2018 Audi A8 will sit on lighter MLB Evo platform shared with latest Q7; likely derive new 6.0-litre W12 engine from Bentley Bentayga
An all-new generation Audi A8 seems to be heading our way soon and is likely to be released sometime this year – probably at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September – to keep the ball rolling in the high-end of the luxury division. The A8 is the oldest name in the whole of full-sized luxury sedan space and a new version holds all the more excitement as loads of pride at stake as well.
The Ingolstadt-based automaker has always placed the A8 as a halo offering and it defines the genuine characters of the brand for a long period of time now. Replaced the Audi V8 back in 1994, the A8 is currently in its third generation. While the previous avatars were based on the D platform, the latest A8 sits on MLB architecture.
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It has not been heavily updated since late 2009 when the third-gen came out. The Audi A8 is produced exclusively at the Neckarsulm plant and is the first global car to be constructed on an aluminium chassis marketed as Audi Space Frame. Enough of history lessons and back to the new car, shall we?
Earlier test mules spotted had indicated that the new-gen A8 will look completely different to the current model. Based on them, Peisert Design has come up with a rendering that gives a clear preview of what we can expect. Targetting the family audience, the upcoming A8 adopts a conventional front fascia with sharper LED headlamps, more pronounced wider grille assembly, new body panels, bigger wheels, muscular lines, etc.
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Despite the design changes, the overall shape of the A8 will remain the same with more sleekness added. It will be built around the MLB Evo platform shared with the second generation flagship Q7 SUV and resultantly it could weigh as low as 200 kilograms compared to the existing model.
The interior will get many notable modifications like the latest infotainment unit from Audi’s features bin with OLED display and gesture control. A standard digital instrument cluster will be accompanied by several semi-autonomous technologies that will let it drive up to 60 kmph on its own. It is expected to get a new 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 taken straight off the Bentley Bentayga alongside a smaller 4.0-litre V8 propping up the hotter S8.
Source: Peisert Design