It was simply a month ago that Audi verified that a brand-new Audi A8 would grace display rooms for the 2018 model year. Now, the brand name with 4 rings has actually been captured testing that next-gen A8 at the Nürburgring, and it appears like there is going to be at least one dramatic change. The car itself looks to maintain the exact same size and total shape of the existing model, however the brand-new model will have a focus on its appearance of general width– specifically with the advancement of Audi’s “Singleframe” grille that is now much wider and extended compared to anything we’ve seen in Audi’s current lineup. Initially, it seems sort of goofy, but after taking a better look, a broader, more noticable grille is really helpful to the A8.
The new 2018 Audi A8 is still sports some pretty heavy camouflage, so there is only a lot we can construct of these spy shots. We do know that the new A8 will ride on the brand-new MLB Evo platform that also underpins the Audi Q7, so there should be a considerable drop in weight to opt for the potential for alternative powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid model. With that stated, I still believe Audi has some suspension tuning to do, as the A8 in these pictures appears to be experiencing extreme body roll on the corners as it maneuvers around the Nürburgring.
2018 Audi A8 Design
Let’s not beat around the bush here; Audi isn’t really precisely known for making significant changes when it revitalizes a model or introduce a brand-new generation. With that said, do not expect excessive modification to the outside of the new A8, with the exception of that Audi “Singleframe” grille that simply appears to keep getting bigger. And that is exactly what you’ll discover with this model too.
The grille is now much broader and sports bigger horizontal louvers. The interesting thing is that it appears like there is an insert in the middle that will in fact separate the grille into two pieces. Overall, the grille practically includes the whole front end, with everything else based upon its overall shape. The headlights concern a sharp slant on the inner edge that mirrors and runs parallel to the upper sides of the grille. The exact same thing goes for the inner edge of the air inlets on each corner.
2018 Audi A8 Engine
Under the hood, we don’t expect to see a great deal of modification. There will be a range of diesel- and gasoline-powered engines– as is the case with the current model– however I wouldn’t anticipate any increase in power output. Lately, the name of the video game has been “Economy,” and a lot of makers have been dropping power output a bit to increase overall economy (you can thank the huge governments of the world for this, by the way), and I think that will be the case here. In truth, 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 down to just 310. That drop in 23 horsepower led to a gain of 1 mph throughout the board for gasoline-powered V-6 models.
2018 Audi A8 Price
Pricing information for the 2018 Audi A8 is still under wraps, but the present model starts out at EUR82,800 in Germany. That means about $92,829 at present currency exchange rate. I would not anticipate to see rates increase much. If anything, the rates might increase by as much as $1,000 across the board, if that.