New Audi A8 spied undergoing hot weather test work
22 September 2009

These are the clearest pictures so far of the new Audi A8, which is set to be unveiled later this year.

The new A8 has been spied testing around the Nurburgring in heavy disguise previously, but has now begun its final phase of development in lighter camouflage.

The Mercedes S-class, Lexus LS and BMW 7-series rival will use a weight-saving aluminium spaceframe and be around 10cm longer than the current model.

It is also expected to get a cleaner and more efficient range of engines, including 3.0-litre and 4.2-litre V8s. Front and four-wheel-drive versions are likely to be offered for sale.

Audi says the car will be unveiled in late autumn, and it is expected to go on sale in the UK in early 2010.

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22 September 2009

How does it manage to look boring, even with those crazy psychedelic swirls all over it. Was hoping Audi would be brave but looks like it's just going to be an inflated A4.

22 September 2009

Yawn, yet another generic Audi design in a larger size.

It'll never top an S Class

22 September 2009

Actually A4Mk1 was a smaller A8Mk1.

I still think the Mk1 A8 (first aluminium model) was one of the best looking saloons around.

22 September 2009

S-class pwnz this. Nice wall paper though!

22 September 2009

Please clarify what "pwnz" means.

I'm afraid I don't often get the chance to "hang wit da homies in da hood", so I'm a bit hazy on the precise shade of meaning.

However, I assume you mean that the S-Class is far superior to the imminent A8. If so, please supply supporting evidence for your glib assertion.

22 September 2009

Its good to see you’re all making proportional and measured criticism of the cars styling when you actually have no clue at all what it looks like – aside from the partial reveal of the headlights, the rear lights and the A pillars, the rest of the cars features and lines are completely obscured with false panelling and padding.

22 September 2009

Lighter than what it would have weighed had it been developed using the old technology, or actually lighter than the predecessor even with the increased length? It seems like the case with the Mercedes D or E class, which now weighs in excess of 300 kgs more than it used to weigh in the late 80s or early 90s; perverse, especially when lighter materials have become a norm and even lighter materials are becoming a norm, materials like Carbon Fibre and stuff. In case of Mercedes, that's like already having three very healthy individuals seated in your vehicle even before you have taken the seat and down the drain go all the savings promised by the new technologies.

In case of car companies, it seems the consumer never wins. Whenever a lighter technology has finally passed all the tests and starts to become a norm, people in the automotive industry increase the size of the vehicles to counter the effect.

22 September 2009

From what I understand it will be lighter than the current model. I doubt it will beat the new XJ's claimed weight though.

22 September 2009

[quote ewallace1]it's just going to be an inflated A4[/quote]

Don't you think the current A4 looks dated already?

It seems the only design 'innovation' Audi incorporate in their cars is slightly different shape of LED running lights in every new model. Now, that's proper progress.

22 September 2009

[quote manicm]I still think the Mk1 A8 (first aluminium model) was one of the best looking saloons around.[/quote] Me too. It was classically elegant.

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