Not that long ago Audi started a mission to redesign basically all of their cars and make them better to drive, more comfortable and quite a bit more efficient as well. The first was the Q7, then the A4 and now’s the time for the 2018 Audi A8 which will be their third car to use the all new MLB Evo platform. This still uses a longitudinally mounted front engine and it still is being made mostly out of aluminum but this time around Audi and VW worked quite a bit in order to increase the rigidity of the chassis and make the car lighter. In fact, while the current model is also made out of aluminum, we expect the new A8 to shed at least 400 pounds of weight for the lower end models.
This is a rather big chunk of weight and it should make the upcoming A8 a lot better to drive than before. Besides the new platform which the car will be based on, the A8 will also receive new engines and an all new look inside and out. A new range-topping trim level is also going to be added to the range in order to compete with the S600 Maybach but for now this model is still well under wraps. The price will likely not change much, if at all, but the new special edition model as well as a possible RS version of the A8 could finally breach the $200,000 threshold.
Exterior and Interior Design of new A8
Even though the car is still more than a year away from its official launch, not too long ago we have seen the 2018 Audi A8 under camouflage without any real placeholders and like many of us expected, the car seems to look a lot like an evolution of the older model rather than an entirely new car. The front end looks to take some design cues from the Prologue concept car which was showcased a couple of years ago while at the back it will share its design with the new Q7 and its individual LEDs for the tail lights. The new hexagonal 3D grille and recessed headlights make for a more aggressive look than before but the car still looks quite tame in comparison with the new 7 Series for example.
Expect the cabin of the new A8 to be packed with the latest technology and features Audi has to offer. Also, this will be their first car to feature a true autonomous driving feature that will be able to steer, accelerate, brake and even avoid certain situations on clearly marked roads. Later down the road a better system might also be installed but until then people will have to get used to a similar system to that on the Model S.
2018 Audi A8 Engine and Transmission
Thanks to the massive weight loss, the upcoming 2018 Audi A8 will definitely be available with smaller engines than before. This time around a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 mill will definitely be offered as standard in Europe. On the US market on the other hand the car is expected to receive a new 3 liter twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with an output ranging from 350 all the way up to more than 400 horsepower and over 400 lb-ft of torque. A 4 liter twin-turbo V8 with close to 600 horsepower is expected to be offered on the S8 while the rumored RS8 might actually get a rather impressive W12 twin-turbocharged 6 liter mill offering over 700 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque. The transmission of choice will still be an 8 speed automatic and all wheel drive should remain standard across the range. In the US and likely China a hybrid might be offered at a later date but this hasn’t been confirmed just yet.