High Quality
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Mercedes Maybach is certainly the flagship luxury sedan from the German three pointed star brand. The car looks suave and very stylish and it offers extreme luxury on wheels for the occupants. The Mercedes Maybach S-Class comes available in two different variants, S500 and S600. The S500 gets power from a V8 biturbo engine churning out 455 hp of peak power and 700 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand the S600 is powered by a V12 engine which kicks out 590 hp of peak power and 890 Nm of peak torque.

BMW 7 SERIES

2016 BMW 7 Series High Quality
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BMW 7 Series is the flagship sedan from the brand. The German company launched the new 7 Series at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. The car looks more elegant and stylish compare to the old model. It comes available in two different variants; 740 Li and 730 Ld. The 740 Li is powered by a 3.0 litre in line TwinPower turbo engine which churns out 240 hp of peak power and 450 Nm of peak torque. The 730 Ld comes powered by a 3.0 litre in line BMW TwinPower turbo engine generating 195 hp of peak power and 620 Nm of peak torque.

OLD MODEL

2014 Audi A8

2014 Audi A8
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Audi A8 is the four door luxury executive sedan from the German auto manufacturer. First introduced in 1994, the car is at its third generation presently. The 2014 Audi A8 comes with a large front grille, but with a rounded appearance. The headlamp clusters look sharper, but the LED daytime running lights come with a flowing effect with a L shape. The entire body portrays elegance, but the upcoming 2018 Audi A8 will feature sharper appearance.

Power sources for the 2014 Audi A8 include a range of petrol and diesel engines. On the petrol front a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 engine kicks out 310 hp of peak power, while a 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 engine generates 435 hp of peak power. A larger 6.3 litre W12 engine is also there churning out 493 hp of peak power. Transmission duty is done by an 8 speed ZF automatic gearbox.

The diesel front gets a 3.0 litre TDI engine delivering 258 hp of peak power, while the larger 4.2 litre TDI engine kicks out 385 hp of peak power. Both the engines are mated to 8 speed automatic gearbox.

CONCLUSION

There are not enough informations to give a conclusion about the new Audi A8. But the car will surely come with stronger presence. The new design tweak seems to be perfect to make it more appealing. Audi should consider to update the powertrains, as that will play a crucial role in making the car desired. But this is the car, which is not built for everyone. We hope to see it on Indian roads in near future.

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