Confirmed: 2011 Audi A8 Comes in November
Obviously, the new A8 will be sold as model year 2011. The news was confirmed by Audi's CEO Rupert Stadler who also described the upcoming model as "the sportiest luxury sedan in its class", despite the fact that it competes with several successful models such as Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse, Lexus LS and BMW 7 Series.
According to MotorAuthority.com, the model is projected to enter production as soon as the second half of the next year, with pricing data yet to be unveiled.
Obviously, there are lots of rumors surrounding the next generation A8, with some of them hinting that the car will use 8-cylinder engines, two petrol and two diesel. Engine displacements will include the 3.0l and 4.2l, both with improved fuel efficiency and start/stop system. The S8 version will likely use a 5.0l V10 FSI engine, capable of developing 620 horsepower, according to some March media reports.
An Audi spokesman earlier this year confirmed that the new Audi A8 is projected to arrive sometime in 2010 - to be sold as model year 2011 - but refused to provide details about the upcoming car.
"Our new flagship comes in the next year," an Audi spokesman said, without giving any other details regarding the subject.
Nevertheless, it may seem the A8 will rely on some technologies we have already seen on A4 and A6. For the development of the car, the German brand will use some of the parts designed for the A4 and A6, at least as far as the car's structure is concerned.