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.