Audi will unveil the new A8 in the fall of 2009. At the llaunched date it will be offered with a 4.2 FSI delivering 372 hp and a 4.2 TDI with 340 hp. In 2010 the company will also add two six-cylinder (gasoline / diesel) with three liters and later a V10. The W12 could be dropped in favor of a hybrid version.
The Audi A8 will enter its fourth generation, but the company will stay focus on evolution rather than revolution. It will keep unchanged the famous "Vorsprung durch Technik" meaning aluminum space frame chassis - it saves about 150 kilos and compensated for the extra weight of four-wheel drive and sport differential.
According to AutoBild, the A8’s design will be agressive, will feature too little progress in architecture and in detail, and like the new 7-Series will take no risks.
On the other hand, the long-wheelbase version of the new A6 will have more presence and charisma than the current generation: the single-frame grill is even bigger and more powerful, the controversial style LED provide additional lighting effects to the bow and stern, the wider track emphasizes the sporty appearance.