These are new pictures of the Audi A8, which will arrive in UK showrooms next March priced from £52,800.
The new car has lost the mass and bulk of the current model’s styling, replacing it instead with design themes from the A4. Much of the A8’s exterior design is lifted from the A4, especially around the front and rear.
Underlining the car's importance to Audi, company chairman Rupert Stadler said at its launch in Miami: "The A8 embodies everything that Audi is capable of. It’s the essence of our brand and represents our future. The A8 is the cornerstone in our route to becoming a signature brand that is one of a kind and unmistakable."
It’s a bigger car than its predecessor; at 5137mm long, 1949mm wide and 1460mm tall it's longer and wider than a Mercedes S-class or a BMW 7-series but lower than both. That makes it the biggest car in its class.
Audi design director Stefan Sielaff said: "Customers worldwide can appreciate that it is a premium statement. The rear of the A8 has always been too calm in the past; we needed to make it more luxurious."
As with all previous A8s, the car is built from aluminium, and using new alloys has cut 6.5kg from the A8’s weight. In total, the new A8 is an average of 110kg lighter than the outgoing model, with fuel consumption an average of 20 per cent better.
The front and rear lights use LEDs that offer illumination more like daylight than conventional headlamps. They also use less energy and weigh less.