Audi’s present 3rd generation A8 has been on sale internationally since 2009 and finally we will have the fourth generation hitting the markets soon. The new generation A-8 (D-5) will make its first appearance on the eleventh of July 2017 at the Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain. Of course it will make its global premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017. Rupert Stradler, Chairman, Audi said that the A8 will be a “totally new operating concept – generously dimensioned and intuitive”
As far as design is concerned, the new A8 will get its chiselled look from the Audi Prologue Idea. Audi’s MLB Evo platform will help in making the new A-8 lighter than its predecessor and also more compatible with substitute powertrains. The car will also come armed with the most advanced self-directed driving system to come from Ingolstadt, but the whole functionality won’t be accessible immediately after the launch as the present legislation is not ready for it. Rupert Stadler, however, said that “as soon as legislation is passed in our core markets allowing highly automatic driving on the freeway, and when that is validly safe, we will offer the new key technology in the Audi A8.”
The new generation A8 will borrow design cues from the Prologue Concept car
Beside the changes in design to the exterior, the cabin too will see a host of variations and this includes sufficiently of automatic features such as an updated version of the Traffic Jam Assist, which works at speeds of up to 60 KMP through heavy traffic conditions without any input from the driver. It will also come with the second generation of Audi’s virtual cockpit and in fact, it will be the first car from the Audi stable to get it.
Under the hood of the Luxo-barge will be alike powertrain options as the present car. But apart from the regular petrol and diesel units, Audi will follow up the green push with the overview of a plug-in hybrid optional as well. A 4.0-litre V8 producing 460bhp could be joined by a 6.3-litre W12 pushing out 565bhp. Which currently does duty on the newly launched Bentley Bentayga the oil burners would include a 3.0 litre V-6 with 270 BHP and a 4.0 litre V-8 belting out 405 BHP. A more powerful S8 has already been marked testing which could also employ a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 from the Porsche Panamera.
In India though, we expect Audi’s new flagship car to be launched towards the end of 2018. Once launched the car will go up against the likes of the new the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.