Audi A8

Audi A8

  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.

Posted on by Terence 2

A few days ago we mentioned that Audi was keeping their new flagship model under wraps in a purpose built pavilion in Miami Beach. Well last night the German automaker took off the covers and rolled the all new for 2011 Audi A8 luxury limousine out onto the stage after hearing from actress Lucy Liu and the car’s head designer as we awaited the luminescent sculpture that dropped down from the ceiling right before the actual reveal.

Audi Unveils the 2011 A8 in Miami

With art being a major theme of the night’s conversation, it was nice to hear the German designer talk about the fact that if something doesn’t work and the function isn’t there then it doesn’t matter how beautiful the body is because it just won’t work. Well the new A8 looks a bit smaller then it did before thanks to the large sedan’s sportier lines and wraparound LED lamps. On the inside is the A8 features technologies like a touch pad that you can write on using your finger like a stylus, luxurious ambient lighting and a pair of the most comfortable hip hugging well bolstered back seats of any car on the market today. It would also appear that Audi is trying to push alternative fuels on the U.S. market because of the vast assortment of fuel efficient diesel burning options that will be made available in the new A8 .

Video after the jump.

In the spirit of the coming holidays, Audi has effectively gift-wrapped the new Audi A8 in a blanket of aluminum foil, concealing the car’s appearance from the wandering eyes of the public until its much-anticipated unveiling on November 30.

We’re not big fans of having to wait for the covers to be lifted but we do appreciate a good set-up when we see one. If you don’t know, the Audi A8 Audi A8 will be launched at the Audi Pavilion in Miami on Monday, at which time; the public will finally get a first-hand look at Audi’s new flagship luxury car.

Can’t wait? Well, get in line.

Source: Jalopnik

Days before the world premier of the new Audi A8 at the Audi Pavilion in Miami, the boys from Ingolstadt released a short teaser video of the new flagship luxury sedan.

It looks like Audi is really pushing hard to create an artsy spin on the new A8, even going as far as giving us a rather, ‘artistic’ teaser of the new A8. Not much of the car is shown, but it does make you wonder as to what the unveiling is going to be like on November 30.

As far as we’re concerned, we have a gut feeling that it’s going to be something we’ve never seen before. But that’s just us.

Source: Carscoop

The world debut of the new Audi A8 will not be happening on any auto shows in the near future.

No; for this occasion, Audi wants to hog the spotlight all to itself and rightfully so. The flagship A8 sedan will make its world unveiling at the Audi Pavilion on November 30 - the eve of the yearly art-fest ’Design Miami’. If you don’t know where that is, it’s actually
a temporary museum structure located in Miami.

Some of you might find the decision a little curious, especially since the upcoming LA Auto Show figures to be the perfect setting for the A8 to be revealed. But the decision ultimately rested on the shoulders of the folks from Ingolstadt and they figured that the A8 would be best-served to have the stage all the itself.

As far as the venue-of-choice is concerned, Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, decided that Miami’s Design District would be the ideal location because, as he said: "Our claim "Vorsprung durch Technik" also embraces design, which is one of the outstanding elements of the Audi signature. And as top design has now emerged as an acknowledged art form, we see the bridge between art and architecture as a logical step in advancing our brand."

We don’t really have any preference as to where Audi decides to unveil the new A8, although their decision to skip the auto show scene has led us to believe that they may have something up their sleeve as far as the world unveiling of the A8 is concerned.

Press release and video after the jump.

Source: Audi

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 theQ7 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.

Source: Inside Line

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.

Audi A8 - new teaser images revealed

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.

Audi A8 - new teaser images revealed

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.

Source: AutoCar

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.

Source: 4wheelsnews

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.

Source: CarandDriver
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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 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.

Source: PPI Design

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