It was just a month ago that Audi validated that a brand-new Audi A8 would grace display rooms for the 2018 model year. Now, the brand name with four rings has been caught evaluating that next-gen A8 at the Nürburgring, and it looks like there is going to be at least one remarkable modification. The car itself wants to maintain the same size and general shape of the existing model, but the brand-new model will have an emphasis on its look of total width– specifically with the evolution of Audi’s “Singleframe” grille that is now much broader and extended compared to anything we’ve seen in Audi’s present lineup. Initially, it seems kind of goofy, however after taking a more detailed look, a broader, more noticable grille is in fact advantageous to the A8.
The brand-new 2018 Audi A8 is still sports some quite heavy camo, so there is only so much we can construct of these spy shots. We do understand that the new A8 will ride on the new MLB Evo platform that likewise underpins the Audi Q7, so there should be a considerable drop in weight to opt for the potential for alternative powertrains, consisting of a plug-in hybrid model. With that stated, I still believe Audi has some suspension tuning to do, as the A8 in these images seems to be experiencing excessive body roll on the corners as it maneuvers around the Nürburgring.
Let’s not beat around the bush here; Audi isn’t really precisely known for making dramatic changes when it refreshes a model or ushers in a brand-new generation. With that stated, do not anticipate excessive modification to the exterior of the new A8, with the exception of that Audi “Singleframe” grille that just appears to keep getting larger. Which is exactly what you’ll find with this model as well.
The grille is now much wider and sports larger horizontal louvers. The intriguing thing is that it appears like there is an insert in the middle that will actually separate the grille into 2 pieces. Overall, the grille practically incorporates the whole front end, with everything else based on its general shape. The headlights pertain to a sharp slant on the inner edge that mirrors and runs parallel to the upper sides of the grille. The same thing opts for the inner edge of the air inlets on each corner.
Under the hood, we do not expect to see a lot of modification. There will be a series of diesel- and gasoline-powered engines– as holds true with the existing model– however I wouldn’t expect any increase in power output. Recently, the name of the video game has been “Economy,” and a lot of manufacturers have actually been dropping power output a bit to increase overall economy (you can thank the huge federal governments of the world for this, by the method), and I believe that will hold true here. In reality, Audi already did it with the shift from the 2014 model to the 2015 model when it dropped the 3.0-liter V-6 from 333 horse power to simply 310. That drop in 23 horse power led to a gain of 1 mph throughout the board for gasoline-powered V-6 models.
Rates information for the 2018 Audi A8 is still under covers, however the present model starts out at EUR82,800 in Germany. That means about $92,829 at present currency exchange rate. I would not expect to see prices increase much. If anything, the prices might increase by as much as $1,000 across the board, if that.