The German manufacturer is all set to launch the new refreshed 2018 Audi A8. The Audi A8 is a name that is synonymous with luxury. This uber-elite sedan is perhaps the German automaker’s most sought after creation. It is a car that holds a different place in garages of the ultra-rich. The first generation of A8 came into public showrooms in 1994. Since then it has acted like an immovable object as far as full-sized luxury sedans are concerned. It has gone through 3 generations of design and performance changes with a 4th one in line for a debut.
Going by facts, the Audi A8’s first two generations used a Volkswagen Group D platform. Its 3rd Generation chose to use the new MLB platform. The Audi’s latest addition to this flagship series will most probably be using an improved MLB Evo platform. Its new platform setup would ensure a drop in weight. So, the customers will get a lighter and nimbler car for better on-road performance and fuel economy.
2018 Audi A8 – Spotted Testing on Nurburgring
Spy cameras of some elusive car magazine first spotted 2018 Audi A8 going through the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark. As expected it was under heavy camouflage. After that many photographers have spotted this sedan making its way around the Nurburgring circuit.
Experts have judged and looked at countless shots of this camouflaged sedan. Most of them say that dimension wise 2018 Audi A8 will not boast of any significant difference. So, overall size and shape will mostly remain unchanged. But, there might be considerable redesign in other exterior components.
For, instance, if one looks at this new 2018 Audi A8 front fascia, he might be surprised to see a much wider front grille. In fact, this might just be Audi’s widest “single-frame” grille design. It is probably done to give a more comprehensive outlook to the vehicle, which serves its purpose quite well.
A more aggressive and lean pair of LED lights will flank this new grille setup. The 2018 Audi A8 will also have a freshly designed front bumper. Speaking of lights, expect to get larger tail lamps that cover a significant portion of the trunk lid. These tail lights are most probably going to feature new OLED technology lighting systems.
Coming to discussions on interior redesign elements, expect this luxury vehicle to come loaded with the latest bells and whistles. But as no official photo or document is available about this new interior, one can only speculate.
So, going by rough predictions and expectations, the customers can see a fine leather upholstered cabin with Audi’s new virtual cockpit system. This new car will also come with standard Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and a more digitized center console. Seats will be tailored to facilitate maximum ride comfort and customer satisfaction. Advanced features like an improved parking assist, a more intuitive cruised control function, and other high-tech plug-ins will also grace the interiors of this 2018 Audi A8.
Now coming to performance specs, there is very little concrete fact to base one’s assumptions. But it is highly likely that the customers are going to get quite a few engine choices, depending on what trim they choose. These might include: –
- A 3.0 liter V6 TFSI, which is going to be a replacement to an older 4.0 cylinder variant
- The brand new Diesel V8 power plant that produces close to 435 HP at 444 lb-ft of torque
All these engines are going to come with Audi’s efficient 8-speed automatic transmission. This gear system will distribute power to all 4 wheels. When it comes to fuel economy one can speculate this 2018 Audi A8 to give around 20 mpg in cities and close to 30 mpg on highways.
Competition, Price and Expected Release Date
Keeping in mind that the 2018 Audi A8 will face stiff competition from BMW’s 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG models, pricing will be something that the 4 rings need to take very seriously. So, expect this flagship luxury vehicle to start from around $80,000. The Audi will look to gain a larger chunk of market share by pricing this car in a strategically viable cost.
As far as release date is concerned, the customers can expect to see 2018 Audi A8 make market entry by early 2018.