A raft of tweaks to the Audi A8 are to be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show
11 July 2013

Audi is planning to give its own Mercedes-Benz S-class challenger a refresh, with a Audi A8 facelift set to be launched at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

The test mule spied here indicates that the styling changes will include revised front light graphics, a new grille and minor tweaks to the bumper which include intergrating the tailpipes into the rear bumper. Changes to the rear lights create a strong signature line.

Revisions to the engine line-up will include the latest twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel from the A6, and the most recent version of the 4.2-litre V8 turbodiesel found in the Porsche Cayenne.

The latest iteration of Audi’s Connect multimedia system - which includes in-car internet access, Google Maps Street View and voice read-outs of functions including emails - is also destined for the A8.

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11 July 2013

More than anything it needs suspension changes and thinner front seats in the SWB to improve rear leg room

11 July 2013

I'm sure this A8 will be a thoroughly competent car, but even Audi will know that it won't be able to hold a candle to the new S-Class.


11 July 2013

I'm sure it will be.  But the drivers?  I think they have to go through a selection process to ensure that only selfish incompetent gits are allowed to buy Audis.  Why is this?

12 July 2013

... is what the headline should say as clearly these photos were taken at least 4-5 months ago and the development period should be almost over by now.

Of the large executive saloons, this would be my one of my choice as the it is one of the only Audis that remains understated like they were in the early 2000s.  Hope they resolve the blobby A4 rear end.

Sadly I'm clearly in a minority, the Mercedes S class just doesn't do it for me as I see it all too frequently as a Heathrow/M4 corridor car.

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