The fourth-generation Audi A8 will make its global debut in Barcelona on July 11, 2017.
Since the next-generation A8 is kind of a big deal for Audi, the firm can’t help but beat the drum for its upcoming flagship sedan. A few days ago, the new A8 made its first public appearance – albeit, wearing full camouflage – at the Spiderman Homecoming premiere in Hollywood. Now, with less than a week to go for its July 11th launch in Barcelona, Spain, Audi has teased the side-profile of the brand new A8.
While the picture doesn’t reveal many details, it’s understood that the new A8 will be heavily inspired by the Prologue concept. That said, it doesn’t appear to be a revolutionary design – at least the silhouette suggests that the new car will maintain the seamless and taut lines of smaller Audi sedans. The similarities with its younger siblings do not end here - the upcoming Audi A8 will be underpinned by the firm’s MLB evo platform, but unlike the lesser Audi models, the A8 will club the Audi Space Frame with the architecture. The new Audi A8 is expected to be around 50 kilos lighter than the current model.
If there’s one area where the new A8 is expected to be leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor – or even, its rivals – it’s going to be creature and comfort and in-car tech. Inside, the A8 is expected to come with haptic touch and could also feature an all-digital dashboard. Not only that, the A8 is going to get the most advanced “Level 3” autonomous tech for a production car. The new Audi A8 will also come fitted with a 48V mild hybrid system as standard. What’s more, the sedan will have remote parking control – one which is going to be a bit more advanced than that available in the BMW 7 Series. The A8 will also come with a sophisticated adaptive suspension setup.
Audi will reveal the powertrain options and other technical details of the A8 at the car’s global unveil next week. However, V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines will continue to be the mainstay of the line-up. A range-topping W12 petrol should also be available. All-wheel quattro drivetrain will be standard.
More details will be out on July 11. So stay tuned…
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