The Audi A8 is a four door luxury limousine from the German automaker that competes with the BMW 7 Series sedan. The A8 entered production in 1994 and the third generation was just unveiled as a 2011 model. Powered by everything from a 2.8 Liter V6 in the base model all the way up to the top of the line 6.0 Liter W12. The first generation S8 was featured in the 1998 film Ronin, powered by a 4.2 Liter V8 making 335 HP. Meanwhile the second generation S8 had a 5.2 Liter FSI V10 under the hood that produced 444 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque and could rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds, more then enough to trounce its 12 cylinder luxury limousine rivals despite being electronically limited to a 155 MPH top speed.
We know that sometimes, car manufacturers would go through great lengths to conceal their to-be-launched vehicles when they take out for a spin on the streets. We’ve seen stickers, body paints, and even camouflage disguises. What we haven’t seen is a carmaker disguising itself as another brand in an effort to remain anonymous.
Apparently, that’s what Audi did when they rolled out the 2010 Audi A8 along the highways of Arizona. From afar, it’s pretty confusing to distinguish the make and model of the car because of the light camouflage but when you see it closer, you’ll notice a distinct badge from the car’s front grille. In this case, the badge was that of...Mitsubishi?
While keen observers will immediately realize the deception – after all, the Mitsubishi badge is turned upside down – the ruse was still convincing enough to dupe a number of confused passers-by.
Nonetheless, the 2010 A8 – whether or not it does come with a Mitsubishi insignia – is shaping up to be one of most highly-anticipated Audi’s to be released in a long time. While no timetable has been set for the car’s release – it’s still a long ways from now – production has been scheduled to commence in a year’s time in Audi’s Neckarsulm factory in Germany.
Audi is planning to unveil a redesigned Audi A8 early in 2010 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. According to Edmund’s Inside Line, the next generation A8 will undergo more of an evolutionary restyling rather than a radical update in order to look more like rest of the current four ringed family. Just like its predecessor, the smoothed A8 will compete with other upscale models like the Mercedes Benz S-Class and the BMW 7-Series luxury limousine.
Under the hood, we are expecting to see a host of gas and diesel burning engines, including the torquey twelve cylinder engine that is currently used in the Q7 V12 TDI, as well as the 5.2 Liter engine that is going in the back of the upcoming V10 R8. The ten cylinder will deliver up to 520 HP, just like the super car, and the rather large TDI mill will have a maximum output somewhere in the same range as the gas engine except with a monstrous 738 lb-ft of torque and an available eight-speed automatic transmission.
This will be the fourth generation of the Audi A8, and from the rendering it is apparent that the automaker is focusing on evolution rather than revolution and continue to use the "Vorsprung durch Technik" inspired aluminum space frame and Quattro all-wheel drive system with sport differentials.
The luxury automaker Audi will unveil the new A8 this autumn and put the limousine on sale sometime in early 2010. So until the car makes an official debut, we will just have to settle for teaser images, renderings and speculations. This latest attempt at a mean joke was revealed at the German automoble manufacturer’s 100th anniversary celebration.
The only one that shows some sheet metal is a sketch of the car revealing the front headlamp and the LED daytime running lights. The rendering also gives a hint as to what the vehicle’s hood, grille and fenders will look like.
Although under that engine covering we are expecting to see a range of gasoline and diesel engines including the V12 used in the Q7 V12 TDI and the V10 that is going into the upcoming R8. The V10 engine will deliver up to 520 HP and the V12 TDI will have a maximum output in the same range except with 738 lb-ft of torque. Either way it should be enough to move the new A8’s weight saving aluminum space frame.
Top Speed first reported that the German automaker Audi had delayed the launch of their luxury limousine and that the A8 would not be making an appearance this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The large parking space won’t be the only empty one at the show because the member of the VW Group just announced that the little A1 compact car is going to suffer the same fate. However there is still some good news, the A5 Sportback is still on schedule. Both the longest and smallest members of the Audi lineup will still debut before the end of the year.
Apparently the problem recent issue with the A1 has nothing to do with mechanical defects, but the dealers that will sell the 20,000 Euro city car. In an interview earlier this year with Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen, “They said: ‘This is impossible. You cannot charge this much for small cars.’ In their mind, they were thinking $18,000, because that’s the conditioning our society still has." It doesn’t look like the luxury automaker will be dropping the price anytime soon, so hopefully consumers will find value in the diminutive vehicle’s comfort and economy.
As for the new Audi A8, it is believed that the Germans will wait until the next big trend setting auto show in L.A. The luxury limousine will be powered by a few different 8 cylinder engines, two burning gasoline and the other pair running on diesel, displacing either 3.0 or 4.0 Liters. However the factor tuned S8 will have a 5.0 Liter FSI V10 under the hood, capable of making over 600 HP.
The next generation Audi A8 was supposed to be launched this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, but unfortunately the unveiling was delayed along with the highly anticipated all electric R8 super car. The German automakers have decided to forego their home show and even hold off on making an appearance with the luxury limousine at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. What we have learned is that the all new A8 is headed for a debut in the sunshine state, could it be the South Florida International Auto Show? Back in Frankfurt we will see a few of the automaker’s new products, the Audi R8 Spider and the A5 Sportback.
The executives at Audi are hesitant to unveil the new A8 in Frankfurt or in L.A. because they do not want the launch of their flagship limousine to be overshadowed by other automobile’s international debuts. It also doesn’t hurt that the current A8 is still selling quite well, and if it isn’t broke there is no need to fix it. The four ringed automaker also has a few more models planned for future production, like the A7 Sportback that is set to be unveiled in 2010, the compact A1 will also make an appearance in 2010, followed shortly by the slightly larger A2 and the Q3 compact crossover.
The German Volkswagen tuners, PPI Design, have turned their attention to making a more striking Audi A8. By adding a few aggressive components they have created an exclusive sedan that still maintains the elegance that it came with from the factory. The restyling both refreshes and updates the complete look of the Audi A8, creating a truly unique vehicle. The A8 Executive is proof of PPI’s passion for Audi products; the tuners spared no expense to produce a luxury limousine with sports styling to match its level of luxury.
The aero kit consists of an aerodynamically proven front spoiler, redesigned rear diffuser and a raised rear spoiler for enhanced stability at high speeds. A set of 20 inch PPI Formula light-alloy wheels, a chrome delete of all exterior trim and exclusive “Executive” badging set this A8 apart from ordinary German luxury limousines.
However; the PPI didn’t spend all of their time on the exterior. A vehicle that looks this good needs to perform just as well. PPI offers a Stage 1 kit that increases the power of the 4.2 Liter FSI V8 with a reprogrammed computer; free flowing air filter and a PPI sport exhaust system. This setup is good for making the most of all 420 HP the Audi has on tap. PPI is currently working on a Stage 2 kit that will center around a twin screw supercharger that should net somewhere around 600 HP. The German tuners aren’t all about gasoline, all of these performance products are available for diesel powered Audis as well.
During Audi’s annual shareholders meeting in Germany, Chairman of the Board, Rupert Stadler, announced that the next generations of Audi A8 and A5 Sportback models will make their world debuts sometime this calendar year.
When talking about the Audi A5 Sportback, Stadler said it will be “a revolutionary vehicle concept offering the ideal blend of functionality and aesthetics.” He also commented that the next generation Audi A8 will be “a sensation,” and that it “will be the sportiest luxury sedan in its class.”
The vehicle’s official motor show debut will come in late November. Next to these 2 models, the German automaker will also add: the compact A1 in 2010, the Q3 CUV in 2011 and a hybrid version for the popular Q5 SUV.
The new comfort plus style package adds to the A8 new exterior color: Night Blue, pearl effect, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels of 12-spoke design, comfort seats in Valcona leather; the full-leather trim for the center console, doors and dashboard is in silk beige Fine Nappa leather. The equipment package also includes heating for the front and rear seats, and front seats with seat ventilation and massage function.
The sport plus style package adds new Panther Black, crystal effect paint, “adaptive light” with LED daytime running lights, sports seats in goa beige Valcona leather and heating for the front seats. The center console, doors and lower dashboard are trimmed in black Fine Nappa leather.
Before Audi turns a big sedan into a coupe with the A7, its going to have one last crack at making a large sedan into a large sedan with an updated A8. Just like previous renderings and rumors, the new A8 should get a sleeker and more aggressive design inspired by the A7/Sportback concept. Just like smaller models, Audi’s next flagship will utilize the MLP platform, which will allow for the engine to be mounted further back and more weight directed toward the center of the car.
As far as the engine lineup goes, the middle of the road should stay the same with at variety of V6 and V8 engines in both gas and diesel forms offered over the international line. What is unclear just now is that if Audi continues to go for smaller engines with turbocharging, a four cylinder engine may become the base powerplant. Rumors suggest 230 hp version of the 2.0-liter TFSI engine from the Volkswagen Group’s parts bin may become the lowest rung on the A8 ladder. For the same reason a four-banger may make an appearance in the large sedan, it may also jeopardize the top of the line W12 engine or possibly the Lamborghini-inspired 5.2-liter V10 in the next R8.
Any engine shake ups should not have a huge effect on the U.S. market, where we currently have only V8 engines or higher, and will likely never see a diesel version of the big sedan. The official debut of the next A8 will be made in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and the sales will begin in 2010.
For a world that is supposed to be shifting to cars that are smaller, weaker and cheaper, we’re happy to see plenty of new big sports sedans. Mercedes is refreshing the S-Class, the next Jaguar XJ is expected soon, and now we are getting more information of Audi’s next flagship A8. According to Automobilwoche, Audi has confirmed the next generation A8 for 2010. An Audi spokesman told the German magazine: "Our new flagship will come next year."
We don’t have all the technical details on the vehicle yet, but since Audi’s motto is “Vorsprung durch Technik” (Advancement through Technology), we expect something interesting for Audi’s flagship sedan. We at least know that one piece of technology that will stay on the A8 should be the light aluminum space frame chassis.
Powering the large sedan worldwide will likely be a choice of gas and diesel engines. The U.S. will likely not see the oil burners, so the top of the line will probably continue to be the 450 hp 6.0-liter W12 engine. When the S8 shows up later, it should carry the Lamborghini-inspired 5.2-liter V10 engine that will likely make more than its current 450 hp but no more than the 525 hp in the R8 V10 that uses the same engine.
There has been no confirmation on when the refreshed A8 will be revealed, but if it’s supposed to be on the streets in 2010, we may get the first peek as soon as the Frankfurt show in September.