The 2018 updated Audi A8 2018 to be released next year was captured when undergoing large-scale trials on the German and Austrian routes. Designed under the strong influence of the concept model Prologue, the new sedan comes with a significantly different design compared to up-to-date generation. More likely it will grow in length, but perhaps, on the images we see exactly the Audi A8 L.
Review Audi A8 2018:
Looking at the photo you can see that the designers have lowered the roof line below, so that the profile part of the body looks quite elegant. The general impression of its body suggests that the new car will be far lighter than its previous versions.
In the front area of the new gen Audi flagship we see a massive grille, made in the form of a hexagon, immediately hits the eyes. The headlights have been redesigned too – now they look more expressive. The rear part of the body boasts new taillights, which currently look more angular. The car’s lighting smoothly shifts to the luggage compartment door, so as on the regular version, but it has a completely refined structure.
The new generation A8 will please us with the improved doors, a much smaller glass area, completely LED lighting as well as other design tweaks that we have previously seen in the Prologue concept.
Besides this, you can see that the perfectly disguised test vehicle features a low ground clearance – it indicates the test of its suspension.
Changes in the interior of the car:
Unfortunately, we have no pictures of the new car’s interior, but we can ascertain that the Audi C8 will make use of the Audi Virtual Cockpit, which was already considered as extra equipment at a lower cost A4. In the new car, it will be most likely available in the basic version, and it will function in tandem with the new, modified entertainment and information complex MMI. The system will be equipped with OLED-screen as well as gesture recognition technology.
In addition, it has already become known that the interior will feature a fully digital instrument panel, and there will also be a large number of various miniature touchscreens, which are going to replace some buttons.
It has been already conformed that for the upcoming Audi A8 the autonomous driving technology in traffic jams will be used as an option. It will enable to drive the vehicle instead of the driver at a speed of up to 60 km / h, but only on the road. As Wilrich Hankenberg (head of the company) disclosed, it’s going to be the first vehicle on which the transition from various auxiliary electronic systems to unmanned control will be carried out. Due to the introduction of all new technologies, the 2018 Audi A8 will demonstrate enhanced fuel efficiency.
We can confidently ascertain that the full-size sedan will undergo various operations, just to significantly reduce its weight. Fortunately, for the most part, the MLB Evo platform will help to meet this objective.
Technical characteristics of the new car:
There’s no doubt the list of powerplants of the new A8 will include a bi-turbo six-liter W12 engine. Previously, this motor was used in the Bentley Bentayga, enabling it to reach an impressive 600 hp. peak power. We can confidently assume that the manufacturer will also offer the newest 435-hp four-liter TDI V8, equipped with the e-turbo system from SQ7.
The rest of the engine lineup will include what Audi developers are offering today, based on TSI and TDI V6 variants. A full-fledged electro-type E-Tron is planned. The cutting-edge vehicle is expected to be capable of competing with the Tesla Model-S. Certainly, everything will depend on the capacity of its battery.
The sports version of the S8 sedan will probably grasp a V8 turbo engine (possibly as a hybrid).
The body of the new flagship will be built around the newly developed MLB Evo platform. It will enable the new car to get rid of unnecessary weight and provide engineers with excellent technical capabilities for installing the newest alternative engines.
The second most important feature of the new platform is reflected in the increase of free space in the cabin as well as the improvement of its ergonomics.
Key competitors of the 2018 Audi A8
The new diamond of the German car maker will offer a truly revolutionary new stuff in this market niche. So, it’s going to be taken on by such rivals as the Jaguar XJ, the BMW 7-Series, the Maserati Quattroporte, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and even the Tesla Model-S.
2018 Audi A8: the date of its debut (Date Release)
The official presentation of the new car will take place in March of the next year at the Geneva Automobile Salon. The fresh Audi A8 will be presented as a car of the 2018 model year. However, the German car maker might postpone the highly anticipated presentation until September for the purpose of showing the novelty at home – at the Frankfurt Motor Show.